Rebels down SELA 6-1

The Ole Miss Rebels opened a 10-game homestand on a winning note Tuesday night with 6-1 win over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

Tommy Baumgardner (3-4, 6.16 ERA) started on the mound for the Rebels and pitched pretty well, giving up seven hits, one earned run, one walk and three strikeouts in five and one-third innings. Baumgardner allowed two hits and a sacrifice bunt to open the top of the sixth and Ole Miss up 1-0. Coach Mike Bianco wasted no time in bringing in Cody Satterwhite. Satterwhite retired the two batters he faced in the sixth but SELA tied the game on a ground-out to Cozart with one out. Satterwhite (5-2, 5.35 ERA) pitched the final three and two-thirds innings allowing no hits, two walks and one strikeout as he picked up his fifth win of the season.

Logan Power, the redshirt freshman out of Jackson Hillcrest Christian, started in leftfield for the Rebels. In the first inning, Power made a diving catch for the third out that saved one or possibly two runs by the Lions. After this, the score rocked along 0-0 into the bottom of the fifth when Power hit his second home run of the season with two out and nobody on base to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. SELA tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the sixth. The Rebels pushed across three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to win easily 6-1.

There was a unique play in the Rebel seventh, Evan Button pinch hit for designated hitter Cody Overbeck with Mark Wright on third, Logan Power was on first with one out. Button hit a ball deep into right-centerfield, the Lions’ centerfielder ran to wall, jumped and appeared to have the ball in his glove when he hit the wall hard. It was a bang-bang play as the ball bounced out of the centerfielder’s glove as he hit the wall. Wright scored from third but Power held up between first and second to see if the ball was going to be caught. Button had his head down running hard for a triple and passed Power before Power reached second base. The umpire ruled Button out for passing the baserunner and Power ended up on third base with two out. It didn’t matter in this particular game but it shows another example of a base running mistake by the Rebels.

Ole Miss finished the game with eight hits led by shortstop Zack Cozart with three. Henry, Ketchum, Presley, Power and Button had one hit each. The Lions had seven hits and were led by their shortstop Richard Imhoff who had three as well.

The same two teams play again tomorrow night. Freshman Jesse Simpson (0-0, 1.83 ERA) will start on the mound for the Rebels.

This was contributed by Ole Coach.

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