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Ole Miss outslugs Tide; AU still winless in SEC

From Staff Reports

The series finale between No. 25 Alabama and No. 13 Ole Miss was the complete opposite of Saturday’s extra inning pitcher’s duel that saw both starters combine for more than 18 innings on the mound.

On Sunday, neither starter made it past the third inning as the Rebels took the series with a 15-9 win in what turned out to be a Southeastern Conference series finale slugfest.

Alabama’s starter, sophomore right-hander Casey Kebodeaux, allowed five first inning runs and was replaced by junior left-hander Will Stroup after allowing a lead-off single to Brett Basham in the second inning.

Ole Miss’ starter, sophomore left-hander Brett Bukvich, could not succeed with an eight-run lead as he allowed three runs in the third inning and left after he recorded only eight outs in the game.

The two teams combined for 24 runs and 36 hits in the series finale and scored at least one run in every inning except the fifth. Ole Miss went in order in the eighth for the only three-up, three-down inning of the game.

Junior shortstop Zack Cozart led Ole Miss (18-8, 3-3 SEC) by going 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs. In addition to Cozart, Logan Power had three hits and three RBIs for the Rebels, while Andrew Clark added three hits and one RBI.

Sophomore designated hitter Alex Avila paced the Crimson Tide (17-10, 3-3) by going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Sophomore left fielder Kent Matthes, junior first baseman Matt Bentley and junior right fielder Elvin Vargas added two hits each for Alabama.

“Two things about today’s game,” Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. “The guys fought back and played hard. We’ve done that all year. We have to find a Sunday starter on the mound that can get the job done. This has happened two weeks in a row.”

Florida 10, Auburn 3: Matt LaPorta went 4-for-4 and hit two home runs to lead Florida to a victory over Auburn on Sunday afternoon.

LaPorta had 4 RBIs and scored three runs as Florida (14-12, 4-2) jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead and cruised to an easy win.

David Hurst (1-0) surrendered just one hit in five innings in relief to get the win for the Gators.

Brian LeClerc and Clayton Pisani drove in two runs each for the Gators.

Starter Evan Crawford (3-2) was the losing pitcher for Auburn (18-9, 0-6), giving up 7 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 5 innings.

Joseph Sanders went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Tigers.

SEC baseball standings
Eastern Division
Team SEC Overall
Florida 4-2 14-13
Tennessee 4-2 17-9
South Carolina 4-2 21-4
Kentucky 3-2-1 23-2-1
Georgia 3-3 9-14
Vanderbilt 3-3 23-3
Western Division
Arkansas 4-2 19-7
Ole Miss 3-3 18-8
Alabama 3-3 17-10
Mississippi State 3-3 14-6
LSU 1-4-1 14-11-1
Auburn 0-6 18-9

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