Rebels Roll

Cody Satterwhite was the storyline early, but as the game went on it was the Rebel offense that stole the show in Ole Miss' 22-5 win over Minnesota.

Satterwhite, moving into the second-day starter's role, was up and down the first couple of innings of his five-inning day, but as the game moved on he got better.

"It was good to settle down out there," said the Rebel junior righty, whose line read no earned runs and two hits with three strikeouts and three walks. "I felt better as the game went on."

After the Rebels had taken a two-run lead in the bottom of the second inning when an error on the Golden Gopher shortstop allowed two Rebs to score (Logan Power who had walked and Evan Button who was hit by a pitch), the visitors answered with two, both unearned, in the top of the third to tie the game. Those were the lone runs scored with Satterwhite on the mound.

That was also the last time on this day that the game was close. Ole Miss responded with six runs in the bottom of the third to break things open. Zach Miller led off with a first-pitch double to the left corner. Two walks later (Cody Overbeck, Michael Guerrero) with the bases loaded, Power singled home Miller and Overbeck. A Button single scored Guerrero and chased Minnesota starter Kyle Carr.

Reliever Tyler Oakes found the going just as tough. He walked Kyle Mills to load the bases but he did get the next two batters out. However a wild pitch allowed Power to score, and a single by Jordan Henry got Button and Mills home. Henry was tagged out in a rundown between first and second.

After the Rebs added three runs in the fourth, it was a 10-run fifth that ended all hope for the Gophers. The outburst included not one but two home runs by Overbeck, both two-run shots to left.

In between those two moments, Brett Basham got in on the fun with a grand slam also to left. When the dust had settled after the bottom of the sixth, the Rebels led 21-2.

"It felt good," Basham said. "I just got a fast ball and tried to do what I could with it."

"It was fun," said Overbeck, who mentioned he had never hit two round-trippers in the same inning in his life. "Everybody was hitting today, so that made things easier for me to hit."

Jeremy Travis, who reached on a double in the sixth, scored for Ole Miss on a passed ball for the final run of the day for the home team. The Golden Gophers added three in the eighth, and that was that as the three and a half hour game played before almost 5,000 fans on a sunny but chilly Oxford afternoon came to a close with the Rebels taking the series.

Game three is Sunday at 1 p.m.

After his team had 19 hits, Mike Bianco said offensively how could he not be pleased?

"We got a lot of hits, some extra base hits, and some home runs," he said. "It's hard to complain. We looked good at the plate today."

In addition to Satterwhite, the Rebels used out of the bullpen Rory McKean (2.0 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts), Wade Broyles (1.0 IP, 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 strikeout), and Thomas Flautt (1 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout).

Bianco said it was good to Satterwhite settle down a little after a shaky start.

"First innings can be tough, especially in the first start of the year," the eighth-year UM head coach said. "He struggled, and Logan Power got us out of a jam throwing a runner out at the plate. Then Cody had those strikeouts (back to back to end the frame). After that he still wasn't as sharp as we've seen him. But I'm proud of him for hanging in there. Not bad against a pretty good club to only give up two unearned runs."

Satterwhite said he liked the "team" victory that this one was.

"Big day for everybody," he said.

Rebel sophomore Nathan Baker (6-2 in 2007, 3.92 ERA) will start Sunday's game. The 6-foot-3 left-hander was named a freshman All-American after last season.

The Golden Gophers will likely counter with junior Dustin Brabender, a 6-7 right-hander (5-1, 4.40 ERA). He's Minnesota's returning leader in starts, innings, and strikeouts.


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