TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Today is the final matchup of a three-game series between the No. 17 Ole Miss Rebels and Alabama Crimson Tide here at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Ole Miss won the first game of the series, 11-7, while Alabama responded Saturday with a dramatic 3-2 win over the Rebels. Saturday’s victory was the first in Southeastern Conference play for the Crimson Tide, who were swept by Arkansas the first weekend.
Former Oxford High standout Charley Sullivan, who started Friday night’s matchup for the Crimson Tide, said the come-from-behind win, captured by the power of Brett Booth’s two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, could 0nly help moving forward.
“We kept competing during the entire game and Brett Booth is one of the best competitors we have on this team. He busts his butt every day, every day at practice and it was fantastic to see him hit that ball out,” Sullivan said. “I think we really need to ride the momentum (Sunday). The season has been up and down. We’ll win one and then kind of play kind of sloppy and lose and then we’ll win one more. We can’t ever get that momentum. We win one but can’t carry it over to that next game. But I just heard one of the coaches say if you can’t get on a winning streak after something like that, there is something wrong with you.”
Ole Miss (16-7 overall, 2-3 in the SEC) will start right-hander Mike Mayers (2-2, 3.34 ERA) today on the mound. Alabama plans to counter with left-hander Jon Keller (0-0, 3.38), who has only started one game this year and only logged 16 innings of work in 10 appearences.
The Rebels’ batting order includes: Tanner Mathis (LF), Andrew Mistone (3B), Alex Yarbrough (2B), Matt Snyder (1B), Will Allen (C), Auston Bousfield (CF), Preston Overbey (RF), Zach Kirksey (DH) and Blake Newalu (SS).
Stay tuned for updates during the game and a final recap of this third and decisive game. (March 25, 2012)