Ole Miss rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the sixth and added a single run in the ninth on an infield single from Fuller Smith to score Logan Power for the final margin of victory.
Overbeck led the Rebels at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance and four RBI on the afternoon. Justin Henry went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI as the Rebels came from behind and held on behind closer Scott Bittle to secure the win.
Nathan Baker (3-1) picked up the win for the Rebels as he worked 6.0 innings with two runs on three hits a walk and three strikeouts. Bittle entered with two outs in the eighth and worked 1.1 innings with one hit, a walk and three strikeouts to secure the win. It was the seventh save of the season for Bittle.
"It was a hard-fought game," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We blew some opportunities to score early, but we were able to answer with several good at bats in the sixth inning, including Cody Overbeck's home run. I am especially proud of Scott Bittle for coming back from the weekend and pitching the way he did to secure the game for us."
The Jaguars got on the board first, scoring in the second inning when Jeff Cunningham hit a solo home run over the fence in left center. Eric Shortell was then hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on a groundout to first before scoring on a chopper back to the pitcher as Slidell scored before the Rebels could turn the double play from the pitcher to first to home.
Ole Miss got on the board in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs before Cody Overbeck recorded a sac fly to right field to score Jordan Henry from third. The Rebels were unable to do any more damage, however, as the Jaguars caught a man stealing and then recorded a ground out and a fly out to end the inning.
The Rebels took the lead in the sixth inning, putting six runs on the board with three walks and three hits including a three-run home run from Cody Overbeck. Ole Miss led 7-2 after the offensive outburst.
South Alabama loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs on the way to a four run inning. A wild throw to the plate off a grounder to third allowed one run to score before a wild pitch pushed a second run across. A single to right center with two outs pushed two more runs across as the Jaguars cut the lead to one at 7-6 in favor of the Rebels.
With one out in the ninth, the Rebels went to work again. Logan Power reached on a walk before stealing second and third. He then scored on an infield single from Fuller Smith. The scored proved to be the final margin of victory as Bittle shut down the Jaguars in the ninth to preserve the win.
Clint Toomey led the Jaguars at the plate with a 2-for-5 performance and two RBI on the day. David Doss also went 2-for-3 with two walks on the day.
Ole Miss will return home to host No. 25 Alabama this weekend in a three-game series. It is the conference home opener for the Rebels. First-pitch on Friday against the Crimson Tide is set for 6:30 p.m.
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