The Rebels are done. They haven’t won more than one game in the SEC tournament since 2010.
Alabama RHP Geoffrey Bramblett threw a complete game and struck out a career-high 10. He’s not overwhelming, but he locates. Kids, throw strikes.
Colby Bortles and Sikes Orvis were particularly baffled by Bramblett. They were a combined 0-for-8 with five strikeouts, four by Orvis.
And here’s the online gamer:
was Scott Weathersby who finally blinked.
Ole Miss and Alabama each went with pitchers who had seen success against the other team. Geoffrey Bramblett lasted longer, and as a result, so will the Crimson Tide.
Alabama scored first with some basepath creativity in the fifth and went on to eliminate Ole Miss 6-1 Thursday morning at the Hoover Met.
There’s baseball ahead for Ole Miss which had won six of its last seven before Hoover. The NCAA tournament selection show is Monday.
Bramblett, a starting pitcher all season who has thrown 80-plus innings, went seven innings with three runs allowed when Alabama beat Ole Miss 13-4 in Oxford in April.
He was better in the rematch, commanding the strike zone in a complete game. Bramblett was strong late getting Sikes Orvis and Austin Knight with swinging strikeouts – He had a career-high 10 on the day — and stranding runners at second and third in the eighth.
Weathersby, in contrast, is new to the starting rotation. He threw 1 2-3 hitless, scoreless innings against the Tide in a 4-0 Ole Miss win.
Rested after Game 3 of the Texas A&M series was canceled, Weathersby went six innings with seven hits and three runs allowed. It was his fourth start of the year.
Alabama (31-26) broke on top in a scoreless game in the fifth, doing all its damage with two outs. That’s when the top of the order began its third time through against Weathersby.
Chandler Avant and Georgie Salem poked singles up middle, Avant taking third on Salem’s hit.
He scored when Salem headed to second on a stolen base attempt but pulled up. Knight, the Rebels’ catcher, threw to second, and there was no play at the plate.
Alabama put up two more hits in the inning, the second from Casey Hughston driving in another run.
Ole Miss (30-26) scored with an RBI hit from Errol Robinson in the fifth but could never string together hits against Bramblett.
Three different Ole Miss pitchers saw action as the Tide broke open the game in the seventh.
It started with a leadoff single allowed by Weathersby. That runner came around to score on one of three hits allowed in two-thirds of an inning by Jacob Waguespack.
Wyatt Short finally closed the seventh but not before giving up a hit and hitting a batter.
Alabama scored four runs on five hits in the inning and had another hard-hit ball on error by second baseman Will Golsan.