Diamond Rebels Advance after Defeating Georgia in SEC Tourney

Thomas Dillard. Photo by Steven Gagliano

The No. 4 Ole Miss diamond Rebels bounced back from yesterday’s loss to Auburn to defeat Georgia in a barn burner, 5-4.

Ole Miss (43-15) won the game with a rally by outfielders Thomas Dillard and Tim Rowe to secure the win.

The Rebels jumped on the scoreboard early in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run off the bat of sophomore Grae Kessinger.

“(Kessinger) was really big for us today,” Ole Miss Assistant Coach Mike Clement said. “Everybody in our dugout just took a deep breath after that.”

The Rebels’ starter Brady Feigl dominated on the mound keeping the Bulldogs at bay through the first six innings. Feigl gave up a run on three hits, retired three batters to strikeouts and allowed one walk in 6.2 innings.

Ole Miss added a run in the fourth as Will Golsan came in to score on a single off the bat of Chase Cockrell.

Georgia scratched its first run across in this year’s tournament in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Adam Sasser, scoring Keegan McGovern.

Coach Bianco brought Rebel Parker Caracci out of the bullpen to pitch after the rain delay.

Kessinger doubled in the seventh and scored to push the Rebels lead 3-1.

The Bulldogs tied the game 3-3 on an error by Caracci that allowed two runs to come home.

Georgia took a 4-3 lead in the tenth inning on a solo home run by TJ Talley.

Outfielders Rowe and Dillard pulled off the rally in the tenth inning to secure a win over Georgia. Dillard drove in Nick Fortes to tie the game up at four runs a piece. With two outs, Rowe got a base hit to bring home Dillard.

Ole Miss advances to Friday’s game and play the loser of the Texas A&M and LSU matchup. First pitch will be at 3 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.


Adam Brown is the sports editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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