The No. 18-ranked Mississippi Rebels scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning en route to a 5-2 Southeastern Conference win over the No. 22-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, in front of a record crowd of 11,729 at Swayze Field on Saturday. With the loss, the Tide falls to 22-15 overall and 8-6 in SEC play. The Rebels improve to 25-10 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
With the score knotted at 2-2 in the eighth, the Rebels got a two-out, bases loaded single from Will Allen off Alabama reliever Jon Keller (3-5) to drive in two go-ahead runs. Then with runners on the corners a single from pinch-hitter Austin Knight to drive in the third run of the inning. With the Rebels leading 5-2, they turned the game over to their closer Brett Huber, who recorded his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, preserving the victory for reliever Tanner Bailey (2-1). Bailey threw 1.2 innings, allowing one hit with a walk and a strikeout in relief of starter Mike Mayers.
Neither of the starting pitchers factored into the decision, as Alabama's Justin Kamplain, who was making his first start of the season, threw 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and a strikeout. Mississippi starter, Mayers, went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
COURTESY: Alabama Media Relations
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