By From school reports
MOBILE, Ala. – Mississippi State scored 10 times in the seventh inning as the Bulldogs rallied past South Alabama 15-9 in a non-conference college baseball game played Tuesday night at Stanky Field.
The Bulldogs improved to 18-5 in non-conference games for the 2011 campaign, while moving to 26-18 overall. South Alabama fell to 22-22.
The 26th victory marks the most in the John Cohen’s three seasons as MSU coach.
MSU trailed 9-5 before sending 14 batters to the plate in the 10-run seventh inning. It was MSU’s second biggest inning of the season, trailing only a 13-run first at-bat in a 17-2 win over Lamar earlier this season. The Bulldogs have scored eight or more runs in four different frames this year.
The Bulldogs finished with 17 hits. Nick Vickerson, Jaron Shepherd, Brent Brownlee and Adam Frazier each had three hits apiece. Brownlee had a career-high five RBIs, including a two-run double and two-run triple in the decisive seventh inning. Also for MSU, Jarrod Parks extended his hit streak to 17 games.
MSU sprinted to a 4-1 advantage with back-to-back two-run innings in the second and third innings. South Alabama answered right back, grabbing a 5-4 lead with four scores in the home half of the third inning.
The Bulldogs evened the game at 5-5 on a sacrifice-fly by Brownlee in the top of the fifth inning. The tie was short-lived as the Jaguars appeared to seize the momentum with four scores in the home half of the sixth inning.
Daryl Norris (2-0) worked the final 31/3 innings to earn the win for the Bulldogs. Norris allowed two hits and no runs, with three strikeouts and a walk.
For MSU, Andrew Busby drew the start but was lifted after back-to-back one-out hits in the USA second inning.
The Jaguars finished with 13 hits. Center fielder Taylor White had five hits for USA. Jordan Patterson finished with a team-high three RBIs.
MSU returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series at Tennessee.