More To Come

If that was indeed the second largest crowd in Oxford-University Stadium history, that has to be, well, the second best, heck maybe the best, game ever played on the "new" Swayze Field.

Too dramatic? Well folks tend to get like that when something is fresh on their minds. But when you consider everything about Ole Miss' 10-8 win against Georgia Saturday evening (try doing that, why don't you?), then you better understand the picture.

Ole Miss did indeed beat Georgia by a couple of runs after falling behind 5-1 early. A day after losing to the nation's top-ranked team from Athens by a 6-3 score.

And when it was 5-1 Georgia after an inning and a half of game two of this three-game mega-series, the life was all but sucked out of the facility on re-dedication weekend. And with good reason. These Bulldogs are one tough out. They are loaded.

But this Ole Miss team, ranked 11th in the latest poll, is a pretty good outfit themselves. Don't believe it yet? You weren't paying much attention to this one then.

The pictures that stand out to me most in the postgame were Evan Button and Jake Morgan.

Button couldn't complete his postgame interview with us. His dad, Alan, of St. Louis, came out onto the field and broke it up momentarily.

"That's my boy right there," he said, sliding past a security guard briefly, good-naturedly by all concerned, I might add.

Evan acknowledged him and told those who didn't know exactly who he was.

"That's my dad," said a smiling Evan, whose bottom of the eighth RBI single tied the game 8-8. "He can't stop crying over there.

"I may start crying," Button said.

There may have been quite a few tears around the stadium. Certainly there were plenty of high-fives and hugs and another one of the vintage beverage showers in right field.

But Morgan, the closer who came in and got the last three outs (no surprise there given his season), was his usual calm, cool, collected self. Perfect for the closer role. Admittedly not usually too high or too low in life or in baseball.

"Felt great," he responded to a question about his health. The rumor had been he had some pain somewhere. In his lower back, Jake told us after the game.

"I just laid off of it a couple of days and rested up and stretched it out," he said, with the same demeanor and expression he might have had after a fall intrasquad, let alone one of the biggest games in years here.

Morgan admitted in moments like those, when he came in to save this one after Logan Power's drive to the wall scored two runs to give Ole Miss a 10-8 lead after eight, a little something extra takes over.

"That so-called adrenaline rush, you know," he said. "You don't feel anything."

Except complete euphoria, which is what the 9,478 in the stadium, save a few Georgians, felt when the last out was recorded.

"There had to be more people here than that," said Power, who has seen it all and more in his five years with the program. "This is an awesome feeling, and it was a big win for us against a really good team."

Game three between Ole Miss (31-12, 12-8) and Georgia (33-10, 14-6) is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday. If you haven't already, I'd suggest making plans to be here, especially if games one and two are any indication.


OM Spirit Top Stories