After the Commodores took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo home run off Cody Satterwhite by first batter David Macias, the Rebels came back in the bottom of the second with a two-out, two-run homer to left from Cody Overbeck after Jordan Henry had singled.
But Satterwhite left the game in the second due to illness. The score was still 2-1 but the Commodores had runners on first and third with one out. Rory McKean replaced Satterwhite and got Shea Robin to reach on a fielder's choice which scored Dominic de la Osa who had reached on a base hit. After a hit by Jonathan White, McKean got Macias to pop up to third.
But the top of the third inning is where things went awry for the Rebels, now 36-23. On what appeared to be a routine grounder to shortstop Tim Ferguson, the freshman threw high to Matt Smith at first and the door was opened.
Before the frame was through, McKean was chased and Justin Cryer came in. The Commodores left with a 7-2 lead and more than they would need to win.
"When my name was called it was to eat up innings," Cryer said, who went seven innings allowing no runs and just two hits with three strikeouts and no walks. "Do the best I could and give our team a chance to win."
He certainly did that.
Vandy's pitch corps also did well. Ole Miss got two runs in the fourth when Ferguson tripled to score two runs after Michael Guerrero had singled and Zach Miller had been hit by a pitch. But the Rebels woudn't get another hit the entire game.
The Rebels left the bases loaded in the fifth and got the first two men on in the eighth. Neither time could they scratch.
On the day Ole Miss stranded eight and Vandy five.
Vandy, 40-19, outhit the Rebels nine to five.
"We just didn't get off to a good start," Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco said. "Justin (Cryer) was tremendous today. And with Cody (Satterwhite) being sick, we thought he could go but he couldn't."
Still Bianco said the Rebels could have won.
"We had opportunities throughout the game but couldn't get the hits," he said.
Rebs-Vandy meet again later today
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