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No. 10 Diamond Rebels drop series to No. 1 Kentucky

Addison Dent/The Daily Mississippian

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second game on the weekend, it was the team that got the big hit and not the most hits that won the contest as No. 10 Ole Miss (21-10, 6-6 SEC) fell to No. 1 Kentucky (30-3, 9-3 SEC) by a score of 8-3 on Sunday.
The Rebels out-hit the Wildcats 11-to-8 in the game, but left eight men stranded on the afternoon, while Kentucky got the big hit in the sixth to take the lead for good on a grand slam from Cameron Flynn. Ole Miss led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
R.J. Hively (3-2) suffered the loss for Ole Miss, allowing six runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.
Corey Littrell (5-0) picked up the win, holding the Rebels to two runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Alex Phillips picked up his second save of the season, working the final 3.0 innings for the Wildcats and taking the mound with Ole Miss on top 2-1 to start the sixth inning.
“Today was similar to Friday in that we were unable to get the big hit,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “Kentucky did that this weekend, that’s why they’re so good.
“Kentucky pitched well all weekend with the exception of the fifth inning on Friday,” Bianco continued. “We did as well, except for in the sixth inning today. There were just two really good teams going at it this weekend.”
Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Central Arkansas in a doubleheader that will begin at 3 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
SATURDAY: No. 10 Ole Miss 9, No. 1 Kentucky 3
Two-out hitting proved to be the difference for the Rebels on Saturday as No. 10 Ole Miss (21-9, 6-5 SEC) scored eight runs with two outs on the afternoon to defeat No. 1 Kentucky (29-3, 8-3 SEC) by a score of 9-3.
The loss snapped a 21-game home win streak for the Wildcats and evened the weekend series at a game each after Kentucky claimed the series opener 3-2 with an eighth-inning rally on Friday.
FRIDAY: No. 1 Kentucky 3, Ole Miss 2
It was a quirky game with missed opportunities on both sides, but the final bounce of the ball went the way of the home team on Friday night as No. 10 Ole Miss (20-9, 5-5 SEC) fell to No. 1 Kentucky (29-2, 8-2 SEC) by a score of 3-2 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Ole Miss out-hit the Wildcats handily, pounding out 14 hits to Kentucky’s seven. But the Rebels couldn’t get the timely hit and left 10 men stranded in the one-run loss. Ole Miss also had three men thrown out at the plate.