After a clutch win over LSU to open the SEC Tournament, Scott Stricklin’s Diamond ‘Dawgs found themselves unceremoniously bounced out of Hoover today, falling in the loser’s bracket to Ole Miss, 4-0.
For the second day in a row the Red and Black just couldn’t get the bats going. Wednesday it was an 11-2 shellacking at the hands of #1 ranked Arkansas. Today it was a shutout that wasted a solid outing from lefty starter Liam Sullivan. Sullivan held the Rebs scoreless in the first, gave up a solo homer in the second and another run in the third, pitching out of a couple of jams to leave righty Jon Cannon with a decent setup in the fourth. Cannon then gave up a pair of runs over 5 innings, notching 5 strikeouts.
But the Classic City batsmen just couldn’t do anything with Ole Miss’s Drew McDaniel. The freshman hurled six-plus innings of scoreless baseball, scattering four hits.
Coach Stricklin’s squad will now wait for Monday’s NCAA Tournament announcement show. The selections will air at noon on Memorial Day on ESPN2. The Bulldogs aren’t a shoe-in for selection, especially after this quick tournament exit. But there’s a reasonable chance the ‘Dawgs sneak in. The SEC has been fantastic too to bottom this season, boosting the strength of schedule for even middle-of-the-pack teams like UGA. Until later...