There were a lot of zeroes on the visiting line of the scoreboard after Ole Miss beat Southeastern Louisiana 6-1 Tuesday night.
Two Rebel pitchers combined for the one-run defeat of the visitors from Hammond, La. Make that two important pitchers.
Tommy Baumgardner and Cody Satterwhite began the season as weekend starters, but things have changed a lot since then. Both find themselves in either a relief role or as a midweek starter.
Their collegiate careers also represent opposite ends of the spectrum. Cody's just starting while Tommy's making his last run.
Baumgardner got the start against the Lions but Satterwhite got the win. Both have had larger moments in the spotlight this season, especially as former weekend starters. But none maybe any more important, not only for themselves but also for a team needing to find – or refind – more arms as April heads toward May.
"It went well for me out there," said the LHP senior Baumgardner, who went five and a third innings, allowing one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk. "It was something I definitely needed confidence-wise to get back on track, and it was a good win for the team."
Satterwhite, who last started the second game at Georgia two and a half weeks ago, relieved Baumgardner with two on and one out in the sixth. The freshman RHP, who went the final three and two-thirds innings, got a ground out, which scored one run, and a fly out to end the frame with the game tied 1-1.
Then the Rebel bats finally came alive in the seventh and eighth as Ole Miss scored three runs and two runs respectively in those innings to lead 6-1.
Satterwhite, who got the win to move to 5-2, was able to finish the game with a strikeout and two walks but no runs.
"I just tried to pump it into the zone," he said. "This was good for my confidence. It's a different mentality coming out of the bullpen, but I'm getting more comfortable with it. Whatever I need to do to help us win is fine."
Baumgardner, who hadn't started a game since the first game of the SEC season against Vanderbilt, agreed with Satterwhite that he's feeling a lot better about things after Tuesday night's performance.
"It's always good to go out there and throw well, especially when you've been down a few weeks like I have," he said. "It's great to get back out there and do a good job for the team."
UM Coach Mike Bianco said it was good to see two important pitchers do well.
"It was a good night for them," he said. "It's been a tough year for Tommy. It was good to get him a start, to let him warm up and get ready to go. Maybe he didn't have his best command out there tonight, but certainly it was one of his better games in the last few weeks.
"And Cody was just really dominant," Bianco continued. "He didn't give up a hit. It was a good night for him and good to see him pitch well."
The Rebels improved to 22-15, while the Lions fell to 15-21. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. the two teams will meet again. Chad Catalano (Sr., RHP, 0-1, 13.0 IP, 7.47 ERA) will take the mound for SELA, while Jesse Simpson (Fr., RHP, 0-0, 19.2 IP, 1.97 ERA) will start for the Rebs.
Simpson will be making his first start for Ole Miss after 11 relief appearances this season. In his 19.2 innings of work, Simpson has struck out 14 and walked six. His opponent batting average of .197 leads the Rebel pitching staff in that category.
Baumgardner, Satterwhite pitch well
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