Tanner Mathis delivered a bases loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the No. 18-ranked Mississippi Rebels to a 4-3 Southeastern Conference win over No. 22 Alabama on Sunday afternoon from Swayze Field. The Rebels completed the series sweep with the win, as the Crimson Tide drops to 22-16 overall and 8-7 in SEC play. Mississippi improves to 26-10 overall and 7-8 in conference play.
The Rebels got a single by Anthony Mistone to open the 11th, then a bunt single by Cameron Dishon put runners on first and second with no out. Ray Castillo walked Preston Overbey walked to load the bases, then after Castillo struck out Will Jamison, Mathis singled to left field on the first pitch to drive in the game-winning run.
Castillo threw 4.1 innings in relief of Spencer Turnbull and suffered his first loss of the season to drop to 2-1 on the year. Mississippi reliever Brett Huber threw a scoreless 11th inning to pick up the victory to improve to 3-1 on the year.
The Tide finished the day with 10 hits but left a total of 13 runners on base in the game, including nine in scoring position. Austen Smith led Alabama with three hits and Kenny Roberts and Georgie Salem had two hits each. Andrew Miller had a double, an RBI and scored a run and Chance Vincent had an RBI single to that put the Tide ahead in the eighth inning.
Neither starter factored into the decision, as Turnbull threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Mississippi starter, Sam Smith lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing no runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout.
COURTESY: Alabama Media Relations
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