GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Early Rebel miscues helped build an early deficit that the Rebels couldn’t overcome as the Gator offense got into full swing Saturday night, as Ole Miss (24-19, 9-11 SEC) fell to No. 4 Florida (33-10, 16-4 SEC) by a score of 8-1.
Miles Hamblin hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to get the Rebels on the board, but it was the only scoring of the night in the loss.
David Goforth (3-6) suffered the loss for Ole Miss as he allowed six runs, five of them earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Brian Johnson (7-1) picked up the win for the Gators as he held the Rebels scoreless through 6.2 innings with four hits, a walk and nine strikeouts.
“Brian Johnson was terrific for them tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We had opportunities early in the first and third inning and couldn’t come up with the big hit to get the run home. That was the difference tonight; they came up with the big hits to extend innings. They outplayed us in all phases. We’ve got to come back tomorrow and play hard for nine innings and compete.”
Florida got on the board first, pushing two runs home in the second inning before the Rebels were able to get out of the inning. Brian Johnson tripled before scoring on a groundout to first from Austin Maddox. Josh Adams then singled on a chopped grounder that rolled slowly down the third base line to put a second man on. Jeff Moyer then hit a chopper that died in front of the plate down the first base line, but a throwing error to first allowed Adams to score and put Moyer at third before Goforth got a strikeout to end the inning with Florida on top 2-0.
The Rebels threatened in the third, loading the bases with two outs. But a diving catch on a fly ball to left field ended the inning to keep Ole Miss off the board.
The Gators added two more runs in the fourth inning, again capitalizing on a throwing error around a string of hits to push the lead out to 4-0. A lead-off double from Mike Zunino put a man in scoring position before a fly out to right allowed him to move to third. A throwing error back into the infield provided an opening, however, and Zunino scored the first of two runs in the frame. A single and a groundout put Austin Maddox at second before a double from Josh Adams drove him home to give the home team the 4-0 lead after four.
Zunino then hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning and two more runs in the sixth inning to take the lead out to 8-0 on the Rebels.
Miles Hamblin got the Rebels on the board in the seventh inning, entering the game as a pinch hitter and hitting a solo shot to right field.
The Rebels could not push any more runs home as the Gators grabbed the series with the win on Saturday.
Ole Miss and Florida will play game three of the series at noon CT on Sunday at McKethan Stadium.
The student were off for the first week of winter break, but Observations from the Best Seat in the House press on, as the football teams moves closer to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the men's and women's basketball teams... read more
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more
In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more
Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more
Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more