Cozart Drills Walk Off Home Run To Snatch 7-5 Win Over Memphis
May 16, 2006
For the second game in a row a Rebel batter came up with a clutch walk-off hit to win a game, as Zack Cozart drilled a 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to propel No. 18 Ole Miss (34-19, 15-12 SEC) to a 7-5 win over Memphis (27-26).
The home run, Cozart's ninth of the season, came with one out on the board and runners at the corners and the Rebels down by a run at 5-4. Cozart took a fastball on a 2-0 count and sent it 365 feet over the wall in left field to drive in the game winning runs for the Rebels.
Cozart went 2-for-5 on the night with three RBI and a run scored, while Chris Coghlan went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Justin Henry also scored two runs on the night and notched a sac fly in his 2-for-4 performance.
Cody Satterwhite (9-2) picked up his fifth win in relief in his last six appearances. Satterwhite allowed only one run on two hits as he walked none and struck out three. Craig Rodriguez worked 4.0 innings in the start and was replaced by Stoney Stone who turned in 3.0 innings of work.
"I'm proud of how we played tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "I didn't think we played that poorly, Memphis just played a good game. Stoney was tremendous for three innings and Cody Satterwhite came in and was just unlucky. We started poorly offensively, but picked it up toward the end."
"Zack Cozart is good, but when he gets in a hitters count, he's even better," Bianco said.
Matt Yokley (1-3) suffered the loss in relief as he gave up three runs on three hits while walking none and striking out two. Yokely entered the game with one out on the board in the eighth. Yokley gave up back-to-back singles to Justin Henry and Chris Coghlan before the home run from Cozart.
Memphis scored first, putting up a run in the second inning on a solo home run from Joey Lieberman before a second run came in the fourth inning on another solo shot from Adam Amar.
Ole Miss put its first run on the board in the third when Logan Power scored on a sacrifice fly from Henry. The Rebels added a second run in the sixth inning when Coghlan scored on a sacrifice fly from C.J. Ketchum.
A two-run seventh inning pput Ole miss in the lead as a Coghlan triple scored Evan Button from second and Henry from first. With two outs on the board, Button entered the game as a pinch hitter, ripping a single up the middle to spark the rally. He then moved to second when Henry laced a shot to the pitcher that clipped his glove and ricocheted back to the left side between short and third. Coghlan then nailed his triple to the wall in left center to give Ole Miss the lead.
Three runs in the top of the eighth put Memphis back in the lead as the Tigers got two runners on when Cory Barton was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double from K.K. Chalmers. Satterwhite then entered the game, replacing Stone. Will Peterson singled deep to center field to score both base runners, tying the game as Peterson moved to second on a throw home from center. Peterson moved to third on a ground out to second and crossed the plate on a single from Kyle Norrid, giving the Tigers a 6-5 lead.
Ole Miss then held the Tigers scoreless in the ninth before Cozart's walk-off shot would give Ole Miss the win.
The Rebels will return to action on Thursday, taking on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the final series of the regular season for both teams. Thursday's game is set for a 6:30 p.m. start time at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.
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