Rebels roll over Tide in 11 innings

No. 13 Ole Miss jumped on the back of its superb pitching staff and erased Friday's bitter taste with a 3-2 11-inning victory over No. 25 Alabama (17-9, 3-2) that was an opposite ending of what most of the year has been in one-run affairs for the Rebels.

Lance Lynn dazzled for nine innings and threw 147 pitches and Cody Satterwhite (1-0) appears to be close to full strength as the two stifled the Tide all afternoon. Lynn allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out 10, while Satterwhite gave up one hit in two innings to earn the win.

"I was just out there fighting," Lynn said. "I threw the ball well most of the game. I still had my velocity in the ninth so I think it was good for me to show coach that I can go a little longer than he normally likes. It was a good day for us, glad we finally got that one-run victory."

Heading into Saturday, Ole Miss (17-8, 2-3) had lost six of its eight contests by one run, but today would not be another one thanks to three straight hits off Tide ace and Friday winner Tommy Hunter (2-2).

Justin Henry singled to open the 11th, and Zack Cozart doubled to put them both in scoring position for Cody Overbeck, who was 0-4 previously. The sophomore promptly delivered a shot through the left side and a celebration ensued for the Rebels.

"The last at-bat made up for being 0-4 before that," Overbeck said. "I was just trying to put it in play. I thought a curve ball was coming so I stayed back and put it in play. I knew if I could do that, then we would win. It has been tough losing those close games, but we know we are good so you have to keep fighting. Now, we need to keep it going tomorrow."

Both teams were frustrated offensively all day thanks to Lynn and Alabama starter Bernard Robert. The senior hurler matched Lynn pitched for pitch and recorded one out in the 10th before being relieved by Hunter. Robert allowed four hits and two runs while striking out five.

"Robert was tremendous," head coach Mike Bianco said. "He mixed his pitches up well, and we weren't able to get too many good swings in. We knew he threw well last week, and he did it again."

Alabama struck first in the opening frame when Emeel Salem singled to start the game and stole second before Kent Matthes brought him in with a single of his own.

Ole Miss tied things up in the third when Evan Button reached on a fielder's choice and came across the plate on a single from Justin Henry. The Rebels grabbed the advantage two innings later on a Logan Power home run that ricocheted off the foul pole in left field.

The Tide rounded out the regulation scoring with a solo shot by three-hole hitter Alex Avila.

Each team squandered chances during the 10th inning, but superb defensive plays kept the score tied. Ole Miss put runners on the corners with one down for Jordan Henry, but the swift freshman laced a ball directly at the second baseman, who turned the twin killing just ahead of a diving Henry at first.

Bama had their own opportunity in the top half when an intentional walk to Salem and a walk to Jake Smith loaded the bases before a defensive substitute by Bianco paid off.

Avila grounded a hard ball toward first base where Peyton Farr was playing for stud freshman Andrew Clark. Farr snagged the shot and flipped to a covering Satterwhite to end the inning.

"The play was huge, and Peyton is a great defensive first baseman," Bianco said. "Not only to catch it, but Peyton was able to get some momentum toward Satterwhite. And then Cody got over there so quickly. Just an all-around athletic play."

Satterwhite's outing was his best of the season, and the sophomore feels that his recovery from offseason shoulder pain is almost complete and was happy to help the team over this recent one-run hump.

"I got a couple games left before fully back," Satterwhite said. "Just getting that pitching feel and coming out of the bullpen, but I am really close to 100 percent. I feel good. The goal today was to come out, shut them down and give the hitters a chance. It definitely helps confidence to take one of these."

Justin Henry, Basham and Power all went two-for-four on the afternoon before an announced attendance of 5,667.

The two teams take the field for the rubber game tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Left-hander Brett Bukvich will take the hill for Ole Miss, while Alabama is undecided on its starter.

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