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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rebels avoid sweep, hit past Bulldogs

BLOG: Hello from Oxford-University Stadium where Ole Miss (19-13 overall, 4-7) is looking to avoid its first series sweep of the season and SEC sweep since dropping all three at home against Auburn (May 20-22) to conclude the 2010 regular season.

First pitch against Georgia (18-14, 8-3) is set for just after 1:30 p.m.Ole Miss will send junior transfer Austin Wright to the mound. Wright has had an up and down season for the Rebels.

Wright’s eight-inning scorelessgem at Tennessee is sandwiched between to starts in which he didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, surrendering five runs to Alabama in 3.2 innings and eight runs to LSU in 3.1.

Georgia sends Craig Gullickson to the mound. The left-hander is 3-1 on the year with a 4.38 ERA. In 24.2 innings, Gullickson has struck out 14 and walked nine. Opponents are hitting .307 off of him.

—STARTING LINEUPS—

GEORGIA (18-14 overall, 8-3 SEC)
2B Levi Hyams .336 BA
3B Curt Powell .269
SS Kyle Farmer .256
CF Zach Cone .313
DH Brett DeLoach .264
RF Kevin Ruiz .242
1B Jonathan Hester .277
C Brandon Stephens .291
LF Peter Verdin .221
LHP Craig Gullickson (3-1, 4.38)

OLE MISS (19-13, 4-7)
CF Tanner Mathis .352
SS Blake Newalu .311
2B Alex Yarbrough .322
1B Matt Smith .323
LF Matt Tracy .276
3B Preston Overbey .261
C Taylor Hightower .350
DH Matt Snyder .252
RF Jordan Poole.364
LHP Austin Wright (3-3, 3.96)

— SCORING SUMMARY —

Ole Miss 1, Georgia 0 (BOTTOM 2): Matt Smith appeared to be thrown out attempting to steal second base, but luckily for the Rebels a balk was called on Georgia pitcher Craig Gullickson because in the same at-bat Preston Overbey hit a ball through the right side of the infield, allowing Smith to score.

Ole Miss 3, Georgia 0 (BOTTOM 3): Georgia coach Dave Perno opted to intentionally walk Smith to load the bases with one out for left fielder Matt Tracy. The strategy didn’t work, however, as Tracy laced a single to center field, scoring Alex Yarbrough and Tanner Mathis. Overbey hit into the double play Perno was hoping for — just one at-bat too late — to end the frame.

Ole Miss 3, Georgia 2 (TOP 4): Georgia designated hitter Brett DeLoach broke the shutout with one swing of the bat, hitting a pitch from Wright over the left field wall for a two-run homer.

Ole Miss 10, Georgia 2 (BOTTOM 4): The big inning Ole Miss has looked for all weekend finally came in the form of a seven-run fourth to blow open the game. Georgia’s four pitchers in the frame surrendered the seven runs on seven singles and two walks.

Ole Miss 12, Georgia 2 (BOTTOM 5): The runs kept coming in the bottom of the fifth for Ole Miss as two poor plays in the field by Georgia allow two more runs for the Rebels to cross the plate. After stealing second base, Blake Newalu scored when Georgia shortstop Kyle Farmer tried to barehand a ball off the bat of Yarbrough but missed. After Smith flew out to center, Yarbrough scored from first — running on contact with two outs — when Georgia second baseman Levi Hyams got turned around trying to track down a ball in right field.

Ole Miss 12, Georgia 3 (TOP 6): Three consecutive singles to lead off the sixth plated Georgia’s third run of the game.

Ole Miss 12, Georgia 5 (TOP 7): Blair Wright struggled for Ole Miss in the seventh, surrendering a two-run homer to Farmer after falling behind in two at-bats.

Ole Miss 12, Georgia 7 (TOP 9): Ole Miss freshman Bobby Wahl served up a two-run homer in the ninth, but was able to settle down to get a ground out and two strikeouts looking on 95 mile-per-hour fastballs to preserve the win.

Austin Wright improved to 4-3 on the year, allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk in 6.0 innings of work. He also struck out nine in the process.

Gullickson was hit with the loss after giving up six runs in 3.0 innings.

Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Pearl to face Southern Miss. (April 10, 2011)

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