OXFORD, Miss. – Alabama and Ole Miss baseball met on Saturday afternoon for a 12-inning exhibition at Swayze Field.
The Crimson Tide got on the board first thanks to a solo home run from Dominic Tamez in the top of the second. The Rebels came right back with one run on a sacrifice fly in the home half of the second to even things up at one apiece. Both teams would go scoreless until the top of the sixth when William Hamiter delivered an RBI-double off the wall in right to push UA in front once again. Ole Miss answered for a second time, recording a pair of solo homers in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 3-2 affair in favor of the Rebels.
In the top of the seventh, Zane Denton sent a ball into the right field corner for a single and a misplay by the Rebels on the relay allowed Will Hodo to score from third for the tying run. Ole Miss would move in front for good in the bottom of the 10th thanks to a two-run home run to make it a 5-3 ballgame with two innings to go. In the 12th, a leadoff double from Denton followed by an RBI-single by Bryce Eblin pulled the Tide within one, but another Rebel run in the final half inning made it a 6-4 final.
The exhibition in Oxford signals the end of the fall for Alabama. The Crimson Tide will return to the diamond in the spring as the team prepares for its 2022 season opener against Xavier on Friday, Feb. 18 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Thoughts on the scrimmage, fall as a whole:
“I thought today was another positive day for this group. I would assume that both Mississippi State and Ole Miss will be ranked in the Top 10 whenever the preseason polls come out. Tight games against teams of their caliber should give our kids some confidence, as well as reinforce just how much the little things matter.
“Overall, I feel like we made a lot of progress throughout our fall team segment. We will hit the weights hard the next couple of months before we get back on the field in January as we prepare for the season opener against Xavier in February.”
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