May 17, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; Ole Miss Rebels celebrate a victory over the Texas A&N Aggies and a clinch of the SEC West Divisional Title. The Rebels beat the Aggies 4-2. Mandatory Photo Credit: Evelyn Griffin

Rebels Lose Finale to the Aggies, But Still Finish Solo 1st in the West

Well, Saturday did not turn out the way the Rebels had hoped for in the Texas A&M series. Ole Miss was looking to complete a series sweep over the Aggies and fell short. Coming into the game the Rebels held a solo 1st place in the SEC West standings by one game over Mississippi State. They needed the win over the Aggies to clinch solo first place in their division. If they were to lose to A&M, they would’ve needed a loss from Mississippi State (who was eying a series sweep over Alabama) to keep from having to share the Divisional Title with the Bulldogs.

Errors plauged the Rebel defense throughout Saturday’s game against the Aggies. This was really evident in the bottom of the 8th inning when the Aggies scored four runs on one hit to regain the lead.

Ole Miss did have their rally points. Their best offensive inning was the top of the 6th inning. The Rebels were trailing 5-1 , after the Aggies had four straight successful innings on offense. The Rebels rallied in the top of the 6th, answering back to the Aggies by adding four runs and tying the game. They would regain the lead that they had held briefly in the 2nd inning in the top of the 7th, scoring one run, making it a 6-5 Rebel lead.

Everything fell apart for the Rebels trying to hold on to a one run lead in the bottom of the 8th inning. From a wild pitch thrown by Jeremy Massie on an intentional walk to an over thrown ball by Austin Anderson attempting to get a runner out at second and winding up throwing it into right field.

Ole Miss trailed by three runs heading into the final inning. They would pull together some runners on base and threatened to rally, but nothing was capitalized as the Aggies beat the Rebels, 9-6.

Ole Miss finished the 2014 regular season 40-16 overall, 19-11 in the SEC standings. They finish at the top of the SEC West, bringing the Rebels their first divisional title since 2009. This 40 win season, marked the fifth time for the Rebels in the Mike Bianco era. The team will head to Hoover, Alabama in the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament as the number two seed.

The one good news that came out of the day, was the loss of Mississippi State to Alabama. This came after the Rebels’ loss to the Aggies, and solidified solo 1st place for the Rebels in the SEC West standings.

Stay tuned to Ole Hotty Toddy as we will keep you updated on all the SEC Tournament action live from Hoover. We will kick off our SEC Tournament coverage with a preview of the tournament, breaking down each team, seed, and game. You won’t want to go anywhere else to get your coverage. Hotty Toddy!

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