Rebels fall to Georgia in baseball

By School reports

ATHENS, Ga. – Zach Miller went 2-for-3 and David Phillips came up with his fifth home run of the season, but the Rebels couldn’t hold off the Bulldogs on Sunday as No. 15 Ole Miss (23-10, 7-5 SEC) fell to Georgia (11-21, 3-9 SEC) by score of 6-3.

Ole Miss claimed the weekend series with a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday for the team’s second series win on the road this season. Ole Miss has won three of four SEC series played this year.

David Goforth (1-2) suffered the loss as he allowed four runs – three earned – on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

Michael Palazzone (4-3) picked up the win for Georgia as he held the Rebels to two runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Cooper Moseley picked up his second save of the year as he held the Rebels off the board in the ninth.

“We played hard, but we didn’t score enough runs at the end of the day,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “David Goforth pitched well, but it was more about what Georgia was able to do at the plate today, even in the third inning when he gave up the three runs.”

Ole Miss got on the board in the first inning, using three straight hits to push Kevin Mort across the plate. Mort singled with one out before advancing to third on a single to right field from Matt Smith. Mort then scored on a single to right from Zach Miller to put the Rebels up 1-0.

Georgia mounted a rally in the second, using a single and a passed ball to put Kyle Farmer at second with one out. Christian Glisson then singled through the right side to put runners at the corners before Colby May hit a sac fly to center to drive in Farmer and even the game at one.

The Bulldogs claimed the lead in the third inning when a triple to right center from Zach Cone scored Jonathan Taylor and Levi Hyams. Taylor singled to left top open the inning and advanced to second on a fielding error in the outfield. He then took third on a fly out to right before Hyams drew a walk to put runners at the corners for the Cone hit. Cone scored a batter later on a single to right from Robert Shipman as Georgia moved out to a 4-1 lead on the Rebels.

Ole Miss got a run back to cut the lead in half with a solo shot to left center from David Phillips in the seventh inning.

Georgia again responded when Colby May came up with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to push the lead back out to three at 6-3.

That three run margin would hold as the Bulldogs would keep the Rebels from making another rally in the ninth to avoid the sweep.

Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday when the Rebels face Memphis at AutoZone Park at 6:30 p.m.