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Rebels avoid elimination in extras against UGA

Thomas Dillard. Photo courtesy of Telesouth Communications Inc.

In an extra-inning contest with #8 UGA, #4 Ole Miss narrowly avoided elimination from the SEC Tournament with a 5-4 win, thanks to a walk-off hit from Tim Rowe in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The Rebels were in control of the game and held a 3-1 lead with their closer Parker Caracci on the mound in the 8th inning. Two Bulldogs were on base in the top of the inning with 2 outs, and a slow roller back to the Caracci was set to bring the inning to an end, but a huge mistake nearly costed the Rebels. Caracci decided to throw home instead of the getting the force out at first and threw the ball over the head of the catcher, and 2 runs scored to tie the game at 3-3.

Neither team would score in the 9th inning, and the Bulldogs would strike first in the top of the 10th after UGA’s Lj Talley drove in a run to give UGA a 4-3 lead. Caracci would get out of the inning without any more damage being done, and the Rebels came right back with a big inning of their own to stay alive in Hoover. Nick Fortes opened the frame with a base hit and scored on a Thomas Dillard double. Rowe then stepped into the batter’s box and squeezed a grounder past the second baseman for a walk-off base hit.

Rebel starter Brady Figel put the Rebels in position to win this one, but he didn’t pick up the win after the late error. Caracci got the win after the Rebels were able to exhale after Rowe’s hit. Feigl went 6.2 innings and Caracci went the rest of the way.

Against Auburn, the Rebels were only able to score runs on a couple of Tiger errors, so the 5-run performance is a good sign for the Rebels moving forward. They were able to get a boost right off the bat from Grae Kessinger who belted a lead-off home run in the first inning and they picked up 11 total hits.

Ole Miss will now face the loser of tonight’s matchup between Auburn and Texas A&M and will play at 3 p.m. CT on Friday.

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