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Alabama's baseball season ends in 10-8 loss to Ole Miss

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama baseball came up short in Saturday’s comeback effort, as the Crimson Tide fell, 10-8, to fourth-ranked Ole Miss. The Tide finished the 2018 season at 27-29 overall and 8-22 in Southeastern Conference play.

The Crimson Tide and Rebels traded runs all afternoon in a game that lasted over six hours with a 2:05 rain delay. Ole Miss jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first half inning, but Alabama came back with a run of its own in the first and followed with one more tally in the second to even things up. The Rebels put up a four-spot in the third to move in front but were countered by a two-run home half from UA.

Both teams then went scoreless until the sixth when the Rebels plated one and UA matched with two. Ole Miss put the game out of reach in the eighth with a three-run frame, but, once again, Alabama answered with two of its own in the bottom of the inning to pull within two. The Crimson Tide reached the tying runs in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate, but a strikeout ended things in favor of Ole Miss, 10-8.

Alabama’s 1-through-4 hitters contributed 10 hits, including four doubles – one from each hitter - and added two walks. The foursome also registered six RBI and four runs scored by day’s end. Juniors Cobie Vance and Keith Holcombe each recorded a team-high three hits with Vance adding a career-high tying three runs to go with an RBI and a walk, while Holcombe registered a team-high tying two RBI. The Tide’s No. 3 hitter, senior Chandler Avant, finished his day 2-for-4 with two RBI to match Holcombe and added a run scored, while UA cleanup hitter Chandler Taylor, a junior, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.

Ole Miss reliever Greer Holston (2-0) picked up the win while Alabama sophomore Kyle Cameron (1-3) suffered the loss in relief.

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