Rebels off to tough start at Alabama

Cody Satterwhite struggles in first Friday night start as a Rebel.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It was a tough night on the mound for the Rebels on Friday, as two big innings at the plate doomed Ole Miss (13-9, 1-3 SEC)in a 12-2 loss to Alabama (17-8, 3-1 SEC) at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Crimson Tide only out hit the Rebels 12-to-7, but several early walks put runners in position for Alabama to take advantage of the hits.

Cody Satterwhite (4-1) suffered the loss in his first Friday night start of the season and only second start on the road. Satterwhite worked 1.0 inning, giving up six runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout. The Rebels would use three more pitchers on the night, as Stoney Stone, Jesse Simpson and Tommy Baumgardner all came into the game in relief.

Wade LeBlanc (5-0) picked up the win as he worked 7.2 innings, striking out seven batters and walking three. LeBlanc only gave up two runs on the night on a double from Chris Coghlan and a home run from C.J. Ketchum. Ole Miss got eight hits off LeBlanc on the night.

Ole Miss got on the board early, as Justin Henry scored from first on a double to the wall in right center from Coghlan. Coghlan advanced to third on the throw home from center field in an attempt to get Henry at the plate. Henry led off the inning with a walk. The Rebels were unable to get Coghlan home, as LeBlanc got the next two batters to pop out and ground out to end the inning.

Alabama got off to a solid start in the bottom half of the inning as a single sandwiched between a pair of walks loaded the bases with no outs for Satterwhite. A wild pitch to the next batter allowed all runners to advance and knotted the game at one with no outs on the board. A single through the left side from Kody Valverde pushed a second run across and gave the Crimson Tide the lead. A third walk loaded the bases again, and a strikeout later, the fourth walk of the inning pushed a third run across for Alabama. A triple to right center from Greg Paiml cleared the bases and pushed the Crimson Tide to a 6-1 lead on the Rebels in the first.

Alabama added a seventh run with a solo home run to left field from Evan Bush in the second inning.

C.J. Ketchum answered for the Rebels in the third, launching a solo shot over the left field wall for his first home run of the season to scratch out another run for the Rebels and cut the Alabama lead to 7-2.

Bush added to the Tide lead in the fourth with his second home run of the game, driving the ball over the left field fence. It was the start of a five run inning for the Crimson Tide, as Alabama pushed ahead to a 12-2 lead on the Rebels.

Jon-Jon Hancock spoiled the Crimson Tide's fifth as he robbed Valverde of a home run, leaping at the wall to reach up and snag the ball before it went over the fence in left field. The Rebels then got out of the inning with no more damage.

Simpson worked effectively in his 3.2 innings of work, the longest outing of the night for a Rebel pitcher, as he retired nine in a row before being removed from the game.

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