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Woodman powers Rebels to series win at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 7 Ole Miss used three home runs, including two by junior J.B. Woodman, to power past Georgia 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Foley Field. Senior Holt Perdzock hit the first career home run as well, helping the Rebels (36-12, 14-9 SEC) clinch the weekend series.

Woodman, the reigning National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Hitter of the Week, provided his second multi-homer game in the last four contests. The junior lefty increased his season total to 10, hitting five over a five-game stretch. Perdzock’s homer was the Rebels’ second pinch-hit dinger of the season, and fellow senior Cameron Dishon went 2-for-3 with an RBI to spark the bottom of the lineup.

Starting pitcher David Parkinson (3-2) picked up the victory, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. Once again, the Ole Miss bullpen was superb and did not allow a run. Connor Green pitched 1.2 scoreless frames, while Brady Feigl contributed 0.1 of an inning. Earning his ninth save of the season and second in as many games, junior Wyatt Short finished the final 1.2 innings and collected his 22nd career save.

Georgia (22-25, 7-16 SEC) equaled Ole Miss with nine hits, but managed just three runs as the Bulldogs grounded into three double plays. Three errors plagued the home team as starter Connor Jones (5-5) allowed five runs but only one earned. Drew Moody pitched a career-high five innings of relief, surrendering two runs on two homers.

Ole Miss took advantage of a Georgia miscue to score the game’s first two runs. In the opening frame, the Bulldogs appeared to be out of the inning on a pop-up to first base. However, the ball was dropped by Georgia first baseman Patrick Sullivan, the first error of the freshman’s career.