OXFORD, Miss. – The Tiger Baseball team took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Ole Miss’ Zack Cozart came up with a three-run, walk-off homerun with one out in the final frame to give the Rebels a 7-5 victory Tuesday night at Oxford-University Stadium Swayze Field. The loss was Memphis’ first in 22 games in which it had taken the lead into the final frame.
The game-winning inning for Ole Miss came after Memphis posted a critical answer-back inning, with three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 5-4 lead. Cory Barton was hit by a pitch and K.K. Chalmers followed with a double down the leftfield line. Will Petersen lined a single up the middle to plate both runners and Kyle Norrid provided the go-ahead run with an RBI-single through the right side.
Ole Miss third baseman Chris Coughlin followed a pair of singles by pinch hitter Evan Button and leadoff man Justin Henry with a two-run triple to the left centerfield gap to give the Rebels a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning.
Memphis used the power of the home run to claim a 2-1 lead through five innings of play before the rains came down and forced a 55-minute delay. Joey Lieberman put the Tigers on the board first with a solo shot over the left centerfield wall. After a Rebel score in the third, Adam Amar launched his seventh round-tripper of the year to rightfield for the 2-1 score.
A Tiger fielding error in the sixth inning opened the door for Ole Miss to plate an unearned run, on a sacrifice fly by C.J. Ketchum, tying the game at 2-2.
Rebel closer Cody Satterwhite picked up his ninth win of the year after giving up a run on two hits in two innings.
Tiger freshman Matt Yokley took the loss. Starter Lance Scoggins was effective through five innings, but was forced out the contest when the game was delayed. He struck out two and allowed just two hits.
Chalmers and Lieberman were the lone Tigers to record multiple hits.
Memphis will prepare for its last homestand of the year—a three-game series against East Carolina, beginning Thurs. May 18. The Pirates and Tigers are in a three-way tie for third-place in the Conference USA standings. First pitch for Thursday’s series-opener is set for 6:30 p.m. Listen live to “The Voice of Tiger Baseball” Jeff Brightwell as he calls the play-by-play action on WUMR FM 91.7. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:15 p.m.