Was it SS Zack Cozart jump-starting the Rebel offense in that same frame with a two-out solo shot?
Was it LHP Craig Rodriguez giving the Rebels four excellent innings in relief, including wiggling out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth frame?
Was it LHP Garrett White sealing the deal with two innings of one-hit work to close out the game?
Was it the 9,202 announced attendance that spurred the Rebels not to give up when they trailed 9-3?
What was the defining moment in the Rebs' 11-9 stunning comeback win over Miami in the opening game of the Oxford Super Regional?
How about "all of the above". . . and some more.
To Miami's credit, they came out of the box as hot as jumper cables at a Fourth of July picnic in Starkville.
They rocked starting pitcher Will Kline, who had been basically untouchable in the last few weeks, touching him for 7 runs and 9 hits in just 4.2 innings of work.
"They were unconcious," Kline said. "I didn't have my best stuff, but I wasn't that far off and they just kept hitting it hard."
By the time Kline came out, the Rebs trailed 7-3 and faced an uphill battle, to say the least.
It got worse - momentarily - when reliever Craig Rodriguez gave up a two-run dinger to Hurricane leadoff hitter Jemile Weeks, who is about 5-8 and weighs about a buck forty, in the fifth inning. This coming after Craig had wiggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out scare in the top of the fourth inning.
Trailing 9-3 in the bottom of the fifth, the Rebs had 1-2-3 batters coming up, but Justin Henry and Chris Coghlan went down softly.
With two outs and Cozart coming to the plate, things weren't looking up for the Rebels.
Then, all hell broke loose. Cozart smashed a two-out solo homer off Miami starter Scott Maine to open the flood gates.
From that point on, it was all Ole Miss.
Wright capped the six-run fifth with a three-run opposite-field blast off reliever Jon McClean, the score was tied and O-U Stadium was rocking.
The momentum had shifted for good. The Rebs added two more runs in the sixth and Rodriguez and Garrett White - working the last two frames - were spotless in holding Miami at bay.
"We thought we had the game under control but Ole Miss had other ideas," said Miami Coach Jim Morris.
For the most part, Miami's shell-shocked reps in the postgame press conference didn't have a lot to say.
Who could blame them? Too many defining moments by the Rebs to overcome, not the least of which was an awesome, momentum-driving collection of rabid Rebel fans.
Like last year, the Rebs are one win away from the College World Series in Omaha. Miami's back is against the wall.
Look for more drama and more defining moments tonight at 6 p.m. when the series resumes.
Does it get any better than this?
|Photos by Andy Strickland|