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Georgia evened the series, as Robert Tyler tossed his first career complete-game shutout in a 2-0 win. Ole Miss was shutout for just the second time this season and held to three hits, which tied a season low.

"He was just terrific," said head coach Mike Bianco of Tyler. "Going in, we knew that he had a big-time fast ball, and today he threw an outstanding change-up. When you have that kind of fast ball and you're able to mix your off-speed in, it makes it really difficult. They didn't give us any opportunities. We didn't have many base runners on. 

"On the opposite end, you have to your hat, too, because they got some clutch base hits, base hits with runners in scoring position that won them the game. It's a tough one. He was really good, and we weren't good enough today."

Ole Miss had a runner in scoring position with less than two outs just once, back in the first inning, when Braxton Lee led off the inning with a double to left. The next batter, Auston Bousfield, attempted to lay down a bunt to advance Lee, but Tyler threw Lee out at third.

"It's a signal given to him that we want him to move the runner up," said Bianco of the play. "He has the option to bunt. He's so good with the bat. He can do either, and he felt he could get it down. We could be really critical about that, but we're critical because it didn't work. We have bunted so many times this year and have had success. It's not about that. Sometime you steal, and you get thrown out. Sometimes you bunt, and they get the lead runner."

"I put the bunt down, and Braxton was thrown out," Bousfield said. "I was trying just move him over with a sac bunt. The pitcher made a good play and threw him out. Good play by him."

Offensively, Georgia scored its two runs on a pair of 2-out RBI, one in the eighth and one in the ninth. Before the first 2-out RBI, the Bulldogs had been 1-for-10 with runners on base and 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base.

Bousfield led off the ninth with a hit by pitch, just the second leadoff batter to reach base for the game, but Tyler retired the next three batters in order. He allowed just three with no walks, a hit by pitch and four strikeouts over nine innings.

"He has a great arm, 95-97 mph most of the game," said Bousfield, whose 21-game hit streak was snapped with a 0-for-3 game. "He was throwing a really change-up up there and flipping a curve ball in when he needed to. You have to tip your cap. That's a really good pitcher they threw out on the mound, and we really weren't able to do much with him."


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Indianapolis Colts Pick Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief in 3rd Round, writes Craig Kelley of Colts.com

Getting To Know Colts Draft Pick Donte Moncrief, writes Kevin Bowen of Colts.com

Colts Find More Help For Luck In NFL Draft, writes Michael Marot of The Associated Press

Colts' Draft Picks Bring Some Old-School Feel, writes Reggie Hayes of The News-Sentinel

Colts Draft: Big Body Up Front, Fleet Feet Outside, writes Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star

How Did The Colts Draft Grade Out With Jack Mewhort And Donte Moncrief, writes Kevin Bowen of Colts.com

Former Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 90th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the 14th wide receiver selected in the draft. Here's his NFL.com draft profile.

"I am so excited to see our rich tradition of NFL Rebels continue with Donte," head coach Hugh Freeze said. "With this hard work and dedication, I expect him to join fellow Ole Miss greats Mike Wallace and Dexter McCluster as successful receivers at the next level. I appreciate the commitment and leadership Donte provided our program in helping lead us to back-to-back bowl wins, and I can't wait to watch him excel for the Colts." 

Here's what ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay had to say after the pick was announced:

"Donte Moncrief has first-round ability, first-round talent," Kiper said. "He looks great physically. He didn't take over games. He didn't play to his measurables. He has the speed and explosiveness. He has to go out and maximize that ability. He has too much talent for a corner to neutralize him on ability. He had games where he flashed first-round ability. With those measurables, Donte Moncrief will go out and take over games on a regular basis."

"For all those guys who look at the analytics versus the tape, there's a place for both," McShay said. "The analytics are highly helpful when you're talking about overall ability. You can't take the number over what you see on the tape, but some people put more stock into Moncrief than others. This is about where he belongs. You look at his numbers. They're outrageous. Across the board, he was among the elite, if not the top performer, in everything he did at the combine. There's a lot of talent to work with."

Here's some reaction from Twitter after the pick was announced:

Ole Miss defeated Georgia by a score of 12-2 in Friday's series opener. All nine starters had at least one hit, as the Rebels pounded out 12 hits. It was their eighth game where they scored 10 or more runs this season. With the win, Ole Miss improves to 36-14 overall and 16-9 SEC play and extends his lead in the SEC Western Division standings to two games over Mississippi State (31-19, 14-11 SEC).

 
Chris Ellis improved to 8-0, as he allowed two runs -- both earned -- on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts. It was his sixth straight start where he allowed two or fewer earned runs.

Auston Bousfield extended his hit streak to 21 games with a 2-for-4 game. It is tied for the fifth-longest hit streak in Ole Miss history, and he is hitting at a .413 clip (38-for-92) over the hit streak.

John Reimer is the creator of Baseball Buddha, and he plans to attend Ole Miss-Georgia game on Saturday as part of his cross-country baseball road trip.

Baseball Buddha is a journey, a self-funded documentary of the spectator experience behind the love of baseball.  He travels by car and attends a different baseball game every day. The Ole Miss-Georgia game will be game 92 and day 100 on the road.

This journey, Reimer said, is his path to happiness, to enlightenment through baseball and the love of baseball, which started on February 14, the opening day for college baseball.

"I had become unhappy at my work, and my dad had triple bypass surgery last August," Reimer said. "I spent the first two or three nights with him, and the very first night, he was contemplating his life. We started talked about, 'What would you do if you could do anything?' I knew instantly what I would want to do. I wanted to ravel the country and see the country and go to a baseball game every day and then blog about the experience.

"I wanted to be happy. I wanted to start doing things that I wanted to do. I wanted to start living life with me dictating the terms. Everybody talks about doing things. There's a lot of talk, but then you have to act."

Through the use of social media, it is his goal to document the fan experience every day until the final pitch is thrown and the last out is played. It's not just the game itself, he said, but it's the fan experience with the game and searching and reporting the best stories of the common baseball fan. It's what certain parts of the country are like and finding out for himself.

 For Reimer, this is part of his second trip through the South, having visited Southern Miss and Alabama his first time through but he decided to come back through because of the fans and energy. That's what brings him to Ole Miss on Saturday. He will book end his visit to Swayze Field with a game at Mississippi State on Friday and the Memphis Redbirds on Sunday.

"I heard awesome things about and wanted to hit Mississippi State and Ole Miss," Reimer said. "When I was driving through Alabama on my first trip, I listened to an Ole Miss game because it was the only game on the radio and I could feel the energy from the broadcast. The fans are rabid down there. The energy is awesome."

For more information on John Reimer, his daily blog updates and ways to support him, visit www.baseballbuddha.com.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 5

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2009_SECChampions.jpgCounting down the top moments in coach Chadwick's career, we take a look at the 2009 Ole Miss tennis team's success along with a couple of individual milestones. 

Chadwick led the Rebels to their fifth overall Southeastern Conference Championship in 2009.  The Rebels won the title in convincing fashion, going undefeated in conference play for the second time in program history.  The Rebels dominated the nation's toughest conference in the regular season as well as the postseason.  Ole Miss finished the regular season 11-0, with wins over No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Florida, No. 13 Kentucky, and No. 16 South Carolina.  The Rebels continued the streak into the SEC Tournament by going undefeated and winning the SEC Tournament Championship for the second consecutive season, leading to Kalle Norberg earning SEC Tournament MVP honors.  Norberg went 3-0 in singles and doubles during the tournament and also went 9-0 in the SEC in the regular season.  

With five overall SEC Championships, Chadwick trails only legendary football coach John Vaught for most SEC titles won at Ole Miss in any sport (6).

The Rebels also advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the ninth time in program history.  The Rebels took down two host teams en route to the Elite Eight, including LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, respectively.  The Rebels would end the season losing to UCLA 4-3, finishing the season 27-3 and ranked No. 4 in the final polls.  This marked the seventh time in Ole Miss history for the Rebels to end the season ranked in the top five.

We will end this week with a moment that is arguably one of the greatest individual accomplishments in the history of Ole Miss sports.  Stay tuned to see who and what capped off one of the best seasons in men's tennis history.

Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.

Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Ole Miss moved into first place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a series win over Arkansas this past weekend. However, the Rebels dropped eight spot to No. 12 in this week's official RPI rankings.

Two Ole Miss opponents -- UCF and Mississippi State -- moved more solidly into the RPI top 50 to Nos. 39 and 40, respectively. Auburn, which Ole Miss swept earlier this season, dropped 20 spots to No. 67. The Rebels' next opponent, Georgia, moved up 17 spots to No. 45.

Three other Ole Miss opponents to watch in the RPI rankings are Alabama, Arkansas and Arkansas. The Crimson Tide, which swept the Rebels earlier this season, dropped five spots to No. 25, while Arkansas and Arkansas State each moved up five spots to Nos. 54 and 55, respectively.

Both Baseball America's Aaron Fitt and Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers had Ole Miss among their eight national seeds in last week's projections, and the Rebels remains in both the regional host and national seed discussion with two weekends left in the regular season.

Here are some Ole Miss-related questions and answers from Fitt's weekly chat on Monday:

Q: What are your thoughts on Ole Miss' and do you agree that if they win their last two series that they will be a national seed?

A: I think that's a very good, balanced club -- one of the most dangerous offensive teams out there, and solid enough on the mound to be quite dangerous. Yes, if they win their last two series, they'll be a national seed.

Q: Yet another week of interesting SEC developments. Vandy looks poised for the hosting bubble and about ready to get into serious national seed conversation. South Carolina appears to be headed in the other direction and perhaps LSU. Besides the obvious choice of Florida as a national seed, who from the SEC seems most likely to get a 2nd national seed. UM or Vandy? LSU, Bama, or USC-E still have a reasonable/possible path?

A: I still think a lot remains to be settled over these last three weeks, but I'm leaning toward Ole Miss as a second national seed from the SEC. Vandy, LSU and South Carolina are all still alive in that race, I think, but Alabama is falling back. It's still a pretty fluid picture; a lot can change depending on how these teams finish.

Here are some Ole Miss-related questions and answers from Rogers's weekly chat on Monday:

Q: Safe to say Ole Miss is a lock as a regional host?

A: The Rebels would have to do something pretty bad the rest of the way (last two weekends) to lose a host site. This is one of those years where I think Mike Bianco really needed to get a host, and he's going to get it barring a surprise.

Q: Will Ole Miss still be projected as a national seed after this weekend?

A: I would say so ... but let me look at everything tomorrow. But right now, I would say yes.

Q: If the season ended today, who are your 4 or 5 SEC hosts? And, any predictions on who hosts from the league when these last two weeks (plus SECT) play out? Do you think we'll see a traveling 1 seed from the SEC this year? Please not VU to Liberty. I'd hate that more than getting stuck with Louisville again.

A: I still like LSU as my fourth SEC host with Florida, South Carolina and Ole Miss as the others. I also think Vanderbilt and Alabama are heavily in the mix. Vandy still has South Carolina, and that could go a long way into determining who gets a host site in the league. That's still a wide open race outside of Ole Miss and Florida at this point, who both look to be in very good shape ... Don't see an SEC team traveling as a No. 1.

Q: If you had to pick a team from the SEC not named Florida to make it to Omaha, who would it be?

A: South Carolina. If the Gamecocks are healthy in the postseason, and that's still a big if, they'll be in Omaha, IMO. My other team after that is Ole Miss. Ole Miss is extremely balanced this year, and that offense has a chance to put up some big numbers in the NCAA postseason.

Here's a brief look at the NCAA Tournament resume and remaining schedule for Ole Miss, as well as the NCAA Tournament resumes for Alabama, Florida, LSU and South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Ole Miss Rebels

35-14 Overall | 15-9 SEC (2nd)

RPI: 12

Strength of Schedule (Warren Nolan): 22

Record against RPI top 25: 5-7

Record against RPI top 50: 10-9

Record against RPI top 100: 16-12

Road Record: 12-6

Alabama Crimson TIde

30-18 Overall | 13-11 SEC (t-6th)

RPI: 25

Strength of Schedule (Warren Nolan): 16

Record against RPI top 25: 7-8

Record against RPI top 50: 11-10

Record against RPI top 100: 18-16

Road Record: 9-9

Florida Gators

33-15 Overall | 18-6 SEC (1st)

RPI: 2

Strength of Schedule (Warren Nolan): 1

Record against RPI top 25: 13-5

Record against RPI top 50: 20-8

Record against RPI top 100: 26-12

Road Record: 10-7

LSU Tigers

33-11 Overall | 13-10-1 SEC (5th)

RPI: 17

Strength of Schedule (Warren Nolan): 44

Record against RPI top 25: 3-7

Record against RPI top 50: 11-10-1

Record against RPI top 100: 14-11-1

Road Record: 7-9

South Carolina Gamecocks

35-13 Overall | 13-11 SEC (t-6th)

RPI: 11

Strength of Schedule (Warren Nolan): 30

Record against RPI top 25: 6-6

Record against RPI top 50: 13-8

Record against RPI top 100: 18-11

Road Record: 6-8

Vanderbilt Commodores

36-12 Overall | 14-10 SEC (t-3rd)

RPI: 5

Strength of Schedule (Warren Nolan): 19

Record against RPI top 25: 5-2

Record against RPI top 50: 14-8

Record against RPI top 100: 18-12

Road Record: 11-6

Remaining Schedule For Ole Miss:

May 9-11 vs. Georgia (45)

May 13 at Arkansas State (55)

May 15-17 at Texas A&M (32)

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 6

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2008secchamps.jpgWe begin this week jumping a couple years into 2008 for moment No. 6.  The Rebels enjoyed a multitude of team and individual accomplishments during the 2008 season.  The Rebels began their postseason success by winning the program's second Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.  The Rebels defeated No. 12 Florida 4-1 to take home the nation's toughest conference title.  The win was highlighted by senior Erling Tveit's performance in which he took down the nation's No. 2 ranked player in straight sets to clinch it for the Rebs.  Jonas Berg was named tournament MVP after going 4-0 in singles and doubles.  

The Rebels continued their hot play, advancing to the Elite Eight for the eighth time in program history.  The Rebels took care of business in the ninth Oxford Regional, taking down Marist 4-0 and Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  There, the Rebels beat North Carolina 4-2 before falling to Georgia in the NCAA Quarterfinals.  The Rebels finished the season ranked No. 6 in the country.  This marked the 13th time in the past 15 years under head coach Billy Chadwick that the Rebel netters ended a season ranked in the top 10 nationally.

In addition to an outstanding team season overall, the Rebels would also have several individuals who saw great personal success.  The Rebels made up half of the semifinal field of the NCAA Doubles Championship.  Erling Tveit and Jonas Berg teamed together while Bram ten Berge and Matthias Wellermann formed another tandem.  Tveit and Berg finished as the runner-up while ten Berge and Wellermann fell in the semifinals.  All four players earned All-America honors which tied for most in the country by a single team.

On Wednesday, we will begin our top five with a bang.  Stay tuned and check out which Rebel achieved the greatest individual milestone one can reach in all of college tennis.

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Special assistance by Media Relations student, Wesley Boock.

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