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Ole Miss 10, Auburn 7
AUBURN, Ala. – For the third time in three outings, freshman right-hander Bobby Wahl entered with the game on the line and closed things out for the Rebels as Ole Miss (24-16, 9-8 SEC) defeated Auburn (21-17, 8-9 SEC) on Friday night by a score of 10-7.
The win evened the weekend series at a game each heading into Saturday’s series finale at noon on CSS.
David Goforth (3-5) picked up his second straight win as he worked 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Wahl picked up his third save of the season, holding Auburn off the board in the final 1.2 innings with one walk and four strikeouts after entering the game with two outs and a man on first in the eighth.
“Bobby was certainly clutch for us tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We saw it last weekend and it was more of the same stuff from him tonight. (Coming into the game) on the road in the SEC with people on base; he did a terrific job.
“Matt Snyder looked good tonight. It’s hard to be the team we want to be without him playing well. It was nice to see him do what he did tonight.”
South Carolina 8, Miss. State 2
STARKVILLE – Second ranked South Carolina scored in six of nine innings with Christian Walker going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and Peter Mooney, Evan Marzilli and Robert Beary driving in two runs apiece as the Gamecocks defeated Mississippi State 8-2 on Friday evening in game one of a three-game SEC baseball series at Dudy Noble Field. Carolina is 30-7 and 13-3 in the SEC while the loss drops Mississippi State to 23-15 and 6-10 in league play.
Junior left-hander Michael Roth worked 6.1 innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks to pick up the win. He is now 9-1 on the year. MSU starter Chris Stratton suffered the loss and is now 4-5 on the year. He allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
South Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with an unearned run against Stratton. Christian Walker singled to right field with two outs and Brady Thomas reached base on catcher’s interference called on MSU backstop Wes Thigpen. On a 1-2 pitch, Adrian Morales drilled a RBI double down the right field line to score Walker and give the Gamecocks a one-run lead. MSU responded in the bottom of the first with an unearned run of its own. C.T. Bradford led off with a walk, reached second on a passed ball and scored on Jarrod Parks’ one-out RBI single to left-center.
Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. CT on Saturday and will be televised live on SportSouth.