LOS ANGELES - Buoyed by a raucous and lively crowd of supporters, 19th-ranked Ole Miss (10-5) put up four runs in the eighth inning to rally and claim a 6-5 win over UCLA (10-11) on Saturday to pull the weekend series even with one game to go.
Stoney Stone (1-0) picked up the win for the Rebels as he came in to relieve starter Cody Satterwhite in the sixth inning with two outs. Stone worked 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, but was still in the game when the Rebels sparked the big rally in the eighth inning. Garrett White picked up his second save of the year as he pitched the ninth, sitting down all three batters.
Josh Roenicke (0-2) suffered the loss for the Bruins despite only throwing two pitches in the game. Roenicke came into the game in the eighth with the Rebels rallying and gave up an RBI single to Zack Cozart to pull the Rebels within one. Cozart then scored a batter later to tag Roenicke with the loss.
Dave Huff pitched 7.2 innings of work to start the game, holding the Rebels in check for most of the day. He allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out nine batters and walking three.
Satterwhite worked 5.2 innings for the Rebels, giving up three runs on five hits as he walked three, struck out four and hit three batters.
The Rebels got off to a better start in the first inning, as Justin Henry led off the game with a single to left and moved to third on a single from Chris Coghlan to center field. Coghlan advanced to second on the throw to third as the Bruins attempted to get Henry. The Bruins were able to get back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning and leave runners in scoring position.
Brashear notched his fourth home run of the season with a solo shot in the second inning, giving the Rebels the first lead of the weekend and a 1-0 lead in the game.
UCLA loaded the bases with no outs in the second as Satterwhite hit two straight Bruins with a runner on first. The Bruins tied the game when Satterwhite walked Sean Smith, scoring a run and keeping the bases loaded with one out. A single through the left side gave the Bruins the lead as the bases stayed loaded with no outs. The Rebels got out of the inning as Satterwhite struck out Josh Roenicke and then turned his third double play of the season when Brandon Crawford popped up to the mound and he caught the runner at first too far from the bag.
Zack Cozart tied the game at two with his third home run of the season, a long shot to left field, tying the game at two.
The Bruins went back on top in the bottom half of the fourth with a double to left center from Ryan Babineau that scored Sean Smith. Smith reached on a fielder's choice to first as the Rebels attempted to turn a double play that got the runner at second, but allowed Smith to reach base.
UCLA extended the lead in the seventh inning with a two-run home run from Brett McMillan that scored Tim Stewart. Stewart reached when he was hit by a pitch with two outs to reach first. The two run shot pushed the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Bruins. It marked the eighth straight game in which UCLA has notched a home run.
Ole Miss threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. Cozart then came up big again, lacing a two RBI single through the left side to score C.J. Ketchum from third and JoJo Tann from second. Alex Presley moved to second on the play as the lead was cut to one at 5-4. Ole Miss took the lead on a drive to right field from Brashear that was in and out of the glove of Bruin right fielder Chris Jensen, allowing Brashear to reach second and scoring Cozart and Presley to give Ole Miss a 6-5 lead.
The one run lead proved to be enough to hold on as Craig Rodriguez retired three straight batters in the eighth and Garrett White sat three straight down in the ninth to pick up the save.
Ole Miss and UCLA will play the final game of the series at 3 p.m. CST on Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Rebels rally for victory over Bruins
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