ATHENS, Ga. - A pair of five-run innings by Georgia doomed No. 7 Ole Miss in a 13-2 series finale setback Sunday at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (23-25, 8-16 SEC) hit three homers and recorded seven RBI with the bases loaded to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Rebels (36-13, 14-10).
Errol Robinson was one-of-seven Rebels with a base knock, increasing his hitting streak to 14 games. Kyle Watson belted his first career home run in pinch-hit fashion, while Henri Lartigue doubled and scored the Rebels' other run. Ole Miss pinch hitters went 3-for-4 at the dish.
Making his 10th start, James McArthur (5-1) suffered the first loss of his Ole Miss career. Andrew Lowe finished the game on the mound for the Rebels, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.
Michael Curry, Skyler Weber and Nick King all hit homers for Georgia. King hit a grand slam, and Curry knocked in four runs as well. Starting pitcher Heath Holder (3-3) allowed one run on three hits in 7.0 innings to earn the victory.
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The first three innings were a pitcher's duel with both teams failing to score. Holder kept Ole Miss hitless, while McArthur tallied five strikeouts through the three frames. In the bottom of the fourth, Georgia broke open the floodgates with a five-spot. After three hits led to a pair of runs, Adam Sasser's 3-RBI double cleared the bases and forced McArthur out of the game. With the help of back-to-back fine defensive plays by Ryan Olenek and Tate Blackman, Andy Pagnozzi got the Rebels out of the inning. However, the damage was done as the Bulldogs found themselves ahead 5-0 after four complete.
Georgia doubled its lead with another five-run inning thanks to back-to-back homers. In the bottom of the sixth, King's grand slam and Weber's solo shot brought the Bulldogs their first runs against the Rebel bullpen and made it 10-0.
Ole Miss plated a run in the seventh. Lartigue doubled to center field and Will Golsan followed with a base hit to left, putting runners on the corners with one out. Designated hitter Holt Perdzock brought Lartigue home on a sacrifice fly to center, marking a run on the scoreboard for the Rebels. UGA added a three-run homer in the bottom half of the inning to build its lead.
Despite the deficit, the Rebels continued to fight until the end. Three straight pinch hitters recorded hits for Ole Miss. Watson led off the inning with a solo homer to left-center field before Nick Fortes and Michael Fitzsimmons added back-to-back singles. However, it wasn't enough as Georgia claimed the victory.