Ole Miss fell behind Georgia 5-1 after two and a half innings and it looked like the powerful, top-ranked Bulldogs were headed for another win. But this one was far from over, and the 10-8 final in favor of the Rebels wouldn't be a certainty until the final out was in the books.

"Another great college baseball game and a lot of heroes today," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after his team improved to 31-12 overall and 12-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Make a list. Phillip Irwin, the starter, along with relievers Rory McKean and Brett Bukvich, and super closer Jake Morgan.

Tim Ferguson, whose third-inning solo homer gave the Rebels life to make it 5-2.

That same inning as Zach Miller doubled, after Jordan Henry walked, to make it 5-3.

Jeremy Travis, whose leadoff double got the Rebs started in a three-run fourth to give Ole Miss a 6-5 lead.

Kevin Mort's base hit to lead off the eighth with the home team trailing 8-7.

Evan Button's single up the middle in the eighth after Mort moved to second on a wild pitch, getting the Rebel shortstop home and tying things up at 8-8.

Logan Power's eighth-inning double to the wall that scored Miller, who had walked, and Button, to put Ole Miss up 10-8.

Back to the pitchers. Bianco said Irwin didn't have his best stuff on this day, "but he gutted it out and gave us a lot of innings."

Irwin went 5.1, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

After that, enter McKean, who came in after a one-out double by Levi Hyams in the top of the sixth and got two important outs.

And then in the top of the seventh things got a little shaky – a single, a two-run homer, a double, a HBP, and a single (for two runs). But McKean got the next two batters to fly out to end a major Georgia threat and keep the Rebels within striking distance, down 8-6.

McKean went 2.1, allowing two runs on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Then came Brett Bukvich, the left-hander entering in the top of the eighth as Bryce Massanari came up to bat with a man on and two outs. It was an important at-bat to say the least. The Georgia slugger, one of several on the team, had three home runs already – on the day.

Massanari actually reached, but on a Rebel error. Then Bukvich got Joey Lewis, the Bulldog hero from the night before via grand slam, to strike out looking to end the eighth inning.

Bukvich started the ninth, got behind 2-0 to Johnathan Taylor, and gave way to Morgan. The Rebels had taken a 10-8 lead into the ninth and Morgan came in to preserve it. Strike out, ground out, and a fly ball to Power in right field, and this one was in the books. Finally.

"Offensively we were able to get some big hits with runners in scoring position and get the crowd into it, which we weren't able to do last night," Bianco said. "It was very loud on the field and very neat to get them into the game."

Georgia, falling to 33-10 overall and 14-6 in SEC play, outhit the Rebels 12-10.

As short as his time on the mound was, Bukvich (6-1) still got the win. The last of four Georgia pitchers, Justin Earls (0-1) got the loss.

Morgan got his sixth save of the season.

The two teams meet again Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with senior right-hander Scott Bittle (2.33, 4-2) on the mound for the Rebels, and sophomore right-hander Justin Grimm (4.12, 2-2) going for the Bulldogs.

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