The first seven innings... not going to lie, Georgia had Ole Miss beat.
The good news is a game of red blooded, American, division one college baseball lasts nine innings, and sometimes can go into extra innings like Friday night’s escapade of exhilarating comeback drama. Ole Miss capitalized in the eighth to overcome a 5-1 lead and ultimately won in the eleven frames to beat Georgia 8-5.
Ole Miss (38-16, 18-11 SEC) struggled to manage any offense against Bulldog freshman Liam Sullivan who went 5.1 innings pitched with one earned run and striking out six Rebel batters. Georgia built a seemingly insurmountable lead by the end of the seventh inning, but a three run dinger from Kevin Graham and a solo shot from cyborg Tim Elko tied things up in the top of the eighth.
Rebel reliever Brandon Johnson might be the player of the game, coming in and throwing absolute diesel, earning his first win in an Ole Miss uniform.
Before that, Kevin Graham hit an absolute tank to cut the lead to one.
Then, the captain grabbed the mic.
Just an absolute fucking nuke.
Then the freshmen wanted to have a say.
The Rebels tacked on three runs in the top of the eleventh with McCants and Gonzalez both posting RBI’s in crucial two out at-bats, paving the way for a quick final inning.
With an 8-5 lead, Ole Miss skipper Mike Bianco chose to once again bring in closer Taylor Broadway who posted his 12th save of the year, slamming the door shut in the bottom of the eleventh to inch the Rebels closer to a postseason regional bid.
Yes, Georgia has struggled at times this season, but a road SEC series win late in the season does nothing but bolster the Rebels’ already solid season.
Tomorrow, Ole Miss hits the field at 1 p.m. in Athens in its final regular season game. Georgia will undoubtedly be playing all out to try and improve its resume for the selection committee.