Power's dramatic hit sends Rebs to victory

It looked like the 10th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels had things right where they wanted them up 6-0 after four innings. After all, it was a Friday night game in the Southeastern Conference and six-run leads often hold up.

Georgia, however, disregarded the norm and battled back to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh. It wasn't until the bottom of the 13th that the Rebels were able to pull out a dramatic 9-8 victory to open this series.

Logan Power sent a fast ball that was just a bit high into deep center field that had Georgia centerfielder Jonathan Wyatt turning around and heading to the wall. But he couldn't catch up to it, and Zack Cozart, who had walked and moved to second on an Evan Button single, raced home.

The official time of the game was two minutes short of four hours and proved to be anything but the normal Friday night SEC series start.

"I don't necessarily think it was a well-played game by either team," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after his team improved to 23-9 overall and 6-4 in SEC play. "But we continued to fight throughout the game. We got that 6-0 lead and let that evaporate. They take the lead and I thought (Justin) Cryer came in and did a good job. (Scott) Bittle gave up a (three-run) home run, but boy does he show some guts coming back and battling after some of the things that have happened to him this year. He struck out five and really got dominant after that. He really stopped their momentum. And Cody Satterwhite at the end was terrific."

The Rebels actually trailed heading into the bottom of the 13th after the Bulldogs had scored a run in the top of the frame with a leadoff walk by Ryan Peisel who came around to score three batters later on a Joey Lewis infield hit that Cozart charged but threw high to catcher Brett Basham at home plate.

Jordan Henry led off the bottom of the 13th by reaching on a single to third, then moved to third on a throwing error by Bulldog third baseman Peisel, who threw to first in a rush to try to get the speedy Henry. Jordan raced all the way to third. Jordan's brother Justin flew out to center field to score Jordan.

That's when Cozart walked, Button singled, and Power headed to the plate to win it with his double.

The Rebels outhit the Bulldogs 19-11. Georgia committed three errors to none for Ole Miss.

Rebel starter Will Kline ran into some trouble in the fifth as Georgia was able to come up with two runs. In the sixth the Bulldogs chased Kline after an RBI single by Luke Stewart scored Matt Olson who had reached on a single.

"It wasn't my best night," said Kline who allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. "The first couple of innings I felt good, and I actually felt OK in the sixth. They're a scappy lineup and battled and there was not an easy out in their lineup. It just wasn't my night. Fortunately for us, it finally was our night when it mattered."

Reliever Justin Cryer came on and gave up an RBI single to Joey Lewis which scored Ryan Peisel who had reached on a single off Kline.That brought Georgia to within 6-4 and made things very interesting.

The Bulldogs added three runs in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead. With one out, Cryer walked Jonathan Wyatt which was followed by a hit and run to right field by Rich Poythress that put runners on first and third with no outs. Scott Bittle came on in relief of Cryer at that point and on a 1-0 count to Olson gave up a three-run homer over the right center wall.

The Bulldogs appeared poised to win it in the bottom of the ninth with the 7-6 lead still holding up. On Alex Kliman's at-bat with two outs, a popup in foul territory in front of the UM dugout was missed by third baseman Peisel, and the Rebels were still alive. Then with a 2-2 count, Kliman popped one up again, this time where grass meets dirt on the first base side of second. Georgia shortstop Gordan Beckham raced all the way over and called everyone in the area off to make then play but couldn't. Evan Button came home from third, pinch running for Cody Overbeck who reached on a Texas Leaguer to short left center. Button moved to second on a ground out by Power and to third on the missed pop up at second off the bat of Kliman, which tied things at seven.

That's when we headed to the 10th and four more innings of baseball - until the Rebels got the victory.

Satterwhite, one of four Rebel pitchers, got the win with three innings to close it out, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts.

The Bulldogs' Iain Sebastian, the last of six Georgia pitchers, was saddled with the loss.

The top of the Rebels' lineup was strong for Ole Miss on this night. Jordan and Justin Henry along with Cozart each had three hits in the game.

Zach Miller had two home runs in the contest, a two-run in the second and a solo in the fourth, to help UM build the early 6-0 lead.

The man who hit the game-winner said the Rebels didn't want to lose another game, let alone experience what would have been their eighth one-run loss of the season.

As it turned out, the Rebels won their sixth one-run game of 2007.

"This was a real big win for us," said Power, who was 2-for-7 on the night with the one RBI. "It was our time tonight."

Certainly it was Power's time in the bottom of the 13th.

Georgia fell to 10-20 and 3-7 with the loss.

First pitch on Grove Bowl Saturday for game two of the series is 4 p.m.

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