Gamecocks use early lead to take series

Cody Overbeck notched his 10th home run of the season with a solo shot in the ninth inning, but the Rebels couldn't dig their way out of an early hole as No. 16 Ole Miss (25-15, 10-8 SEC) fell to No. 10 South Carolina (29-11, 11-7 SEC) by a score of 4-1 on Sunday.

The loss clinched the series for the Gamecocks who also claimed Friday's game while the Rebels won the Saturday game. The home team has now won the series 2-1 every year since the 1999 season.

Cody Satterwhite (3-3) suffered the loss for the Rebels as he allowed four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

Blake Cooper (5-3) picked up the win for South Carolina as he tossed a complete-game, allowing only one run on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Zach Miller led the Rebel offense with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, while Cody Overbeck notched the game's only run for Ole Miss as he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

"It was a tough day offensively," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We couldn't get anything going and Blake Cooper was great for them. Cody Satterwhite had a tough first inning, but after that he pitched tremendously. On a day when you are only going to score one run, you have to be tremendous on the mound. Cody pitched us into the seventh inning for the third time in the last four outings and gave us a chance to win. We didn't take advantage of that."

Ole Miss looked to get things going early, loading the bases with two outs before a groundout to first ended the Rebel threat before a run could be pushed across the plate.

The Gamecocks got started in the bottom half as a walk put Reese Havens on to lead things off. Havens then moved to third as Merrifield laid down a bunt and the throw was there ahead of him, but Merrifield lowered his shoulder and knocked Matt Smith to the ground and the ball loose at the same time. Justin Smoak then singled through the right side to move Merrifield to third and push the first run across the plate. A walk of James Darnell then loaded the bases for the Gamecocks with no outs.

A single to left field from Disher then pushed two more runs across and an error on the throw from left field allowed Darnell to move from first to third on the play as South Carolina took a 3-0 lead. Cody Overbeck threw home on a grounder to third on the next play, notching the second out on the tag at home by Brett Basham. Satterwhite then walked the bases loaded again on the next play, but a grounder to second from Scott Wingo ended the inning with the Gamecocks leading by three runs.

A double and a bunt single opened the second inning for the Gamecocks before the Rebels turned a double play on a grounder to second from Smoak, though the runner at third scored on the play to give the home team the 4-0 lead.

Overbeck opened the ninth with a home run, his 10th of the season, as he got the Rebels on the board and avoided the shut out.

Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday night when the Rebels host Murray State in a single game at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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