Reversal Of Fortunes

The last couple of games before heading to Georgia, Ole Miss had led but had given up runs late to lose. Friday night in a 4-1 win against the Bulldogs, it was the Rebels who got runs late to win.

Homestanding Georgia had scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Bulldog starting pitcher Justin Grimm was cruising.

Then came the top of the seventh, and a Rebel run to tie it. The top of the eighth and a run to take the lead. And two more in the top of the ninth for insurance.

With a three-run UM lead before Georgia came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, the biggest question at that point was could Rebel starter Drew Pomeranz finish. After leadoff batter Zach Cone singled, Pomeranz was pulled. But the junior left-hander had been sensational, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and 15 strikeouts.

That's right, 15 Ks, as the Bulldogs had trouble getting anything going.

When Pomeranz exited, Brett Huber took the ball. The freshman redshirt right-hander made quick work of the Bulldogs. The first pitch he threw to Kyle Farmer, the Georgia batter who had tripled off Pomeranz in the fourth to drive in the home team's lone run, was a fly ball to Matt Smith in right.

But it turned into a double play as on his way back to first base, Cone failed to touch second base.

Huber and the Rebels were in great shape. Zach Taylor grounded out harmlessly to Miles Hamblin at first, who flipped to Huber to wrap things up in red and blue.

A three-game losing skid was over for Ole Miss as the Rebs moved to 22-9 overall and 6-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia fell to 10-20 and 2-8.

"I was coming off a week when I wasn't really happy with the way I located my fastball (against Tennessee in a 7-3 UM win)," Pomeranz said. "So I worked in the bullpen this week, and it helped me. I was able to locate my fastball in and out."

Grimm went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

"(Pomeranz) was tremendous and he usually is," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "I thought Grimm was tremendous as well. That was two big-leaguers throwing tonight. A treat for anyone who saw that game tonight. A tremendous job by both pitchers."

The Rebels' first run came in the seventh on a bases-loaded fly ball to left by Hamblin. That scored Smith who had reached on a single, moved to second on a Matt Snyder walk, and to third on a hit by pitch by Zach Miller. But Grimm beared down and allowed no other damage.

Kevin Mort's leadoff home run over the left field wall in the eighth gave Ole Miss the lead at 2-1. In the ninth, the Rebels scored their two runs on RBI singles by Alex Yarbrough and Mort.

"I knew they were going to try to come after us with fast balls, especially with me being in the nine hole," said Mort, 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. "They didn't want to get to the top of the lineup by throwing me junk and trying to walk me. So I was just somehow trying to get barrel on it. But I wasn't the only one that had success (at the plate) tonight."

Ole Miss outhit Georgia 7-4. Miller was the only other Rebel with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Ole Miss and Georgia play at 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday.


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