May 11, 2008
OXFORD, Miss. -
The Ole Miss pitching duo of Cody Satterwhite and Scott Bittle limited Auburn to just two runs on four hits and five walks and used a three-run bottom of the seventh to break open a tie game as Auburn fell at Ole Miss, 5-2, in Sunday afternoon's rubber game of the three game series.
Joseph Sanders' (1-for-4, HR) second home run of the weekend and fourth of the year gave Auburn a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring Trent Mummey (0-for-3, BB) who had led off the inning with a walk. The homer extended Sanders' hitting streak to 16 games, one shy of Matt Hall's team-best 17-game streak earlier in the year.
The game stayed that way for the next four innings as Luke Greinke (4-4) walked the second batter he faced before retiring the next 11. Ole Miss first baseman Matt Smith (1-for-4, HR) broke up the shutout and brief no-hitter with a first-pitch home run to center to lead off the bottom of the fifth. The inning could have been much bigger for Ole Miss but Greinke fanned Sean Stuyverson (0-for-2), who was missed on a bunt attempt and then Ryan Jenkins picked off Michael Guerrero (1-for-2) leading off second for the strike-em-out, throw-em-out double-play. Greinke then picked off Zach Miller (2-for-3) from second to end the inning.
"Luke was very good. He did an outstanding job and it is good to see him have back-to-back good outings," Auburn Head Coach Tom Slater said. "We had our opportunities, putting two up in the first and then getting the leadoff guy on in the fourth, fifth and sixth, but we didn't capitalize on those opportunites."
Ole Miss eventually tied the game at 2-2 off of Greinke in the sixth as Jordan Henry (1-for-3,R) led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on Fuller Smith's (1-for-2, R) successful sac bunt and scored on Logan Power's (1-for-4, RBI) chopper single over the head of David Cunningham at third.
Ole Miss took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases off of Greinke before Brett Basham's (1-for-2, RBI) sacrifice fly gave the Rebels a 3-2 lead and knocked out Greinke. Evan Crawford relieved Greinke with runners on first and second and one down and committed two balks, walked a batter and allowed a run-scoring single to make it 5-2 without recording an out.
Scott Bittle (5-1) earned the win for Ole Miss, scattering two hits and a walk over 4.0 innings, striking out seven to earn the win in relief.
"Bittle is as good as we have seen. He broke our hitters down. His split finger was outstanding, his slider was outstanding and his numbers speak for themselves," Slater said.
Cody Satterwhite went 5.0 innings in the start, allowing two hits and four walks, striking out three but left with Ole Miss trailing 2-1 in the sixth.
The loss dropped Auburn to 27-25, 11-16 SEC while Ole Miss is now 33-20, 14-13 SEC.
Auburn will play its final regular-season road game on Tuesday when it travels to Mercer for a 6pm ET game on Tuesday night.