Something to Talk About

Lance Lynn can be an intimidating presence. The right-hander has a vicious array of pitches that baffle opponents and a towering physique that looms while on the mound. But it was his motivational speaking ability that may have been just as important Friday versus Florida.

Lynn left after eight innings of work, and his teammates were struggling to string any type of solid contact together. Pitches were being popped up, and the opportunities had dwindled to a single inning. Enter Lynn with a team meeting of sorts.

"I was trying to get them going, I can't say much of what I said," the junior joked afterward about his pep talk that isn't suitable for print. "It wasn't a speech, but I am pretty good at improv. I got the core guys coming up and told them that ‘this is what you are here for.'"

The once-over worked as No. 8 Ole Miss (15-6, 3-1) strung together six straight quality at-bats to score three runs and defeat Florida 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth after trailing by two with three outs remaining. The Gators (15-4, 3-1) failed to get an out in the inning and slowly walked off Swayze Field as the Rebels formed a mob just to the right of home plate when Michael Guerrero slid in with the winning run.

The frame began with a double by Logan Power, who scored a batter later when Matt Smith singled. Guerrero followed with a double of his own to put the winning run on second and the tying man at third. Florida intentionally walked Zach Miller, bringing Tim Ferguson to the plate with the bases loaded.

The freshman punched a single into left to knot the game at four apiece, and Brett Basham stepping up. Basham rolled a groundball to the left side, where Florida third baseman Jon Townsend attempted to cut Guerrero off at the plate, but the ball ricocheted off Buddy Munroe's mitt and the 5,075 in attendance began a spontaneous celebration.

"Offense gets the crowd into the game, and we weren't able to do it until the final innings," Mike Bianco said. "All of a sudden, we seized all the momentum there. It was a big win on a special night. We stayed aggressive offensively."

Lynn didn't receive the win, but his outing was the performance of the night. After allowing four runs in the second inning (two earned), the All-SEC hurler settled in and put up zeros for the next six frames to keep the Rebels in it. Florida had two runners reach during that stretch. Lynn was sitting at 62 pitches after two innings before finishing his eight complete at 127.

"That is why we call him the big bear," Bianco said. "Nobody can get to him. I don't know if there is a pitcher in the country that can throw eight innings after 62 pitches through two. Lynn really started to deal gave us an opportunity."

Lynn struckout seven and allowed six hits, while walking two. Rory McKean (2-0) worked a perfect ninth to grab his second win of the season.

Florida starter Billy Bullock cruised through eight innings with only three hits given up but surrendered the first two Rebels hits in the ninth before being pulled. Clint Franklin suffered the loss with two hits and a run in 0.0 registered innings.

Smith was the lone Rebel with multiple hits, including an opposite field home run in the seventh to cut the Gator lead to two. Cody Overbeck notched a single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

"We had been hitting the ball all night, but it finally squared up for the guys," Lynn said.

Or maybe it was the attention-getting "chat" that sparked the rally.

"He was kind of mad but stuck with us," Power said. "Not all pitchers can do that, but Lance can.

"I'm not going to talk back to him,"

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