HOOVER, Ala. - Whether reaching the SEC tournament championship game would have secured a national seed for Ole Miss, the Rebels will never know.
They'll have to hope a three-win run to the semifinals did the trick.
No. 3 seed Texas A&M wiped out a three-run deficit with a five-run eighth inning - most of that against Ole Miss closer Wyatt Short -- and beat the No. 7 seed Rebels 12-8 Saturday at The Hoover Met.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco just hopes his team gets a fair national seed look and doesn't become a victim of the committee being careful in how many it awards the SEC.
"If you look on paper our resume is really good. If you didn't put a name on it or what league and just looked at the numbers, we may get five or six. Why is that so wrong? I don't understand that conversation," he said.
In what was a two-run game until the ninth two controversial calls did not go the Rebels' (43-17) way and led to a two-run swing for the Aggies (44-14).
The Rebels also watched catcher Henri Lartigue leave the game in the eighth with a concussion. He will enter concussion protocol and be evaluated before NCAA regionals.
The loss was the first blown save opportunity for Short since Game 1 at Tennessee on the opening weekend of SEC play. It was also the first loss for Ole Miss when leading after the sixth inning, ending a string of 38 such wins.
Short allowed an RBI hit in the ninth and gave up six runs - all earned - on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
In the fourth inning A&M's Austin Homan was called safe at first when replays appeared to show that Will Golsan's foot did not leave the bag until after he secured the ball. Homan came around to score.
In the sixth J.B. Woodman was called out at second on a stolen base attempt. He slid head first past the bag, but replays showed he held contact with his foot, as he'd argued.
Without a what would have been a swift runner in scoring position Lartigue singled to right field.
Four eighth-inning runs were charged to Short who made his third appearance of the tournament and seemed to struggle with location. He gave up three runs and lost the lead on Walker Pennington's pinch-hit home run.
The Rebels had 17 hits, but all were singles. Leadoff hitter Errol Robinson was 4-for-6, and the bottom three in the order, Ryan Olenek, Holt Perdzock and Kyle Watson were a combined 6-for-13.
Freshman Dallas Woolfolk held the Ole Miss lead with three scoreless innings. He gave up a one-out, ground rule double to A&M's leading hitter, Boomer White, and was replaced by Short, who gave up a walk and two hits before the home run.
"People notice Wyatt's struggle because of how good he is," Robinson said. "Wyatt's a guy that even after this we trust him. He's going to go out on Friday night when we're at home hosting a regional and get the job done for us."