Ole Miss baseball advances to SEC Tournament quarterfinals with 4-0 win over Georgia
HOOVER, Ala. — No matter what happens Thursday night, Ole Miss baseball has a rematch to look forward to on Friday.
No. 5 seed Ole Miss beat No. 8 seed Georgia 4-0 on Thursday to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round. Depending on the outcome of Thursday's late game, Ole Miss will either face No. 1 seed Arkansas, which took two out of three games against the Rebels in April, or No. 4 seed Vanderbilt, which beat Ole Miss in walk-off fashion early Thursday morning.
The Rebels (40-18) beat Georgia on the back of a career-best performance from right-hander Drew McDaniel. The sophomore struck out 11 batters in 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks on 99 pitches. McDaniel posted career highs in both strikeouts and innings pitched and Thursday marked the first time in his career he's left a start without allowing a run.
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Junior left fielder Kevin Graham extended his nation's-best on-base streak to 51 games with a third-inning solo home run. Ole Miss also scored runs off RBI singles from middle infielders Jacob Gonzalez and Peyton Chatagnier, both of whom batted 2-for-4.
Hard-throwing relief pitchers Brandon Johnson and Taylor Broadway finished the game for Ole Miss. Johnson did not allow a base runner in 1 1/3 innings. Broadway worked around a one-out single to guide the Rebels to victory.
The time for Ole Miss' game against either Arkansas or Vanderbilt is not set. It will begin approximately 30 minutes after the 3 p.m. game ends, slotting the Rebels to play likely around 7 p.m.
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