Oxford, MS –-Florida faced the eighteenth ranked Ole Miss Rebels over the weekend, being swept in the three game set.
After jumping out to an early two run lead, the Gators allowed a pair of homeruns in the bottom half of the inning. From then on, it was an offensive explosion for the Rebels, who went on to win game one, 12-4.
Brady McConnell hit his, team high, sixth homerun of the season in the fifth inning. McConnell was responsible for three of Florida’s four run total. Brady Smith’s solo shot capped of the scoring for the Gators.
Tommy Mace fell to 5-3 on the season in the series opening loss.
Tyler Dyson lasted just 3.2 innings on the front end of a Saturday doubleheader. Dyson allowed five earned runs through limited time on the mound.
It didn’t matter who Coach Kevin O’Sullivan called from the bullpen, as Ole Miss rumbled through the bases. The Rebels scored sixteen runs on twenty hits. Meanwhile, despite recording fourteen hits of their own, the Gators managed just one run through the first seven innings.
In the end, it was the Rebels who came out on top, winning game two by a score of 16-4.
Game three started strong for the Gators, as they raced to an 8-0 lead. Yet, despite a strong offensive showing from guys like Kendrick Calilao and Austin Langworthy, the Rebels rallied.
Ole Miss used an eight run fifth inning to take a 10-8 lead.
Florida tied the game at ten a piece in the top of the sixth, but Ole Miss scored the go ahead run in the bottom half of the inning. The Rebels added one final run in the seventh, securing the series sweep and winning, 12-10.
Kevin O’Sullivan had this to say about the series, “It was a little bit of everything, to be honest with you. We didn’t pitch very well all weekend, particularly to the middle of the order. We fell behind an awful lot and they were in a lot of hitter’s counts. We gave ourselves a chance in the second game today, had an eight run lead, but obviously weren’t able to hold on to it. Made a couple errors, balked three times in that game. It’s just one of those games, if we do a couple more things and shut it down in the middle innings there.”
Up next for the Gators, a single game stand against Florida State on Tuesday, in Tallahassee.