Baseball Drops Series to No. 17 Rebels Following 8-4 Loss on Sunday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Jon Keller had six strikeouts in 6.2 innings on Sunday. He did not factor in the decision.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
Jon Keller had six strikeouts in 6.2 innings on Sunday. He did not factor in the decision.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

March 25, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The final game of this weekend’s Southeastern Conference series went to No. 17 Mississippi, as the Rebels posted an 8-4 win over Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win, Mississippi earned a series win, taking two of the three games. With the loss, the Crimson Tide to 9-15overall and 1-5 in SEC play. The Rebels improve to 17-7 (3-3 SEC).

The Crimson Tide led for the majority of the game, before giving up the lead in the eighth inning, when Mississippi scored four runs to take a 6-4 advantage. Mississippi added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth on a two-run home run by Matt Snyder.

“I thought today we had another really good start from Jon Keller and he certainly put us in position to win the game,” said UA Head Coach Mitch Gaspard. “Ole Miss did a really good job late in the game and we just couldn’t hold it down in the bullpen today.”

UA starting pitcher Jon Keller posted a career high 6.2 innings in his second start of the season. Keller allowed two earned runs on nine hits, walking one and posting a career-high six strikeouts. The freshman left-hander posted four scoreless innings, before allowing two runs in the fifth. Freshman RHP Spencer Turnbull (0-2) took the loss for Alabama, after allowing four runs in the eight, while Dylan Chavez (3-0) got the win for Mississippi, after he recorded the final seven outs of the game for the Rebels.

Alabama shortstop Jared Reaves was 2-for-4 (5-for-13 for the series) with two RBI, and now has 14 RBI this season. Senior centerfielder Taylor Dugas was 1-for-4 (5-for 12 for the series) to extend his on-base streak to 36 games, including all 24 this season. Dugas also scored his 207th run in the fifth inning, passing Joe Caruso as fifth all-time at Alabama.

“Offensively, we certainly have to be better than we were today,” Gaspard said. “I thought when we had the few opportunities that we did, we got a couple of big hits and put ourselves in a good spot. Offensively, we’ve got to be able to pressure the defense, more than a couple of times throughout the ballgame.”
Alabama’s first hit of the game came from first baseman Austin Smith, when he doubled in the third inning. Smith came in to score the first run of the game when a throw to third by the Mississippi pitcher, on a sac bunt attempt by AJ Cole, ended up in left field. After a sac bunt by Hunter Gregory moved Cole to third, a groundout by Dugas gave the Tide a 2-0 lead when Cole crossed the plate.

Alabama’s lead held until the top of the fifth inning when Preston Overbey hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard, tying the game at 2-2. 

The Tide answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Dugas reached on a single to right field and was soon joined by Ben Moore, who doubled to move Dugas to third. Alabama regained their lead in the game when a single up the middle by Reaves drove in both Dugas and Moore, putting the Tide ahead, 4-2.

In the eighth inning the Rebels took the lead for the first time this game, scoring four runs to bring the score to 6-4.  Mississippi increased its lead to 8-4 after the Snyder homer.

The Crimson Tide will play UAB at Regions Park on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Pitchers have not been announced.
 
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Mississippi 8, Alabama 4 (Mar 25, 2012 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
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Mississippi......... 000 020 042  -  8 16  1      (17-7,  3-3 SEC)
Alabama............. 002 020 000  -  4  5  1      (9-15,  1-5 SEC)
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Pitchers: Mississippi - Mike Mayers; Dylan Chavez(7) and Austin Knight; Will Allen. Alabama -
Jon Keller; Spencer Turnbull(7); Taylor Guilbeau(8); Jay Shaw(8) and Ben Moore.
Win-Dylan Chavez(3-0)  Loss-Spencer Turnbull(0-2)  T-2:42  A-4089
HR OM - Matt Snyder (3); Preston Overbey (2).
Weather: 75, Sunny. Wind: 7 NNW