True To Form

There may someday be a new storyline for Ole Miss baseball on Sundays, but not yet. The Rebels, who won Friday and Saturday at Georgia, fell to the Bulldogs 6-3 in the finale.

Ole Miss took care of business in games one and two of this series 4-1 Friday night and again Saturday by a 4-3 count, which took 13 innings.

The scores indicate pitching wasn't the problem in Athens. It was timely hitting and the lack of scoring. Four runs behind the starts of Drew Pomeranz and Aaron Barrett were enough, and not suprisingly so. But Sunday's performance by starter David Goforth was good enough that had he gotten more offensive help, the Rebs might have gotten their first sweep of the season.

But after taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Ole Miss struggled all day to put up any runs. Georgia finally got the lead late and moved on to salvage a win and halt a five-game Bulldog losing skid.

Goforth (1-2) suffered the loss as he allowed four runs - three earned - on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

Michael Palazzone (4-3) picked up the win for Georgia as he held the Rebels to two runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Cooper Moseley got his second save of the year as he held the Rebels off the scoreboard in the ninth.

"It will all be said about Sunday again, but our guys played really hard today," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "David gave us a shot to win, and that's really all you can ask."

With the game tied 1-1, the Bulldogs got the lead in the third inning when a triple by Zach Cone scored Jonathan Taylor and Levi Hyams. Taylor had singled to left to open the inning and advanced to second on a fielding error in the outfield. He then moved to third on a fly out to right before Hyams walked to put runners at the corners for the Cone hit. Cone scored a batter later on a single to right from Robert Shipman as Georgia, which outhit Ole Miss 13-10, moved out to a 4-1 lead.

David Phillips

Ole Miss (23-10 overall, 7-5 SEC) got a run back to cut the lead to 4-2 with a solo shot to left center from David Phillips in the seventh inning.

Georgia (11-21, 3-9) responded with a Colby May two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth off UM reliever Matt Tracy to push the lead back out to three runs at 6-3.

And that's the way things ended on this day, the sixth consecutive Sunday Ole Miss has lost.

"You've gotta swallow it, and it doesn't taste too good right now," said Zach Miller, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. "But we did win two games, and that's good. But it's a long bus ride home after a loss today."

It is, after all, Sunday.

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