Rebs rally for walk-off win over USM

PEARL— No. 13 Ole Miss (19-8) played long ball for the lead and then played small ball for a come-from-behind 6-5 win over No. 29 Southern Miss (17-9) Tuesday in Pearl. The Rebels faced a deficit with two innings remaining but battled back and gouged the Golden Eagles with a walk-off victory.

Cody Overbeck played hero for the second time in three games as he drove in Evan Button with a sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth for the win. The sophomore delivered a single to beat Alabama in extra innings on Saturday.

"I was just trying to put it in play," Overbeck said. "I saw all the fastballs he was throwing to other batters and figured I would get the same thing. It is huge to recently turn around these one-run losses. I keep getting put in these situations and so far they have worked out."

The sacrifice fly was the chosen late-game weapon with one also tying the contest during the eighth inning. Pinch hitter C.J. Ketchum delivered the game-knotting RBI that scored Overbeck.

Six Ole miss pitchers saw mound time on Tuesday with Cody Satterwhite (2-0) picking up his second win in three days by working the ninth inning where he allowed a hit but struck out pinch hitter Luke Adkins to end the threat.

Nathan Baker started and lasted into the fourth inning before exiting after three runs had scored. Jesse Simpson allowed two runs as well before the Rebels found the right pitching combination.

Recently demoted left-hander Brett Bukvich and embattled reliever Scott Bittle kept Southern Miss at bay until Satterwhite entered. Each worked an inning. Bittle struck out three hitters although one hitter reached on a wild pitch.

"He (Bittle) had a lot of movement on the ball tonight and pitched great," head coach Mike Bianco said. "He has been a great competitor for us. It's tough when you are in that situation and things don't go your way and it's not that you did much wrong.

"Still after this weekend, it was just the way the ball bounces. I was proud of him today. He strikes out a guy and we don't catch the ball, and then there is a guy at first. He still competes and strikes out another one."

Wild pitches were not uncommon on Tuesday with the Golden Eagles mounting a fair amount of offense off the battery miscues. A total of six pitches were wild during the game.

Each team used the middle innings to get going offensively with Southern generating a three-run lead during the third and fourth frames.

Trey Sutton got the scoring started with a two-run bomb over the right-field wall during the second inning. The blast brought in catcher Eddie Burger. An inning later, the Golden Eagles cashed in another run on a double from Bailey Hartel that scored Trey Cuevas. The designated hitter reached on a hit by pitch.

The three-run advantage was short-lived as the Rebels' offensive power kicked in during the fourth inning. Following an out, Andrew Clark and Logan Power went back-to-back with solo shots after reaching two-strike counts. JoJo Tann walked and then Alex Kliman finished off the fourth-frame fireworks with a two-run bomb of his own.

The outburst sent Southern starter Mike Cashion to the showers and rudely greeted reliever Jared Cavenaugh.

Despite the adversity, the Golden Eagles battled back in the rivalry game during the next half inning. Two runs crossed the plate courtesy of two singles and two wild pitches from Irwin.

Ole Miss was saddled with a one-run deficit after five innings, but the Rebel pitching staff kept the game in reach as Southern would not score again.

The runs in the last two at-bats gave Ole Miss a win in a series that continues to be nothing but nail-biters.

"Every time we play Southern it seems to go down to the wire," Bianco said. "It feels like half the games during my seven years have been won in the last inning. Neither team played particularly clean, but both competed hard in what has become typical of this series."

USM closer Patrick Ezell (0-1) is tagged with the loss after allowing the winning run on two hits and the sacrifice fly. A Button single and back-to-back bunts from the Henry brothers set the table for Overbeck.

Ole Miss remains on the road with an SEC series against Auburn this weekend. Friday's game time is 6 p.m. The full radio network and .tv will be available for the series.

"Tonight was a big win because it showed us that we can win close games," Satterwhite said. "Every Friday night is a close one and it gives us confidence and helps us out tremendously."

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