Satterwhite gets it done as Rebs move on

HOOVER, Ala. - You might say Ole Miss reliever Cody Satterwhite was "on" in this one.

Six batters faced in the last two innings of the Rebels' 6-3 win over Tennessee to advance, and none of the Volunteer batters reached. Three of them headed back to the dugout after striking out.

Cody was bringing it, and in turn he was doing his part in bringing the Rebs into that all-important off day Friday.

"We're looking forward to a rest day," said the Rebel sophomore right-hander who threw 22 pitches in those last two frames of the finale on day two here. "We'll recuperate some and get ready for Saturday. It will be good to get a day off."

For Satterwhite, it was also good to come out and mow down the Big Orange in a big way. In the top of the eighth, DH Jeff Lockwood struck out swinging. Tony Delmonico, whose one swing of the bat with a 2-2 count and two outs drove a Lance Lynn fast ball out of the park with a couple of his teammates on, struck out looking this time. Shawn Griffin grounded out to third.

In the ninth, Chad Maddox struck out swinging. Danny Lima grounded out to second. Andy Simunic was out at first as Peyton Farr flipped the ball to Satterwhite for the game's final out.

Things came a bit easier for Satterwhite Thursday night than they had at times this season, it seemed. There had been some rough outings lately. At Knoxville against the Vols three weeks ago, things didn't go that well for Satterwhite.

Some UT fans remembered his struggles. They cheered when they saw he was coming into this one. He heard them.

"You kind of feed off that," said Satterwhite, who got his fourth save of the season. "The crowd helps. It's fun."

Even when the crowd is against you or poking fun as it appeared some Tennessee fans were doing. But Satterwhite went out and looked like he has so many times during his two seasons with the Rebs. Tonight he was on and he knew why.

"I've been working on a few things," Satterwhite said. "Coach (Mike) Bianco and I had been working on some things with my mechanics. I was rushing things. I just slowed some things down and that helped."

Satterwhite said his approach was simple.

"I just wanted to go right at them, pump the strike zone and make them swing the bats," he said.

He certainly did that. And the Rebels now have a day off to get ready for the weekend run to perhaps another title in this tourney.

"I've got a lot of confidence right now," he said. "Tonight helped that. Hopefully now we can move on and win this tournament, host a Regional and Super Regional, and get to Omaha."

With Satterwhite "on" as he was against the Volunteers, the Rebels certainly are better equipped to do just that.

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