Ole Miss takes first game of double dip

Ole Miss used a four-run third inning and a solid pitching performance from freshman Cody Satterwhite to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores 5-1 in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. With the win, Ole Miss evened up the weekend series 1-1 and moved to 12-7 on the season.

Satterwhite improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season by pitching seven innings – his longest outing of the year – and scattering seven hits and three walks while giving up only one run with three strikeouts.

The Rebels gave Satterwhite all the runs he needed in the bottom of the third. Jon-Jon Hancock led off the inning by being hit by a pitch from Vandy starter Matt Buschmann. Evan Button then flew out to right field, but not before Hancock advanced to second on an errant pick-off move by Buschmann. Justin Henry's double to left field scored Hancock, and C.J. Ketchum drove Henry in with a double of his own. After All-America third baseman Chris Coghlan popped out to shortstop, Zack Cozart capped off the inning with a 371-foot, two-run homerun to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead.

The Commodores got one back in the top of the fourth inning. Dominic de la Osa got a one-out single, stole second, and scored Vanderbilt's only run on a double by second baseman Alex Feinburg.

But the Rebels answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Mark Wright started the inning with a walk, and singles by Justin Brashear and Hancock gave the Rebels a 5-1 lead with runners at first and second with nobody out. Buschmann, however, managed his way out of the jam. He coaxed Evan Button to line out to centerfield, then got a double play when he struck out Justin Henry and catcher Brian Hernandez threw out Brashear at third base on an attempted steal.

The rest of the game went by quickly as both teams' pitchers settled into a groove and pitched a shutout the rest of the way. Buschmann did not allow a Rebel hit after the fourth inning on his way to a complete game, allowing five runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Rebel combination of Satterwhite and reliever Garret White allowed only four hits over the game's final five innings.

Cozart led Ole Miss with two RBI – both on his homerun, and Justin Henry led the Rebels at the plate for the second-straight day by going 2 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.

Game two is set to start at 4:20 p.m. CST.

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