Georgia Splits Doubleheader with Ole Miss as Mike Bianco Reaches Milestones

Georgia and Ole Miss split a doubleheader, with Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco earning his 1,000th career win. The Rebels' comeback victory in Game 2 could boost their postseason hopes.

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Georgia Splits Doubleheader with Ole Miss as Mike Bianco Reaches Milestones

Georgia Splits Doubleheader with Ole Miss as Mike Bianco Reaches Milestones

The No. 23 Georgia Bulldogs and Ole Miss Rebels split a doubleheader on Sunday, April 21, 2024, with Georgia winning the first game 7-2 but Ole Miss bouncing back to take the second game 3-2. The victory in Game 2 marked the 1,000th career win for Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco and his 900th at the helm of the Rebels.

In the opener, Georgia's bats came alive in the seventh inning, hitting three consecutive home runs to break open a close game. Charlie Condon led the Bulldogs' offense with two home runs and four RBIs. Ole Miss starter Liam Doyle had a strong outing but was unable to contain Georgia's late surge.

Facing a potential sweep, Ole Miss rallied in the second game. Trailing 1-0 early, the Rebels tied the game in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Ethan Lege. Later in the inning, Will Furniss delivered a two-out RBI single to give Ole Miss the lead. The Rebels added an insurance run in the seventh to secure the 3-2 victory.

Why this matters: Mike Bianco's milestone wins highlight his successful tenure at Ole Miss and place him among the winningest coaches in SEC history. The Rebels' ability to avoid a sweep and earn a crucial conference win could have implications for their postseason aspirations.

The win was especially meaningful for Coach Bianco, who is in his 26th season as the Rebels' head coach. "It's a tribute to our program and all the players we've had come through here," Bianco said of reaching the 1,000-win milestone. He will receive a $125,000 bonus as part of his contract for the achievement, with additional bonuses available for reaching 1,100 and 1,200 wins.

Ole Miss's pitching staff, led by Gunnar Dennis, JT Quinn, and Brayden Jones, held Georgia to just two unearned runs and five hits in the second game. The Rebels will look to build on the momentum from the doubleheader split as they return home to host North Alabama and Alabama in the coming week.

Key Takeaways

  • Georgia and Ole Miss split a doubleheader, with Ole Miss winning the second game 3-2.
  • Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco earned his 1,000th career win and 900th with the Rebels.
  • Georgia's bats came alive in the 7th inning of the first game, hitting 3 home runs.
  • Ole Miss rallied in the second game, tying the game in the 6th and taking the lead.
  • The win was meaningful for Bianco, who will receive a $125,000 bonus for the milestone.