Rebs back in thick of race with sweep at GA

Ole Miss won 11-4 Sunday to finish the sweep of the Bulldogs. Now the Rebels turn their attention to USM and a game Tuesday night at 7 o'clock in Pearl at the home of the Mississippi Braves, the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

ATHENS, Ga. - Ole Miss (17-11, 4-5 SEC) made some history and picked up some much needed wins over the weekend, completing a sweep of the 19th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs with an 11-4 win on Sunday. It marked the first-ever sweep of the Bulldogs in a three-game series in the history of the program.

Ole Miss got another big day from its offense, pounding out 16 hits for the second-straight game as nine batters drove in runs on the day. C. J. Ketchum led the Rebels at the plate with a 4-for-5 performance and a walk. Ketchum scored a run and drove in a run. Alex Presley went 2-for-2 at the plate with four runs scored, two RBI and four stolen bases on the afternoon.

Our offense is really playing well, and we had a great offensive weekend," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "On the mound, Lance Lynn struggled early but handled it and overcame the slow start. It's tough for a freshman pitcher in the SEC, but there aren't many who can walk four batters in the first inning and still be pitching in the seventh with a lead."

Lance Lynn (2-2) picked up the win as he worked 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits as he walked five and struck out six. Brett Bukvich also pitched for the Rebels, striking out four, walking none and allowing only two hits as he held the Bulldogs scoreless in 2.2 innings of work to close out the game.

Travis Holder (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he gave up four runs in the top of the first. Holder allowed six runs on six hits as he struck out one and walked three in his 2.1 innings of work. Georgia used five pitchers on the afternoon.

Ole Miss scored first on Sunday on an RBI double down the right field line from Zack Cozart that scored Justin Henry from second and moved C.J. Ketchum to third. Henry singled up the middle and advanced to second when Ketchum drew a walk. A triple to the same spot from Presley a batter later scored both base runners and gave Ole Miss a 3-0 lead to open the game. A single to short from Mark Wright scored Presley and the Rebels extended the lead.

Georgia answered in the bottom half of the inning as a lead-off walk on four pitches came back to bite the Rebels. Josh Morris doubled to left to score Joey Side from second and get the Bulldogs on the board, cutting the Rebels lead to 4-1. Jason Jacobs walked in the next at bat to put runners at first and second with two outs, when Matt Robbins walked to load the bases for the Bulldogs. A third consecutive walk notched the Bulldogs a second run in the inning and kept the bases loaded with two outs. A fly out to center ended the inning as Georgia cut the lead to 4-2.

Evan Button added to the Rebels lead in the third with a single to center field scoring Presley from second and moving Hancock to third. Hancock and Presley both walked to reach base. Button advanced to second on the play as the Bulldogs threw to third in an attempt to get Hancock advancing. A sacrifice fly from Justin Brashear then scored Hancock and moved Button to third, giving the Rebels a 6-2 lead.

Ole Miss sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning, scoring three of the four runs with two outs on the board behind five hits to push the lead out to a 10-2 advantage in favor of the Rebels.

Logan Power, who entered the game defensively in the fifth, notched a sacrifice fly in the sixth to score Alex Presley and move the lead to 11-2. Presley reached on his second-straight walk to lead off the inning.

Joey Side notched a solo shot to right center in the seventh to break up a streak of five straight zeros on the board to give Georgia its third run of the game. Gordon Beckham doubled on the next at bat and Brett Bukvich came in to relieve Lynn. Josh Morris doubled to left field to score Beckham and cut the lead to 11-4, before Bukvich would strike out Jacobs to end the inning.

Ole Miss then held on in the eighth and ninth to claim the 11-4 win and the series sweep.

Ole Miss will return to action with a single-game against Southern Miss on Tuesday at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. The Rebels and Golden Eagles will take the field for a 7 p.m. start.

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