Ole Miss falls again to Kentucky

The Rebel bats struggled again Sunday as UK continues to roll as one of the country's hottest teams.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Rebels struggled at the plate on Sunday, managing six hits on the afternoon, as 11th-ranked Kentucky (37-11, 16-8 SEC) posted a 6-1 win over No, 17 Ole Miss (31-18, 13-11 SEC) to claim a series sweep.

Lance Lynn (4-3) suffered the loss for the Rebels as he allowed two runs on three hits in 4.1 innings of work. Lynn walked two and struck out one on the weekend. Will Kline closed out the game for the Rebels, working 3.2 innings. Kline gave up four runs on five hits as he walked one and struck out seven batters.

Greg Dombrowski (9-1) picked up the win for the Wildcats as he worked a complete game, holding the Rebels to one run on six hits. Dombrowski struck out six and walked none on the afternoon.

Zack Cozart led the Rebels on the afternoon as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Cozart scored on a chopper down the third base line that resulted in a fielding error when Wildcat third baseman Michael Bertrand missed the ball at third, allowing Cozart to score from second.

Kentucky struck first on Sunday, scoring in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly to center from Antone DeJesus to score Ryan Wilkes from third. Wilkes reached on a walk and then moved to third on a double to right field from Sean Lehmann. Lehmann moved to third on the fly out from DeJesus and scored a batter later when Collin Cowgill singled through the left side, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Wildcats.

The fifth inning saw the Wildcats threaten as Billy Grace drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Grace then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Wilkes. Ole Miss then called in Kline from the bullpen to relieve Lynn. Kline got the next two batters to strike out and fly out to end the inning, holding the Wildcats scoreless.

Ole Miss loaded the bases with one out on the board in the sixth inning, but the Wildcat defense came up and made the stop as Zack Cozart lined out to third and Kentucky threw to second, turning the double play to get Justin Henry out on the play as he couldn't get back to the bag in time.

Kentucky extended the lead to four runs as Michael Bertram hit a two-run home run to straight away center field to score Sean Coughlin. Coughlin reached on a single to left a batter earlier.

A two-run home run from Coughlin in the eighth pushed the Kentucky lead out to six. The shot scored Cowgill who had doubled a batter earlier.

The Rebels attempted a rally in the ninth, but it was cut short after one run crossed the plate when Kentucky closed out the game with a double play on a grounder to second and runners at the corners.

Ole Miss returns to action next Friday, hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks in a three-game series. Friday's game is set for a 6:30 p.m. start at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

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