Closer confirmed on Friday

Sophomore Cody Satterwhite has been a multitasker through the first part of the season by rehabbing from recent injury and providing stability to a beleaguered bullpen. While he was effective during that period, South Carolina saw firsthand how dominant the right-hander is when focusing on a single task.

The arm is now healthy and most likely so is the Rebels' closer role. The flame thrower gassed the Gamecocks for two innings of no hit, scoreless mound work, while the radar gun continuously lit up in the mid-nineties during the 8-5 Ole Miss victory.

"I felt really good and now it is just about letting it go," Satterwhite said. "I finally have my velocity back so everything is good."

The outing was Satterwhite's second save, but it was the first on a key Friday night in 2007. A wild pitch and groundout scored an inherited runner and kept the eighth inning from going smoothly, and a couple walks kept the game interesting in the ninth. Pressure was at a high pitch, but Satterwhite responded with a strike out before inducing two weak outs to seal the deal.

"The ninth was ok, the runners made it fun," Satterwhite joked afterward.

Head coach Mike Bianco didn't agree that the two walked batters saw four balls apiece and visited Satterwhite so that the home plate ump had to come out. When he arrived, Bianco began a heated argument before finally heading back to the dugout. Catcher Brett Basham agreed with Bianco.

"Cody was just incredible," Basham said. "He was better than it looked because of those walks. That was ridiculous. I was right behind the plate, and the ball hit my mit. I don't know what was going on."

The adversity didn't affect Satterwhite, and that could be a good sign for the future as the Jackson native could face similar tight situations in the future, possibly later in the weekend.

"Satterwhite has just gotten better and better," Bianco said. "The rehab is complete, and he is tough for any hitter to deal with considering his velocity. Also, the stamina is good so we can count on him for several innings when the game is close."


The Rebel offense had been under scrutiny most of the season due to runners being left on base, but clutch at-bats drove Ole Miss to the win on Friday.

Seven of the eight runs were produced with two outs, and the production occurred from all parts of the order, especially the bottom.

Eight-hole hitter Evan Button continued a dream week with a home run and two runs scored, while Basham, in the nine hole, showed signs of coming out of a slump with multiple hits and an RBI along with a run scored. Button also homered Sunday in Baton Rouge. That is now two long balls in two starts at first base.

"I have worked with the coaches and really concentrated on hitting fastballs and not getting buried in the count," Basham said. "Tonight, I saw some offspeed stuff, but I was able to have an idea of what was needed and get them through the infield."

Two-out singles turned into runs thanks to opportunistic base stealing each from Justin Henry, Zack Cozart and Button.

South Carolina rallied for three runs in the fourth inning, but three two-out runs crossed the plate for Ole Miss in the bottom half to keep the momentum.

"The two out hits were great and exactly what we needed tonight," Bianco said. "It was an overall great effort. Hopefully, this will be the start of a long run."

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