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Bullpen, timely hitting leads Ole Miss past Georgia

Mississippi players celebrate after defeating Georgia, 5-1, in the first round of the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Mississippi players celebrate after defeating Georgia, 5-1, in the first round of the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT AP

HOOVER, Ala. -- It took a little time, but once Ole Miss was able to grab hold of Holder things got a lot easier.

Then the Rebels were able to hand it to their bullpen.

Timely hitting and eight consecutive shutout innings helped No. 7 seed Ole Miss advance in the SEC tournament with a 5-1 win over No. 10 seed Georgia before 4.612 fans at Regions Park Tuesday afternoon.

The Rebels (41-16) advance to the double-elimination part of the tournament where they will take on No. 2 seed South Carolina in Wednesday's second game.

It was the fourth inning before the Rebels got to Georgia right-hander Heath Holder.

Holder handcuffed them at Georgia (27-30) and had allowed Ole Miss just four hits and one run in 11 innings -- until the fourth.

The Rebels sent 10 batters to plate with four runs on three hits, two for extra bases. J.B. Woodman had a two-run triple, and Colby Bortles had a two-run double.

Half of the Rebels' six hits went for extra bases. Woodman had an RBI double in the fifth.

"Sometimes it goes as scripted. Today it did," Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. "I learned a long time ago from my mentor Skip Bertman that the most important thing is dominant pitching. The second-most important thing in winning is the timely hit, and we certainly had both of those today."

Holder had held Ole Miss to one run on three hits in seven innings on May 8. Ole Miss lost the final game of that series 13-2.

The Rebels won the series opener, but it wasn't one of Bramlett's better starts.

This time the script called for him to go three or four innings and get the game under control. After a 25-pitch first inning that included a home run by Georgia center fielder Stephen Wrenn, Bramlett did just that. He went four innings with one run on three hits.

Bianco went to his bullpen in the fifth with Brady Feigl scattering three hits in three innings, and Will Stokes and Wyatt Short throwing an inning each.

Stokes allowed one hit, a shot from Daniel Nichols that glanced off the glove of third baseman Bortles moving to his left that gave Georgia a ninth-inning baserunner with no outs.

It was one of few plays not made by Bortles who showed a lot of range and mobility with three assists.

Short took the mound after the hit and in a non-save situation set down the Bulldogs in order.

Ole Miss is 36-0 this season when leading after the sixth inning, a fact not lost on Georgia coach Scott Stricklin, who says the Rebels' bullpen is as good as any in the SEC.

"They're aggressive. They command the breaking balls. I saw a couple of fastballs flash 95 from Stokes," he said. "They're young arms too. They're just really solid. There are four or five guys in that bullpen that they can trust."

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