Ole Miss took the lead in the 2nd inning on a two-run home run by Justin
Huisman and never looked back, defeating Florida 11-5 in the
Southeastern Conference opener at McKethan Stadium. Ole Miss improved to
11-5, 1-0 in SEC play, while Florida dropped to 11-10, 0-1.
Ole Miss starter Jeff McAvoy (4-1) went 6.1 innings for the win and
reliever Ronnie Goodwin held UF in check over the final 2.2 innings to
pick up his second save on the year. Right fielder Craig Nugen led the
offensive attack for the Rebels, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs
scored and one RBI.
Gator starter Mike Smalley (3-2) took the loss, giving up six runs (five
earned) over 6.1 innings.
Florida, which had five errors in the game, pulled within one run at 6-5,
scoring three runs in the seventh and a single run in the eighth. The
potenital game-tying run was thrown out at the plate to end the eighth
Ole Miss then jumped on the Florida bullpen for five runs in the ninth
inning for the final margin of victory.