Rebels surprise top-seeded Dogs

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HOOVER, Ala. --- Ole Miss starter Lance Lynn tied his career high with 12 strikeouts to help lead the Rebels to a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Georgia on Wednesday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Louisiana State's Blake Dean gives coach Cliff Goodwin a high-five after hitting the game-winning home run.  Associated Press
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Louisiana State's Blake Dean gives coach Cliff Goodwin a high-five after hitting the game-winning home run.

The Rebels (35-22) provided Lynn with all the run support he would need in the top of the first when Cody Overbeck lined a two-run single to left field, giving Ole Miss a quick 2-0 lead against Georgia starter Nick Montgomery (2-2).

Lynn (7-3) took over from there. He retired eight of the first nine batters he faced, four by strikeout. Through the fifth inning he had allowed only one player to reach as far as second base.

Georgia (35-20-1) finally got to Lynn in the sixth.

Ryan Peisel singled, advanced to second on a walk and then scored on a single to right field by Robbie O'Bryan, making the score 3-1.

That was all the Bulldogs could manage against Lynn, who gave up four hits in 6w innings. Scott Bittle replaced Lynn and allowed a walk and two hits over the final 2q innings.

LSU 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 4

Blake Dean hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to cap a late comeback and give Louisiana State University a victory over South Carolina.

With the victory, the Tigers (40-16-1) extended their winning streak to 17 games.

Jared Bradford (10-4) pitched a scoreless 10th inning after giving up a leadoff walk to get the win for the Tigers.

LSU trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the ninth. But two walks set up a three-run homer by Matt Clark off Will Atwood, cutting the lead to 4-3.

South Carolina broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth when Aiken's Phil Disher blasted a home run just to the right of the 405-foot marker in straightway center field.

VANDERBILT 7, FLORIDA 3

Vanderbilt hit 14 singles and ground out a victory.

The win snapped the Com-modores' five-game losing streak, which was their longest in SEC play since 2003.


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