By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Every starter hit safely at least once, and No. 11 Ole Miss opened its last SEC home series with a 12-2 win over Georgia before a crowd of 7,781 at Swayze Field Friday night.
Ole Miss (36-14, 16-9 SEC) remains in sole possession of first place in the SEC West and will go for its sixth SEC series win today at 4 p.m.
The Rebels had 14 hits, all but one of them singles. Austin Anderson’s sixth-inning double was the lone extra-base hit for Ole Miss.
Anderson, Errol Robinson and Auston Bousfield had two hits, and Bousfield scored three runs.
Georgia pitching gave up six walks, and the Bulldogs committed three errors.
Bousfield said the Rebels aren’t thinking a lot about the standings but also aren’t shutting things like regional host and national seed opportunities out of their minds.
“It’s definitely in the back of our minds, knowing we have the ability to obtain those goals we set early in the year,” he said. “I think it’s good to think about it, recognize it and play for something.”
Coming off an 11-1 loss against Arkansas on Sunday, the Rebels had been held to one run over 14 innings before a three-run third against Georgia left-hander Ryan Lawlor.
They didn’t stop there, posting multiple runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings too.
After the Bulldogs (24-24-1, 9-15-1 SEC) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Ole Miss scored eight straight runs.
Ole Miss right-hander Chris Ellis put runners on base but pitched out of trouble. Georgia entered the game hitting a collective .231 but hit .356 against Ellis, who allowed 10 hits and two walks. He gave up two runs, both earned.
The Bulldogs scored their second run in the top of the sixth to make it 8-2. Ole Miss answered with three in the bottom of the inning.
Georgia offensive struggles were not evident in the top of the first when Conor Welton sent a fly ball into the right-center gap. J.B. Woodman couldn’t catch up to it, and Welton had a one-out double. He later scored on a ground ball. Ellis gave up two hits and a walk in the inning.
Ellis settled down to post four straight scoreless innings. The Rebels turned double plays behind him in the second and fifth.
“The first inning was a little rough, but we kept them to one run, and we have one of the best offenses in the nation,” Ellis said. “I knew we were going to score a couple of runs.”