No. 9 Ole Miss Falls 3-1 At Alabama

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Sam Smith worked 6.2 innings in the start against Alabama Sunday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Sam Smith worked 6.2 innings in the start against Alabama Sunday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 30, 2014

Box Score

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sam Smith turned in his fifth quality start of the season, giving the Rebels a chance to win, but No. 9 Ole Miss (21-8, 4-5 SEC) couldn’t muster a rally in a 3-1 loss to Alabama (19-8, 6-3 SEC) on Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Smith (3-2) took the loss for the Rebels, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts through 6.2 innings of work.

Jon Keller (5-1) picked up the win for Alabama, working a complete game and allowing only the one run on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts for Alabama.

“It’s been a bad week where we’ve lost all kinds of ways,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We did not hit well today or gives ourselves a shot offensively. Sam (Smith) was terrific all day with the exception of the one inning, but then he buckled down and still gave us a shot to win. That’s what he does for us each Sunday.”

Ole Miss got on the board first, pushing a run home in the second inning. Colby Bortles opened the inning with a four-pitch walk before going first to third on a single to right from Sikes Orvis. Errol Robinson then hit a ground ball to short, resulting in a double play but bringing Bortles home for the run. Alabama then got a strikeout to get out of the inning, but the Rebels were on the board with a 1-0 lead.

The Crimson Tide tied things up in the fourth, getting a solo shot from Mikey White to open the inning.

Alabama then moved ahead as the hit parade continued, using a single, double and a single in order to push a second run home and take a 2-1 lead with no outs on the board. A third run came home on a fielder’s choice to short before Smith would get a pop out and a strikeout to end the inning, but the Tide were up by two runs with a 3-1 lead on the Rebels.

Smith settled in from there, keeping Alabama off the board before giving way to the bullpen in the seventh. Left-hander Jeremy Massie and right-hander Aaron Greenwood continued to hold the Crimson Tide down, but the Rebels’ offense couldn’t muster a rally as Alabama picked up the win behind the complete-game effort from Keller.

Ole Miss returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 11 a.m. in the program’s annual Kid’s Day Game at Swayze Field before hosting the Auburn Tigers in a weekend series as a part of the Regions Bank Grove Bowl Weekend.

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