Ole Miss beats Kentucky 8-7

HOOVER, Ala. | Michael Guerrero ripped a line-drive home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the ninth to give Ole Miss a wild 8-7 victory over Kentucky on Thursday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The lead changed hands four times in the final three innings. Kentucky had taken a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth on a triple by Sawyer Carroll and a sacrifice fly by Collin Cowgill.

Jake Morgan (3-1) picked up the victory for the Rebels, while Scott Green (6-4) took the loss.

Kentucky (42-16) will play Alabama at 6:30 p.m. Friday in an elimination game. Ole Miss (36-22) receives a bye Friday and advances to Saturday's semifinal round.

The Rebels took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run homer by Matt Smith, who went 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Kentucky tied the game 6-6 in the eighth, using an Ole Miss error to score an unearned run, with Keenan Wiley driving in Troy Frazier for the second time in the game.

The Rebels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, keyed by a two-run single from Smith.

Kentucky tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth. The big hit for the Wildcats was a two-run double down the left-field line by Chris Wade.

Ole Miss regained the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the inning without the benefit of a hit. Kentucky starter James Paxton walked Zach Miller, who advanced to third following an errant pick-off attempt. Miller then scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Ferguson.

Kentucky tied it back up in the sixth when Frazier doubled down the left-field line and scored on single by Wiley.

The Wildcats took a 5-4 lead in the seventh, taking advantage of a throwing error by Ole Miss third baseman Cody Overbeck. Collin Cowgill reached second base on the error and then scored on a single through the left side by Brian Spear.

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