BASEBALL FINAL: No. 21 MSU 7, Ole Miss 6 (Game 3)

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Recapping No. 21 MSU’s 7-6 win over Ole Miss at Swayze Field on Sunday.

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• The buzz: Mississippi State (37-15, 14-13 SEC) pulled off its biggest comeback of the year, rallying from 6-0 down to avoid the sweep and remain tied in the SEC standings with Ole Miss (35-17, 14-13). MSU got to ace Bobby Wahl in the sixth and then exploded against the bullpen for two innings.

• Big inning: MSU scored five times in the sixth, loading the bases before Wahl got pulled. Nick Ammirati and Demarcus Henderson had back-to-back RBI singles, then Adam Frazier smashed a two-run double to right field. An Alex Detz sac fly made it 6-5. MSU took the lead in the seventh on Frazier’s two-out, two-run single to right.

• Key stats: Ole Miss pitchers issued seven walks, MSU pitchers three. … MSU committed two errors, leading to three unearned runs in the third inning. … Ole Miss made one error.

• MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs banged out 11 hits. … Frazier was 3 of 4 with four RBIs. … C.T. Bradford was 3 of 4 and scored twice. … Wes Rea had two hits, including a double.

• Ole Miss at the plate: The Rebels had five hits, all singles. … Preston Overbey had two RBIs.

• MSU on the mound: Starter Jacob Lindgren lasted only an inning, giving up three runs (all earned) on two hits with a strikeout and two walks. … Closer Jonathan Holder got an early call in the second and tossed two innings. He gave up three unearned runs on one hit, with two Ks and a walk. … After Chad Girodo threw one shutout frame, Ben Bracewell (1-1) hurled five shutout innings. He allowed one hit and retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced, including the last 10. Bracewell fanned three and walked none.

• Ole Miss on the mound: Wahl didn’t have his best stuff but kept MSU off the board through five innings. He wound up tossing 5 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs (all earned) on four hits with six Ks and five walks. It was the most earned runs he’s allowed in SEC play this year. … Jeremy Massie gave up two runs on three hits and recorded no outs. … Scott Weathersby (0-2) allowed two runs on two hits in two-third of an inning. … Two other relievers saw work.

• Quotable: “I’m not a historian, I don’t know about the entire history of this series, but that’s got to be one of the all-time great gut-check comebacks.” – MSU coach John Cohen

• Bottom line: This win kept MSU tied with Ole Miss in the standings – third in the Western Division, fifth overall. And it kept hope alive for hosting an NCAA regional.

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