Rebs rally to tame Tigers 6-5

Ole Miss, 29-13, wins two-game series against Memphis, 10-30, by rallying from a 5-1 deficit at AutoZone Park Wednesday night.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Ole Miss won Tuesday night's game with Memphis in Oxford going away, leading throughout and never looking back in a 13-4 romp.

At AutoZone park Tuesday night, the Rebels had a different challenge as the Tigers got up 5-1 in the fourth inning.

But Ole Miss answered the call and rallied for two runs in the fifth and three in the seventh to win 6-5 and take the two-game series.

"I'm proud of the way we came back, but I'm proud of the way we played both these games (against Memphis)," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "To get down 5-1 and then put a couple of nice innings together and come back, that was good to see."

Memphis area Rebel Ryne Porter got things going for Ole Miss in the fifth with a one-out single to left. Cooper Osteen, 3-for-4 on the night, followed that with a single up the middle. Chris Coghlan, 4-for-5 in the contest with 2 RBI, followed Osteen with an RBI base hit to right to score Porter to cut the Memphis lead to 5-2.

After the Tigers changed pitchers, Stephen Head then reached on a fielder's choice to score Osteen, and the Rebs were down just 5-3 but could not get anything further in the frame.

The three-run seventh got started when Osteen walked with one out and Coghlan followed with a base hit. Head then singled to right and made it all the way to third on an error by the Tigers. Both Osteen and Coghlan scored to tie the game at 5-5. Brian Pettway then doubled down the left field line to score Head to put the Rebs in front to stay.

"I was just trying to hit the ball to the outfield to get Stephen in from third base," said Pettway, who was 2-for-5 in the game with the lone RBI. "He threw a curve ball and I was able to rip it down the line for a double. I was just trying to put the bat on the ball and hit it hard. Luckily it got through."

Rebel pitching then took over as relievers Stoney Stone (who went three innings and got the win with one earned run, two hits, no walks and four strikeouts), Jon-Jon Hancock (an inning and a third, no runs, two hits, no walks, and a strikeout), and closer Pettway (one and two-thirds innings, one strikeout, earning the save) all but shut the Tigers down the rest of the way after starter Chris Moffett (three innings, four earned runs, six hits, two walks, four strikeouts) had tired some, according to Bianco.

"Stoney did a great job and held them down for a while," he said. "Jon-Jon came in and pumped the ball in there and hit some 90s. Of course Brian was very dominant."

Chris Davis, who relieved starter Daniel de Armas, was charged with the loss for the Tigers.

The Rebels now turn their attention to the SEC race with Mississippi State coming to Oxford for three games. The Bulldogs lost to Southern Mississippi 6-1 in Starkville Wednesday night to fall to 28-12 on the season. The Bulldogs had defeated the Golden Eagles 5-4 Tuesday night.

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