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Ole Miss squanders lead, drops series to Florida

No. 7 Florida scored three runs in the eighth inning, all with two outs, to rally for a series-clinching 7-4 win over Ole Miss on Saturday at McKethan Stadium.

The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ole Miss (29-19, 11-12 Southeastern Conference) led 4-0 after four innings, but the Gators (34-13, 15-8) tied it in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth on an RBI single from JJ Schwarz, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Nelson Maldonado added a two-run single.

Closer Dallas Woolfolk (3-2), who gave up three runs on four hits after entering with one out in the seventh, took the loss. Nick Horvath (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth in relief of Brady Singer before Michael Byrne retired the Rebels in order in the ninth for his 12th save.

Tate Blackman finished 3-for-5 with a double, accounting for nearly half of Ole Miss’ seven hits. Grae Kessinger and Tim Rowe each had two RBIs.