The Rebels (15-11, 2-5 SEC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Bulldogs (18-7, 3-4 SEC) smacked a pair of home runs to tie it in the sixth. In the eighth, C.J. Ketchum was hit by a pitch from junior right-hander Brooks Brown. JoJo Tan, pinch-running for Ketchum, moved in to scoring with a stolen base. After Brown struck out Chris Coghlan, Cozart delivered the double to left. After a groundout, right fielder Mark Wright made it 6-4 with another run-scoring double, ending Brown’s night.
Ole Miss relief pitcher Garrett White picked up the win to improve to 3-0 while Brown fell to 3-2. White tossed 3.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits. Brown tied his career high with nine strikeouts but allowed six runs on nine hits in 7.2 innings.
In the first, a pair of two-out singles by Coghlan and Cozart put runners at the corners for the Rebels. Then, Cozart was caught trying to steal second, but Coghlan came in to score before the out was made putting Ole Miss up 1-0.
The Rebels went up 2-0 in the third. Jon-Jon Hancock was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a ground out. Ketchum singled to right to bring him home. The Rebels scratched for two more runs in the fifth to build a 4-0 lead. Two singles and a wild pitch put runners at second and third for Justin Henry who singled in a run while Brooks Brown committed a throwing error which brought in another run.
In the sixth, back-to-back home runs for the Bulldogs evened the game at four a piece. Bobby Felmy knocked a three-run blast to right off Ole Miss starter Craig Rodriguez. Felmy now has four home runs and 10 RBI in SEC action. The Rebels turned to White and Josh Morris greeted him with a game-tying solo home run to make it 4-all.
“We fell behind early and managed to tie it, but credit Ole Miss for coming right back and getting the key hit,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Brooks battled, and the seventh inning was his best of the night so we stayed with him. We had confidence in him.”
The SEC series continues Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Ole Miss will start freshman Cody Satterwhite (4-1, 5.65) while the Bulldogs counter with senior left-hander Mickey Westphal (2-0, 4.91).