April 10, 2011
OXFORD, MISS.----Ole Miss salvaged the final game of an SEC series with No. 30 Georgia Sunday, snapping the Bulldogs seven-game winning streak with a 12-7 decision.
Ole Miss (20-13, 5-7 SEC) went on top 1-0 in the second. First baseman Matt Smith led off with a single, took second on a balk and scored on a one-out base hit by third baseman Preston Overbey. The Rebels looked for more with two on and one out but Bulldog left-hander Craig Gullickson battled back to strikeout Matt Snyder and Jordan Poole. The Rebels went right back to work in the third, loading the bases with one out on a single by Tanner Mathis, a double by Alex Yarbrough and an intentional walk to Smith. Left fielder Matt Tracy made it 3-0 with a two-run single. However, that would cap the outburst as Gullickson got Overbey to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
Georgia (18-15, 8-4 SEC), which had won seven straight SEC games, responded in the top of the fourth. Sophomore shortstop Kyle Farmer (3-for-4, 2 RBI) reached with a leadoff walk. After retiring Zach Cone, Rebel left-hander Austin Wright was tagged for a two-run blast by designated hitter Brett DeLoach. It was his third home run of the year, all coming in SEC action, and it trimmed the deficit to 3-2. The Rebels answered with a seven-run outburst, chasing Gullickson (3-2) who got the loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits in three innings. Senior John Herman was next and he failed to retire the two batters he faced before Georgia looked to sophomore Patrick Boling. Overall, the first seven Rebel hitters reached in that inning on five singles and two walks before Tracy struck out but five runs were already in at that point. Taylor Hightower’s two-run single capped the scoring to give the Rebels a 10-2 advantage. After Hightower stole second base, Georgia lifted Boling in favor of Bryan Benzor who got the final out in the bottom of the fourth that lasted 38 minutes.
“I did a poor job managing that fourth inning, we could’ve gone in a couple directions, and we went in the wrong direction,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Bryan (Benzor) and Earl (Daniels) did a good job out of the bullpen but it didn’t work out with the first two we brought in after Craig (Gullickson). That inning got away from us, but we still managed to scratch for some runs the rest of the way. I thought Ole Miss had a good approach against Craig, they hit good pitches. I was pleased with how we hit the ball this weekend. Ole Miss made the plays today. Overall, we had a good week and won another SEC series and that’s important.”
Georgia pushed across its third run in the sixth as DeLoach singled and scored on a base hit by Jonathan Hester. The Bulldogs had runners at the corners with nobody out in the frame and Wright struck three consecutive hitters to keep it 12-3. It would be his final inning of work as he provided six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with one walk and nine strikeouts for his fourth win of the year.
Farmer had the first of two doubles Sunday in his first at bat to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games. In the seventh, he smashed his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to make it 12-5. Georgia did get two scoreless innings of relief from sophomore Earl Daniels who struck out three. In the ninth, Hyams led off with a base hit and then Curt Powell connected for a two-run home run to bring the Bulldogs to within five at 12-7. It was the first career home run for Powell.
The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday in Atlanta when they face eighth-ranked Georgia Tech (24-9). The Yellow Jackets lost an ACC series 2-1 to top-ranked Virginia in Atlanta this past weekend. Tuesday’s first pitch is slated for 7:06 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS.