Rebs win 11-10; take series at Georgia

Ole Miss wins shootout in Athens; now goes for the sweep on Sunday.

ATHENS, Ga. - Ole Miss (16-11, 3-5 SEC) broke out the bats on Saturday, and needed every one of the 16 hits it got, as the Rebels held on down the stretch to claim its first SEC series win with an 11-10 victory of No. 19 Georgia (18-8, 3-5 SEC).

Ole Miss got big nights out of Jon-Jon Hancock, Logan Power and Mark Wright, as the trip combined for eight hits, three home runs and nine of the Rebels 11 runs. Hancock went 2-for-5 at the plate with five RBI, a three-run home run and two runs scored. Power went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season, and Wright went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a two-run home run and three runs scored.

"It was one of those days where our big guys did everything we needed, and we needed all the hits and offense we got from them tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We needed every bit of offense we could find. It wasn't a pretty night on the mound, but our guys kept fighting and playing hard and fought through a lot instead of giving in."

Tommy Baumgardner (3-4) picked up his third win of the season, the most in a single season for the senior southpaw, as he worked 4.0 innings in relief of Cody Satterwhite. Baumgardner gave up three runs on three hits as he struck out one and walked three.

Stoney Stone picked up his first save of the season as he worked 2.2 innings to close out the game, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking none. Cody Satterwhite drew the start, working 2.0 innings as he allowed four runs on four hits and walked four batters.

Mickey Westphal (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he worked 2.2 innings as he allowed four runs on six hits as he walked two and struck out none.

Georgia struck first on Saturday with Bobby Felmy taking one deep to right field off the foul pole for a two-run home run to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in the first. The shot scored Gordon Beckham who reached after walking on four straight pitches a batter earlier. Felmy hit a three-run home run on Friday night to pull Georgia back into the game with the Rebels.

The Rebels tied things in the top of the second on a single up the middle from Jon-Jon Hancock with one out. Hancock's single scored Alex Presley and Mark Wright who reached on a single and a walk, then executed a double steal to get to second and third for Hancock. Ole Miss got a third run on a single to center field from Justin Henry to score Hancock from second. The Bulldogs got out of the inning on the play as Logan Power was thrown out at home trying to score from first.

With two outs on the board in the second, the Bulldogs looked to start a rally, loading the bases with a single a walk and Felmy was hit by a pitch. Josh Morris ripped a single through the right side to drive in two runs and put Georgia back in the lead 4-3.

Ole Miss tied the game at four with an RBI single to center field from Wright to score Cozart from third. Cozart reached on a two-out walk before moving to third on a single to right from Presley.

Power put the Rebels back in the lead, as the freshman hit his first collegiate home run with a solo shot to right field to open up the fourth inning. Another run came with the bases loaded on a fielder's choice from Cozart that scored Henry as the Bulldogs got Coghlan at second on the play. A strikeout ended the inning for the Rebels, but Ole Miss held a 6-4 lead.

Georgia cut back into the lead in the fifth with a solo home run to left field from Jason Jacobs, pulling the Bulldogs within one at 6-5. The Bulldogs threatened to tie the game with runners at second and third and two outs on the board, but a shot up the middle from Matthew Dunn was cut off by Cozart racing to the middle of the field behind second and making the throw to first to end the inning.

Hancock then notched his first home run of the season with a three-run shot to left field with two outs in the seventh. Hancock took the pitch on a 2-0 count from Adam McDaniel and sent it over the fence to score Presley and Wright who had reached on a walk and a single. The Rebels held a 9-5 lead at the end of the inning.

Georgia would not go away, answering with a triple from Matt Robbins with one out in the seventh to score Jason Jacobs. A single deep to short from Jonathan Wyatt scored Robbins and cut the Ole Miss lead to two at 9-7. Stoney Stone then came in to relieve Baumgardner with a runner at first and one out. Stone promptly got Ryan Peisel to ground into a double play at short to end the inning and keep the lead on the side of the Rebels.

Wright then came up big for the Rebels, giving Ole Miss some breathing room with a two-run shot in the top of the ninth to move the Rebels out to an 11-7 lead.

Georgia answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot from Morris on the first pitch to put a run on the board for the Bulldogs. Jacobs then reached on a single before moving to third on a single to the wall in right field from Wyatt. Wyatt was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double. The Bulldogs added a second run on a single to third from Peisel that scored Jacobs as Peisel legged out the throw.

Georgia cut the lead to one on a single to left center from Dunn to score Peisel who had advanced to second on a defensive indifference. A single to center from Joey Side advanced Dunn to third. Ole Miss got out of the inning and picked up the win on a fly out to left field from Beckham.

Ole Miss and Georgia play the final game of the series at noon CDT on Sunday at Foley Field.

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