An interesting finish for the Rebels, not successful but interesting and it brings to mind the competition question the players were addressing earlier in the week.
Ole Miss had six runs and nine hits, not what you’d call a great offensive day. The first three runs came in the first two innings and were the result of a timely double by Will Allen and three successful bunts. A lot of effort there.
After that the Rebels got an RBI hit from Stuart Turner in the fifth — He was 4-for-5 on the day after going 0-for-7 over the first two games — and nothing else until they scratched out two runs to tie in the bottom of the ninth.
That’s when they started the inning with singles by Turner and Andrew Mistone and scored runs on a groundout by Preston Overbey and a bases-loaded HBP by Tanner Mathis.
The Rebels dropped their fifth straight game — all in the SEC — and are just a game ahead of Auburn for last place in the West. They were swept at home for the first time since Auburn in 2010 yet they left the field today feeling a lot better about how they played against the No. 2 team in the country.
Turner was big offensively and again solid defensively, but his throwing error in the 11th allowed Vanderbilt to score the winning run. Vandy had a runner on second who took third when the ball got a little away from Turner. He didn’t really have a play but pressed it and the throw went into left field.