Rebs fall in ninth-inning setback

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Rebels couldn't close the deal on Friday as four straight batters walked in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game before a bloop single to right field pushed across the winning run as No. 13 Ole Miss (31-17, 12-10 SEC) fell to Tennessee (27-19, 9-11 SEC) by a score of 3-2.

With the Rebels holding a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, lightning stuck and forced a rain delay of more than an hour as both teams cleared the field. Cody Satterwhite entered the game for the Rebels in the resumed game, relieving starter Will Kline.

Satterwhite looked to be in command early, but things didn't work out in the ninth as he walked four straight batters to tie the game before Justin Cryer entered in relief. Cryer gave up a bloop single to Andy Simunic as the Vols picked up the win.

Satterwhite (3-2) suffered the loss as he walked four, but struck out five batters and did not allow a hit. Starter Will Kline worked 6.0 innings with one unearned run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Aaron Everett (3-0) picked up the win in relief for Tennessee as he closed out the final 1.1 innings with one hit and three strikeouts. He entered in relief of starter James Adkins who worked 7.2 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The Rebels out hit the Volunteers 9-to-3 but couldn't collect the win.

Jordan Henry, Kyle Mills and Zach Miller led the Rebels at the plate as each batter collected two hits on the night. Mills also recorded a solo home run to give the Rebels the lead in the fifth inning, while Henry extended his season-long hitting streak to 13 games.

Ole Miss got on the board in the first when Jordan Henry scored from second on a grounder down the left field line from Cozart that resulted in a fielding error by the Vols third baseman. Henry drew a walk to open the game before moving to second on a sac bunt from Justin Henry.

Tennessee got things going in the fourth when Tony Delmonico scored from second on a single through the left side from J.P. Arencibia. Delmonico walked before moving to second on a throwing error from the pitcher in a pick-off attempt.

Mills homered to left center to open the fifth inning and push the Rebels back on top with a 2-1 lead.

The Rebels turned on the pressure in the ninth inning when Peyton Farr got to third, but the Rebels could not get him home as Ole Miss held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Tennessee got things going in the bottom half of the frame when the Rebels walked four straight batters in the ninth to tie the game at four. The Volunteers then got a bloop single off Cryer in relief to take the opening game of the weekend series.

Ole Miss and Tennessee will continue the series with the second game at 5 p.m. CST on Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

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