Ole Miss falls to Vandy 7-6 in 10 innings

HOOVER, Ala. – It wasn't to be for the Rebels on Saturday as No. 19 Ole Miss (37-23) took a three-run lead on the Commodores in the top of the 10th inning, only to watch it slip away as No. 1 Vanderbilt (50-11) scored four in the bottom half of the frame to take a 7-6 win over the Rebels.

The win eliminated the Rebels from the Southeastern Conference Tournament and propelled the Commodores into the Championship game against Arkansas on Sunday. It marked the third one-run loss to top-ranked Vanderbilt for Ole Miss, who now returns home to await the announcement of NCAA Regional participants and host sites.

Cody Satterwhite (4-4) suffered the loss for the Rebels in relief as he gave up five runs, four of them earned, on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Scott Bittle, who drew only his second start, worked a career-long 7.0 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Both runs scored were in the first inning as he worked 6.0 scoreless innings before leaving the game.

Casey Weathers (11-2) picked up the win in relief as he worked 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Zach Miller led the Rebels at the plate with a 1-for-5 night that featured a home run, two RBI and a run scored as he moved up to the second spot in the lineup. Cody Overbeck also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

The Rebels got things started in the first inning when Miller hit a solo homer down the left field line to get Ole Miss on the board. Justin Henry then tripled to left field before scoring on a double down the left field line from Overbeck. The Rebels loaded the bases, but were unable to get another run home and led 2-0 after the top of the first inning.

Vanderbilt answered in the bottom half of the inning as Ryan Flaherty doubled to right field with two outs to drive in two runs and even the score.

Ole Miss took the lead again in the second when Miller grounded out to second to score Alex Kliman from third. Kliman doubled to open the inning before moving to second. Justin Henry walked, forcing the Commodores to the bullpen in favor of left-hander Jason Cunningham. Ole Miss put another runner on, but Cunningham got a pop up for the final out to get out of the inning with the Rebels leading 3-2.

The Commodores brought in Weathers to relieve Cunningham with one out in the seventh following a double from Justin Henry. Weathers got Vanderbilt out of the inning, though, as he got the next two batters to fly out and ground out as Ole Miss continued to lead 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Vanderbilt looked to get things going with a two-out rally in the eighth inning as Pedro Alvarez drew a walk and moved to second on a single to right field from Ryan Flaherty. Matt Meingasner then grounded out to second to end the rally without any damage done as the Rebels continued to lead 3-2.

The Commodores got a rally going in the ninth as Shea Robin opened the inning with a double down the right field line. Ryan Davis then reached on a fielder's choice sac bunt as the Rebels went to third but failed to apply the tag on the lead runner, putting runners at the corners with no outs. The Rebels got an out on a foul fly to third before pinch-runner Jonathan White stole second to put runners at first and second. Vanderbilt tied the game on a foul sac fly to left field that allowed the lead runner to score and tie the game at three heading into extra innings.

Ole Miss took the lead in the 10th when a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at third allowed two runners to score and Logan Power, who was on first, advanced to third. Power scored on a grounder up the middle from Farr as the Commodores went home with the throw, but failed to make the play at the plate. The score gave the Rebels a 6-3 lead after 10 complete.

Dominic de la Osa homered to open the bottom of the 10th and cut the Rebel lead to two at 6-4. Alvarez then singled to center field before Flaherty singled to left field to put runners at first and second with no outs. A throwing error on a sac bunt attempt down the third base line allowed another run to score and put runners at second and third with no outs. A single through the right side from Robin then gave Vanderbilt the win, as two runs scored and the Commodores claimed the 7-6 win over the Rebels.

Ole Miss will learn its fate for the postseason when NCAA Regional sites are announced on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CST and the NCAA Tournament field is announced on Monday.

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