Robert gave the Tide a gritty 9 1/3 innings and held the Rebels to two runs and eight hits. He added five strikeouts and walked one batter in the longest outing of his Alabama career. He threw 141 pitches in the no decision.
"That was a great game, another close game," Wells added. "Both pitchers did a great job. Robert pitched as well as he has at Alabama and he pitched really well last week, too. He certainly pitched well enough to win. It's a shame we could not push across another run.
The rubber game is set for Sunday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. (CDT).
Ole Miss (17-8, 2-3 SEC) had three straight hits off sophomore right-hander Tommy Hunter in the 11th inning. Henry led off the inning with first-pitch single to left field and moved to on Zack Cozart's double to left-center field. Overbeck then slapped a base hit through the left side of the infield to give the Rebels the win.
Hunter (2-2) allowed one run and three hits in the loss.
Ole Miss reliever Cody Satterwhite (1-0), who survived a shaky 10th inning, picked up the win with two scoreless innings out of the pen. He allowed one hit and walked two batters.
Both teams had chances to plate the winning run in the 10th inning.
Alabama (17-9, 3-2 SEC) loaded the bases with a two-out rally in the 10th inning but failed to scored when UM backup first baseman Peyton Farr robbed sophomore designated hitter Alex Avila of a potential game-winning single when he backhanded a sharp ground ball and flipped to Satterwhite at first base to end the scoring threat.
Senior shortstop Greg Paiml started the rally with a two-out double down the right field line. Senior center fielder Emeel Salem was intentionally walked and freshman third baseman Jake Smith, who had four strikeouts in four at-bats, was walked to load the bases before Avila's sharp grounder was fielded by Farr to end the threat.
"The first baseman made a nice play," Alabama coach Jim Wells said. "That was our chance to get ahead and win the game."
Ole Miss had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning before Hunter replaced Robert on the mound. Hunter threw one pitch and got out of the jam when Ole Miss leadoff hitter Jordan Henry rolled into the inning-ending double play.
Both starting pitchers turned in stellar outings on the mound on Saturday.
Ole Miss sophomore right-hander Lance Lynn was equally impressive. He held the Tide to two runs and seven hits in nine innings, with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Lynn left after throwing 151 pitches.
"(Lynn) pitched great too. He attacked us with fastballs. He pitched forever and threw 150 pitches. He just came right at us with fastballs and we could not get anything going."
Alabama took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out base hit by Matthes. Salem led off the game with a single up the middle, stole second and scored on Matthes' RBI single.
Ole Miss had three hits and five base runners against Robert in the third inning, but managed only one run as the senior worked out of a minor jam. Justin Henry's two-out single to right center scored Evan Button as the Rebels tied the game at 1-1.
UM center fielder Logan Power's solo home run that hit the left field foul pole gave the Rebels a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was his third home run of the season.
After leaving the tying at third in the sixth inning, Alabama tied the game in the seventh on Avila's 372-blast to right center field. It was his fifth home run of the season.
The game remained tied until the Rebels rallied for the win in the 11th inning.
GAME NOTES: *Alabama has scored in the first inning in 14 of 26 games this season, including four of its five SEC games.
*Senior center fielder Emeel Salem (Mountain Brook) led off the game with a single to center field and has now reached base in all 26 games this season. Dating back to last year, Salem has reached in 39 consecutive games for the Crimson Tide.
*Senior shortstop Greg Paiml (Hoover) recorded his 25th career sacrifice bunt Saturday when he bunted Brandon Belcher into scoring position in the sixth inning. Paiml's 25 career sac bunts rank second all-time at Alabama. Allen Rice (2002-05) holds the record with 28 career bunts.
*Senior right-hander Bernard Robert (Denham Springs, La.) turned in the longest outing of his Alabama career Saturday at Ole Miss, working 9 1/3 innings. He recorded his 10th career complete game last week against Tennessee and has thrown 18 1/3 innings in his last two starts. He has allowed just three runs and 12 hits in those two outings.
*The Ole Miss game was the second-longest outing of Robert's collegiate career. He threw a 10-inning complete-game to beat No. 1 seed Northwestern State in the first round of the 2005 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament May 24, 2005.
*Neither Alabama nor Ole Miss have been particularly strong in close games this season. The two teams are a combined 5-10 in one-run games in 2007. Bama fell to 1-4 in one-run games, while Ole Miss improved to 4-6 with the win.
*The two teams are also a combined 2-5 in extra innings games this season. The Crimson Tide fell to 1-4 in extra innings, while the Rebels evened their record at 1-1.
*Ole Miss' 3-2 win snapped Alabama's five-game regular-season winning streak over the Rebels.