Crimson Storm

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – It looked for hours like Ole Miss and Alabama wouldn't get game three in. For the Rebels' sake, it would have been better had it kept on storming.

Alabama, a 6-3 winner, for the second-straight day got a complete-game pitching performance as Nathan Kilcrease followed the lead of Saturday starter Jimmy Nelson and went nine.

Kilcrease, making only his second start of the season after being the Bama closer much of the campaign, was sensational in this one, limiting the Rebels to five hits in nine innings with three runs, two earned and had seven strikeouts and only two walks.

"Tough weekend," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "To not play better and to fall on the wrong end of the scoreboard twice, but again, we've got to do more to win the game."

Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead. Right after a Tim Ferguson single, Zach Miller's two-run homer to left in the top of the fourth put Ole Miss up 2-0.

But Bama answered with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Clay Jones doubled to score Ross Wilson after he had singled. Jones got to third on a Jake Smith ground out and home on a Jon Kelton fly ball to left.

It stayed 2-2 until Miller's RBI ground out to short got Ferguson home from third. The Rebel center fielder had gotten all the way to third on a single to center. But Bama's center fielder, Taylor Dugas, let the ball get past him for a two-base error.

The Rebels led 3-2 at stretch time, but the Crimson Tide scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh and kept the lead the rest of the way. After a run was in, starter David Goforth was pulled in favor of Eric Callender. Three more runs then came in.

After the Tide chased Callender, Trent Rothlin was called out of the bullpen and did a nice job the rest of the way, going the final 1.1 innings with no damage.

Kilcrease, the winner, is now 5-2. Goforth fell to 1-4 with the loss.

"I felt really good," said Goforth after his longest outing of the season. "Being able to throw some other pitches into the zone besides just the fast ball, I felt like almost everything I threw I could get it into the zone."

Alabama improved to 31-21 and 12-15. The game was delayed five minutes short of four hours.

Ole Miss (36-17) hosts Auburn (35-17) starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers are a game ahead of Ole Miss at 17-10 in the SEC West. Arkansas is also 16-11 along with the Rebs.


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