Ole Miss fell behind by two runs early but scored 13 runs over the second, third, and fourth innings for a 13-2 win over Maine to sweep the series before 4,422 fans at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Rebel starter Cody Satterwhite, who got his second win in as many starts in his young career, gave up a two-run home run to Maine right fielder Brian Brown in the top of the second inning. But that was all the scoring for the Black Bears on this day.
Satterwhite got his first collegiate win Tuesday. He was scheduled to start last Sunday in game three against Saint Louis. But due to foul weather, there was no game three against the Billikens. So the 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander debuted the very next game, an 11-4 UM win over Samford.
Sunday against Maine he went four complete, allowing only those two runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
"It wasn't my best outing, but I just tried to throw strikes," Satterwhite said. "You always learn something from a game like this. You've got to get ahead. It wasn't my best, but I survived it. Now I'll move on, and learn from it."
Satterwhite said Maine, 0-3 after their first three games of the year, was a solid hitting group.
"They're a real scrappy-hitting team," he said. "They put the ball in play and they don't strikeout much. They are a real fiesty team that scraps for runs and moves baserunners. They're going to be good again this year."
Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco said he was pleased with Satterwhite's performance and that it's already obvious the kid can pitch.
"I thought Cody was really sharp in the pen," Bianco said. "You can tell that he's really got it. He doesn't throw many pitches under 90 miles per hour. He throws the ball with confidence even when he's behind. I thought his breaking ball was sharp. It wasn't his best day, but a lot of guys don't have their best day after four days' rest."
Junior third baseman Chris Coghlan said the Rebels, now 6-1 on the season, knew this was an important weekend for a lot of reasons - for the fans, for the team to improve, and because the opponent was a solid squad.
"We took this weekend real serious, and we especially played well today (Sunday), probably our best day so far this season," said Coghlan, 2-for-3 on the day with a double and three RBI. "Saturday wasn't pretty but we still won (7-5). Friday was a good win for us as well (9-2). Today with 14 hits, 13 runs, no errors and giving up only two runs, you can't ask for much more than that in one game."
Coghlan almost made the highlight reel in the form of starting a triple play in the top of the first. Prior to throwing to second baseman Justin Henry who threw to first baseman C.J. Ketchum for a double play, Coghlan just missed tagging a runner from second to third to start things off, or the inning, with no outs at that point, would have been over on one play.
"I was going for it but the runner went in front of me," said Coghlan, who made a split-second decision to get two instead of trying for three. "I think if I would have tagged him I might not have gotten two. So I decided just to throw to second. It was close. It would have been fun to have gotten that (triple play)."
Bianco said the Rebel coaches told the team before the game that it was time to take everything up a level, and it appeared to pay off in the seventh game of the season.
"We challenged the kids before the game that this was a good day to put it all together," Bianco said. "This was probably our best game to this point. It was the cleanest game we've played, offensively, defensively, pitching, and no errors. Thirteen runs on 14 hits is a good day against any team."
Alex Presley went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Zack Cozart and Mark Wright had two hits on the day, along with Coghlan.
Holding the Bears at bay after Satterwhite were junior left-hander Craig Rodriguez (three innings, one hit, one walk, four strikeouts), senior left-hander Stoney Stone (one inning, two ground outs, a popup to the first baseman in foul territory), and senior right-hander Bradley Lum (one inning, one hit, one walk, one strikeout)
Ole Miss faces Arkansas State, 6-2 on the year, Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Oxford. The Indians have wins over Kentucky and Michigan State. Former Rebel Keith Kessinger is the ASU head coach, while Rebel all-time hits leader Brad Henderson is one of his assistant coaches.
Ole Miss sweeps Maine with 13-2 final win
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