Co-champ Ole Miss is
first casualty in
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
HOOVER, Ala. - Who would have thought it? The Ole
Miss Rebels, co-winners of the SEC regular-season championship
and loaded with three All-Conference players, became the first
team eliminated on Thursday as they came up on the short end of
a 12-2 pounding by Florida in a game ended by the mercy rule
after eight innings.
It was only the Gators’ fourth win in 10 attempts against the
Rebels in the SEC Tournament and gave Florida coach Kevin
O'Sullivan the first postseason win in his career.
teams scored in their first at-bats. The Gators (36-20) took a
brief 1-0 lead on a home run by Jonathan Pigott on the first
pitch he saw from Rebel starter Brett Bukvich (right) with one
Mississippi's Jordan Henry led off with a single and promptly
stole second. A Logan Power grounder moved him over and he
scored on another productive out when Kyle Henson grounded out
to third baseman Brandon McArthur.
The Rebels (40-16) took their only lead in the game in the
second on an RBI base hit by David Phillips to make the score
It was all Florida from that point on as the combination
of freshman starter Anthony DeSclanfani and reliever Patrick
Keating held the Rebels to just three hits the rest of the way.
After a solo homer by SEC Co-Freshman of the Year Preston
Tucker, Florida posted three runs in the fifth aided by an Ole
Miss error on a failed pick-off attempt.
The Gators continued to pound Rebel pitching with three more in
the sixth with a Pigott three-run home run as the impetuous
after he got the benefit of a close call on a pitch with two
Tucker recorded his 21st multi-hit game of the season with a
three hit, three RBI performance to lead the Gators. Pigott
(left) had two hits and four RBI to add to the cause.
Florida tacked on two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to
close the game out and advance to play the loser of the Arkansas
vs. Georgia game on Friday at 3 p.m.
(photos by Jimmy Jones)