Cody Satterwhite has 10 wins, a first for Ole Miss in six years.
He's done it several ways – as a starter, a reliever, a closer, coming in when the Rebels were ahead, when they were behind, you name it.
But the fact is that when Satterwhite has been called on, he has not only delivered, the team has as well. Thus the 10 wins and leaving him one shy of the school single-season record of Rick Zibilich in 1977 and Jamey Price in 1995.
"He's battled through some adversity in some situations," said Rebel pitching coach Kyle Bunn. "Now in the biggest game he's probably pitched in, to do what he did tonight is fabulous. He's very, very talented. I look forward to the future with that kid."
Not a freshman anymore?
"His freshman year's over," Bunn said, smiling.
Mike Bianco said just watching Satterwhite in games, with six wins in his last seven relief appearances, isn't seeing the whole picture. It's how he's handled everything in his true freshman season.
"I don't want to say he's had an up and down season, because he just won his 10th game," Bianco said. "He's won like half as a starter and half as a reliever. But none bigger than this one."
Satterwhite, recruited by State as well, said it was a special moment.
"I grew up with this rivalry," he said. "A bunch of my friends went to State. They recruited me hard but I never was a State fan. It feels good to beat the arch-rival."
He agrees that it's been an interesting year for him with all the ways he's gotten victories.
"I'm getting wins, so that feels good," he said. "It would be hard to make a list of how many different ways I've gotten them."
That it would.
Almost the forgotten man but shouldn't have been was starter Will Kline. Bianco said Kline, along with the Rebels manufacturing some runs early, put the team in position to win.
"The way Will was pitching and us getting some key hits or driving some runs in, we took advantage," he said. "I liked the way Will battled 1, 2, 3; 1, 2, 3. And even in innings they scored he squashed a rally quickly. He bounced back and got outs.
"For Will to go that long (7 and a third) was solid. He's only gone that long twice, and both times against Mississippi State. He's pitched in some big games, but to pitch this well in the first game of a series as a starter was impressive."
Bianco said Zack Cozart called the bunt to lead off the top of the 10th.
"I thought I might have a chance," Cozart said. "I looked and saw that everybody was back and didn't think they'd have a play. Thankfully he (MSU third baseman) was playing far back and it worked."
Coming into the dugout tied 5-5, Cozart said the mood was upbeat.
"We talked about winning the game. We couldn't be down. We were still tied. We weren't losing. So we knew we had to score some runs. We went out and battled and did that."
Bianco said for Cozart to decide to bunt in that situation shows the ultimate team attitude and also the baseball savvy of his sophomore shortstop.
"Although it wasn't the prettiest bunt, I really liked it," said Bianco of the popup bunt that wasn't handled and allowed Cozart to reach. "You have to remember this guy hit a walkoff home run Tuesday night (against Memphis). He sees the third baseman playing back. Instead of trying to hit a home run, he bunts it. He's a team guy. He did that on his own. Then Presley bunts him over. Then Logan gets the big key hit. Young kids coming up late in the game for us. That's good to see."
Logan Power had spent a lot of time at Dudy Noble Field over the years. Maybe that he was in the difficult left field position for the visiting Rebels was a good thing given his familiarity.
Over the years there hasn't been a tougher spot to play college baseball than in left field at State. The fans are right on you as they hang across the fence.
Power's brother Mark played at State, and other family members attended MSU. That afforded Logan the opportunity to become familiar with Dudy Noble Field and all its character – and characters.
Logan is a quiet, low-key, business-like player. That probably serves him well in left at State.
"They got on me pretty good after the error and throughout the game. But it's no big deal," he said.
"It's pretty big (to come through with the game-winning hit). I've been here a lot and watched these two teams play. To be a part of it now is unbelievable and fun."
And he wanted to bounce back after his error in left allowed State to score in the bottom of the ninth.
"I felt like I had let them down. I wanted to step up for my team."
He did that.
Tonight Brett Bukvich will be on the mound for the Rebels as Ole Miss tries for SEC win No. 17 and overall win No. 36. The freshman LHP is 5-4 in 73.1 innings pitched with a 3.56 ERA.
Sophomore LHP Justin Pigott will start for MSU. Pigott is 5-1 with a team-best ERA of 1.36 in 16 appearances and 44.1 innings pitched.
Bukvich picked up his fifth win of the season last Saturday, shutting down the 10th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Bukvich has struck out 55 and walked only 17 this season as he has thrown a team-high 73.1 innings on the year.
More from game one; on to game two
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