Highlights from the opening game of Georgia baseball's series with Ole Miss.
May 9, 2014
OXFORD, MISS.----The 11th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels posted a 12-2 win over Georgia Friday in the opening game of an SEC series at Swayze Field.
Georgia (23-24-1, 9-15-1 SEC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, loading the bases with one out on a double by Conor Welton, a single by Nelson Ward and a walk to Daniel Nichols. Designated hitter Sean McLaughlin registered an RBI on a fielder's choice, and that was all Rebel right-hander Chris Ellis surrendered. The junior ace for Ole Miss improved to 8-0, scattering 10 hits and just two runs in 6.2 innings. McLaughlin singled and scored in the sixth on an RBI-single by freshman Skyler Weber.
The Rebels (36-14, 16-9 SEC) responded with a three-run outburst in the third to take the lead, collecting four hits including RBI-singles by Austin Bousfield and Will Allen. They were aided by a wild pitch and a passed ball in the frame. Ole Miss added a pair of runs on in the fourth and three more in the fifth to extend its lead to 8-1. Every Rebel in the lineup at that point had one hit and seven had at least one RBI.
Sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor was lifted in the fourth in favor of senior Patrick Boling. Lawlor dropped to 4-5 and wound up allowing eight runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts. The Rebels added three runs off Boling and one off freshman Drew Moody for the final.
"Ole Miss is a really good hitting team, and there were very well-prepared," said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. "Ryan (Lawlor) didn't have his best stuff and lost his command when he gave up three in the third inning. Ole Miss found a way to get their guys in from third just about every time tonight. They played really well and we didn't. We're going to have to be ready to go on Saturday and look to get back on track."
Junior third baseman Hunter Cole, Georgia's leading hitter who had started all 48 games this season before tonight, missed the game with a rib irritation. He is listed as day-to-day.
The series continues Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT.