Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco watches as his team builds a 7-0 lead. Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi played a college baseball game at Trustmark Park in Pearl on Tuesday, April 20, 2018. Photo by Keith Warren
NASHVILLE — Ole Miss has gone from not having lost a series this entire season to dropping two in a row.
No. 16 Vanderbilt handed the fourth-ranked Rebels two crushing 8-7 losses in Nashville Sunday to sweep a doubleheader and win the three-game SEC series.
Both games were slated to be seven-inning affairs because Game 2 was pushed to Sunday after heavy thunderstorms in the Nashville area Saturday.
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Ole Miss (29-8, 8-7 SEC) was in prime position to win the early game.The Rebels and Commodores were tied, 2-2, in the sixth when Vanderbilt (22-14, 9-6) scored three runs to create some separation.
Ole Miss responded with four runs in the top of the seventh and grabbed a 6-5 lead when Ryan Olenek legged out a single, which brought in a run. Parker Caracci was one out away from sealing the win in the bottom of the inning but Austin Martin’s infield single sent the game to extras.
Will Golsan drove in Thomas Dillard, who led off the eighth with a double, to give Ole Miss another lead. But the bullpen faltered.
Dallas Woolfolk surrendered a home run to Ethan Paul, which tied the game. Vanderbilt then loaded the bases and won on a Greer Holston wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth.
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