HAMMOND, La. - Sophomore left fielder Mark Wright hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to break a 6-6 tie and propel No. 20 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) Ole Miss to a 10-8 non-conference win over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday evening, in front of 1,172 at Alumni Field.
Wright's home run was his sixth of the season and highlighted a three-run inning for the Rebels (23-10).
Ole Miss trailed 6-3 before tying the game with three runs in the sixth. Cooper Osteen hit a two-out, two-run single to pull the Rebels to within 6-5 and Chris Coghlan followed with a double to score Osteen and tie the game.
Junior right-hander Stoney Stone (1-0) worked 2 2/3 innings of relief to earn his first career win. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out two.
Sophomore left-hander Brandon Carlton (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing one run one hit and one walk and striking out one in 1/3 of an inning of relief.
Junior right-hander Brian Pettway pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn his third save of the season.
Wright finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and Pettway went 3-for-3 to lead the Rebels at the plate. Pettway has now recorded at least one hit in 31-of-33 games this season.
Ryan Spencer went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Gary Duhe was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Lions (15-20). Duhe hit his third home run of the season with a two-run shot in the eighth to make it 9-8. Steve Clevenger also went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
Ole Miss out-hit Southeastern Louisiana 14-13 on the evening.
Ole Miss scored three runs in the top of the first inning, before the Lions answered with four in the bottom of the first. Southeastern Louisiana then added a run in the fourth and fifth innings to build a 6-3 lead.
The Rebels will next open a three-game Southeastern Conference series at No. 12 LSU Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., at Alex Box Stadium.
*** UM athletics media relations - Rick Stupak
Quotes from SELA compiled by Jeff Roberson
Mark Wright: "The pitch before (the home run), I checked swing, and they (umpires) thought I went. The next pitch was a 3-2 fast ball, and I just put a good swing on it (for his home run). Their catcher and I had been jawing back and forth a little bit, so it felt good. It was a big moment in the game, but all our runs were big tonight."
Brian Pettway: "I've been struggling (as a closer) the past few games. It seems that everything I threw lately, teams have been hitting it hard. Tonight I really threw the same stuff. I was very happy to get them out and not give up any runs. Hopefully that will get me going. I've been down since giving up the home run to Southern (Miss). Hopefully this will get me going for the rest of the year. We just kept battling tonight, and Mark got the big hit. We were hoping to get more runs than we did, but we'll take the win."
Stephen Head: "They played a great ballgame, but I knew when it was 6-3 we were going to get our hits, get our runs. We knew we'd score, so there was no sense of urgency. We knew we'd get our hits and score some runs."
Coach Mike Bianco: "Mark Wright always seems to get a big hit. Tonight he got the big homer that helped us win it. It's nice to get a win under our belts. We got a lot of pitchers in. I wish we'd gotten some more in. We go up early and then they came back. It seems like that's happened to us in a lot of games lately. I was proud of the way the offense hung in there and responded. Michael Wakefield settled down and did a good job. Brooks Villar did a good job in relief. Stoney Stone did a good job in his 2 and 2/3 innings, which is the most he's ever thrown for us. And I thought Brian came in and did a good job in a tough situation. Certainly it was good for us to respond tonight as we did."
Wright's home run lifts Rebs to win over SELA
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