The second-ranked Rebels responded from their toughest test to date, a two-win in the opening game of the series, by putting up five runs in the first three innings and riding Cody Satterwhite's seven strong frames for the 11-4 victory on Saturday in front of a season-high crowd of 5,583.
Satterwhite (2-0) allowed one run while scattering five hits and striking out six Sycamore hitters for the win. The junior didn't yield a walk, but he did hit one batter.
"It was a great day by Cody Satterwhite, and that will probably get lost a little bit when you look at the score," Mike Bianco said. "He was tremendous and threw all his pitches well."
While Satterwhite excelled on the mound, run support for the pitcher was also more than sufficient. Ole Miss pounded out seven doubles and had seven hitters finished with multiple hits. Every Rebel starter but Brett Basham reached base safely, however, the catcher did record a sacrifice fly.
Zach Miller and Michael Hubbard both led the team with three hits each, while Matt Smith hit the game's only home run, and Cody Overbeck produced two doubles.
"We went gap-to-gap and you have to credit the coaches for that," Hubbard said. "We aren't slap hitters. They teach us to hit the ball hard somewhere. We need to keep getting up early and then add on to that, keep them down."
The Rebels struck first when Miller scored on a double from Cullan Kight, but ISU responded with a run of its own a half-inning later. But it was Ole Miss' bottom half of the third that placed some cushion between the two teams.
Ole Miss tagged Sycamore starter Brian Oliver for four runs on three doubles. Oliver was ran an inning later and suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. He final line totaled six earned runs on ten hits, two walks and a strikeout.
The Rebels tallied 21 hits in all with Jordan Henry, Overbeck, Michael Guerrero, Logan Power, Matt Smith and Evan Button all rapping two apiece. It was Button's first multi-hit game of the season. Fuller Smith and David Kindred both hit safely in one pinch-hit appearance each.
"It helps when your offense comes out and is impressive like this everyday," Satterwhite said. "You can settle down and really control the game."
The Rebels also pushed four runs across in the eighth inning after the Sycamores cut the lead to 6-2.
Rory McKean relieved Satterwhite and finished the final six outs, but Indiana State crossed the plate three times with unearned runs. Two straight throwing errors aided the Sycamores in the ninth, one by Overbeck and one by Button. As a team, the Rebels committed three errors, a season high.
Ole Miss and ISU close out the three-game set at 1:30 Sunday at Swayze Field.
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