Rebels advance at SEC tourney

HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss scored two runs in the top of the first inning, then let Lance Lynn and Scott Bittle do their thing. The eighth-seeded Rebels knocked off top-seeded Georgia 4-1 on the first day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Ole Miss, now 35-22 on the season, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first to give Lynn an opportunity to work. Jordan Henry led off with an infield single that bounced high to the third baseman who didn't attempt a throw. Fuller Smith then singled the first pitch between first and second. Logan Power sac butnted them to second and third. Cody Overbeck singled to left to score Henry and Smith. Michael Guerrero popped up to second, and Matt Smith struck out to end anything further as the Rebs led 2-0.

In the top of the fourth, the Rebels added another run on a controversial home run by Michael Guerrero. On a 1-1 count, Guerrero sent one over the left field foul pole called fair by the umpires and foul be everyone associated with Georgia. After Bulldog head coach David Perno protested and the umps huddled, the call stood and the Rebs led 3-0.

Georgia, which fell to 35-20-1, scored a run in the bottom of the sixth. The Bulldogs chased Lynn from the game in the bottom of the seventh with two outs but after a walk. Scott Bittle entered, walked Ryan Peisel, and got Matt Olson to fly out to left to end the frame.

Lynn's final line read 6.2 innings pitched, one earned run, four hits, a career-tying 12 strikeouts, and four walks. With the win the Rebel junior RHP moved to 7-3 on the campaign.

Ole Miss added a run in the top of the ninth on a Jordan Henry base hit which scored Tim Ferguson. The Rebel shortstop had reached on a single, moved to second on a sac bunt by Brett Basham, and stole third on the first pitch to Henry.

Bittle, earning his eighth save of the season, went 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Georgia starter Nick Montgomery (2-2), one of three pitchers in the game for the SEC regular season champions, got the loss.

Ole Miss outhit Georgia 12-6.

The Rebels now play the winner of the current Alabama-Kentucky game sometime after 8 p.m. Thursday. Tonight's game between the fourth-seeded Wildcats and the fifth-seeded Crimson Tide was supposed to begin at 8 p.m. and started at 10:45 p.m.

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said either Drew Pomeranz or Cody Satterwhite would start Thurdsay night's game on the mound.

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