North Alabama Upsets 18th Ranked Ole Miss; First SEC Win Since 1992

North Alabama Upsets 18th Ranked Ole Miss; First SEC Win Since 1992

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OXFORD, Miss. – North Alabama got a season-high 14 hits and a stellar pitching performance from Hunter Davidson to down 18th ranked Ole Miss 10-6 at Oxford-University Stadium, Swayze Field.
 
Having struggled offensively in 2019, the Lions scored multiple runs in four different innings and never trailed in the game against a team that entered with a 20-9 overall record and 14-3 home mark.
 
The win was the first by a UNA baseball team over a Southeastern Conference opponent since the Lions downed Mississippi State 3-2 in 1992.
 
North Alabama got two runs on four consecutive hits in the second inning but Ole Miss rallied for two runs of its own in the third. The Lions went back on top 5-2 in the top of the fourth before the Rebels again answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. UNA added two runs in the sixth inning and three in the eighth to push its advantage to 10-4.
 
Davidson came on in relief in the fifth inning and shutout one of the nation's top hitting teams for four innings, allowing just one hit and three walks with two strikeouts. He got the win to improve to 2-1.
 
With its second straight win and third in the last five games, UNA improved to 6-21 on the season.
 
With two outs and no one on in the second, UNA got three consecutive singles from Peyton SockwellReid Homan and Colt Chrestman to load the bases. First baseman Harris Kain then delivered a two-run single to right field to score Sockwell and Homan and put the Lions on top 2-0.
 
In the Ole Miss third, Grae Kessinger drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Thomas Dillard singled to score Kessinger and then stole second to move into scoring position. Cole Zabowski followed with an RBI-double to tie the game at 2-2.
 
North Alabama regained the lead in the top of the fourth on another two-run hit by Kain. Landon Langston got a lead-off single and was sacrificed to second. Homan reached on an error and advanced to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Kain dropped a double into leftfield to drive in both runners and give UNA a 4-2 lead on Ole Miss starter Max Cioffi.
 
After a pitching change by the Rebels, UNA's Davis Elliott singled to left off reliever Connor Green and drove in Kain for a 5-2 North Alabama lead.  
 
Ole Miss got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a single, a hit batter and a UNA error to close the gap to 5-4.
 
Homan scored for the third time in the game in the sixth inning when he got a leadoff single, was sacrificed to second and scored on an Elliott RBI-single to make it 6-4. Kevin Brenning followed with a single and a Kiefer single drove in Elliott to extend the lead to 7-4.
 
In the top of the eighth, Kain got a leadoff single and Elliott followed with a double. Kain then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brenning to make it 8-4. Tate Mathis then brought in Brenning on a sacrifice bunt to push it to 9-4.  Sockwell later drew a bases-loaded walk to push across the final run of the day.
 
Keegan Foge came on to pitch the ninth inning for UNA and gave up a double to Cooper Johnson before Kevin Graham blasted a two-run to cut UNA's lead to 10-6. Foge then had to leave the game when UNA reached its maximum number of mound visits, bringing on Kaleb Barnes to pitch with one out. Barnes got two fly-outs to end the threat and preserve the win.
 
Colin Chamblin started for UNA and allowed two runs in his three innings of work. Austin Nichols gave up two runs in his one inning on the mound before Davidson came on to shutdown the Rebels.
 
Kain was three-for-four with two runs scored and four RBI in the game. Homan reached base four times and scored three runs. Elliott was three-for-six and drove in two runs.
 
North Alabama plays at Samford on Wednesday (April 3) at 6:30 before hosting a three-game ASUN Conference series at Mike Lane Field beginning Friday against Liberty.

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