Sunday, April 08, 2007

Rebs Win Series

It was a long weekend in Oxford for the Rebel baseball team. It had it's ups and downs to say the least. Friday night the Rebels pulled out a win, that they tried to give away. After being up 6-0, it took the Rebels 13 innings to beat Georgia 9-8. I will probably never witness another game like that in the rest of my life, where the opposing team drops two pop flies to keep the home team alive to eventually win the game.

Saturday did not turn out well for the Rebels as the Bulldogs held on to win 4-3. The Rebels uncharacteristically made 3 turnovers on the day. They got down early and were never able to come back. A late inning small ball rally fell short as Jo Jo Tann popped up a bunt to get a critical out in the bottom of the ninth.

Sunday saw the Rebel bats come alive as they defeated the Dogs 9-0 to win the series. The Bulldogs never really threatened in the game. A more detailed SID report is below.

All in all a series win is good. I was really hoping for a sweep as were most people that are fans of the program, probably including the head coach. I had this one circled as a sweep for quite some time. The Rebs will now have to pick up a win on the road they had not counted on early in the year. Southern Miss and LSU are on tap this week for the Rebs. Should be a tough week.

OXFORD, Miss. – Pitching was the name of the day for the Rebels as freshman Nathan Baker led a trio of young arms on Sunday as No. 10 Ole Miss (24-10, 7-5 SEC) shut out Georgia (11-21, 4-8 SEC) by a score of 9-0.

The win gave the Rebels the series win over the Bulldogs and marked the first time Georgia had been shut out in conference play since the 2005 season. Ole Miss’ last shutout win in conference play also came in the 2005 season.

It is the third combined shutout of the year for the Rebels. Ole Miss out hit the Bulldogs 12 to 4 on the afternoon.

Baker (4-1) picked up the win in his first weekend start as he allowed only three hits, one walk and struck out four batters in his 6.0 innings on the mound. Justin Cryer walked two and struck out one in 2.0 innings of work, while Cody Satterwhite allowed only one hit in the ninth.

Justin Earls (2-2) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs as he gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits with four walks and a strikeout. The Bulldogs used three other pitchers on the afternoon who gave up five more runs on seven hits and three strikeouts.

Cody Overbeck led the Rebels at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI and two runs scored. Zack Cozart also went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Zach Miller was 2-for-3 with an RBI. (SID)