Rebels rally, win in 10th

Daily Journal reports

OXFORD -With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Sean Stuyverson hit his fourth home run of the season to propel No. 18 Ole Miss (21-11) to a 6-5 win over South Alabama (18-14) on Tuesday night.

Ole Miss and South Alabama will face off again here today with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

The Rebels fell behind early, but chipped away at the lead and tied the game at five in the ninth before claiming the win on the Stuyverson homer.

Stuyverson was one of four Rebels to record multiple hits on the night as he went 2-for-5 at the plate. Each starter notched a hit on the night as Ole Miss posted 13 hits in the game.

Scott Bittle (3-1) picked up the win as he entered the game in the 10th and held the Jaguars in check before the Rebel rally. Bittle relieved Rory McKean who had pitched 3.1 scoreless innings prior to Bittle’s entry as the two pitchers allowed Ole Miss the chance to rally.

Blake Bryan (0-1) took the loss as he entered the game in the 10th and recorded an out before giving up the home run to Stuyverson.

“The confidence we’re playing with right now was reflected in our ability to rally tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “That’s the difference in this team the last couple of weeks. You could see the energy and the swings were still there. When you have that, you’re going to keep chipping away and that’s what we did tonight.”

Ole Miss tied the game in the ninth as Ferguson crossed the plate on a single through the left side from Logan Power.

Ole Miss scored first inning as Fuller Smith scored on a single up the middle from Michael Guerrero. Fuller Smith singled to open the frame before moving to third on a single from Matt Smith and scoring on the single from Guerrero.

South Alabama answered in the third, pushing five runs across with two outs on the board. With runners at first and second, Clint Toomey singled to right field, driving in Overstreet from second. Kruml scored on the play as well as the throw from right to the play was up the line and the ball flew from the glove of Basham as he attempted the tag on Overstreet. Toomey moved to third on the play. A Doss single scored Toomey from third before a home run from Jernigan pushed the Jaguars out to a 5-1 lead.

Fuller Smith opened the bottom half of the third with a solo shot to right center, cutting the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Jaguars.

Ole Miss continued to chip away at the lead in the fourth inning as Sean Stuyverson stole home to cut the lead to 5-3 on a double steal attempt. Stuyverson singled up the middle before moving to third on a single through the right side from Brett Basham.

The Rebels pulled within one in the sixth inning when Zach Miller scored from first on a double to the wall in right center from Tim Ferguson. Miller singled to open the inning.

Ole Miss tied the game in the ninth as Ferguson crossed the plate on a single through the left side from Logan Power. Ferguson walked to open the inning before moving to second on a sac bunt from Fuller Smith. The Rebels got runners to second and third later in the inning, but were unable to push a run across as the game went into extra innings.

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