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Recapping MSU’s 7-1 win over Tennessee at Dudy Noble Field on Friday night.
• The buzz: The Bulldogs (23-16, 7-10) captured their second SEC series of the season, using some big boy ball and Kendall Graveman’s stellar pitching effort to take Game 2. Wes Rea and Adam Frazier did most of the damage, accounting for three of MSU’s four extra-base hits, but State got contributions from throughout its lineup, and there were several hard-hit balls that found fielders. Tennessee is 22-17, 7-10.
• Big inning: It was 1-1 when MSU scored three times in the fourth. C.T. Bradford led off with a double, and then Rea stroked a one-out double off the third baseman’s glove. Matthew Britton walked, Sam Frost moved the runners over on a groundout, and Frazier delivered a two-run triple down the right field line for a 4-1 lead.
• Key stats: Tennessee only got four balls out of the infield. … For the second straight night, MSU committed no errors. … MSU was 4 of 11 with runners in scoring position.
• Bottom line: This series could be a turning point for MSU, and the offensive outburst was encouraging. Through two games, MSU’s pitchers have allowed just two runs in 20 innings, and only three pitchers have actually worked. That means John Cohen has tons of options today as State goes for the sweep.
• Quotable: “We won the Vandy series, too, winning on Sunday, and we thought that was going to catapult us, and then we went and got swept last week. We’ve got to finish it tomorrow and worry about the rest of the season later.” – Frazier
Rebels, Razorbacks suspended in fourth; resume at 2 p.m. Saturday
Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD, Miss. – With the Rebels leading 6-1 in the fourth inning, inclement weather settled in and forced the suspension of Friday night’s series opener between No. 22 Ole Miss (25-12, 7-8 SEC) and No. 15 Arkansas (27-10, 8-7 SEC).
Friday night’s game will be continued at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field with the regularly scheduled game set to begin shortly following the conclusion of the continued game.
Fans can gain admission to both games on Saturday by using the Saturday ticket.
Ole Miss got off to a quick start in Friday night’s game, using a two-run home run from Matt Snyder in the first inning to get on the board. Alex Yarbrough scored on the play after reaching on a fielding error at third base before scoring on the Snyder hit.
Arkansas cut into the lead with a lead-off home run from Sam Bates in the second inning, but Rebel starter Bobby Wahl struck out the next three batters to end the inning.
Ole Miss added three more runs in the bottom half of the second. A walk of Auston Bousfield and a single from Andrew Mistone put men at the corners before Tanner Mathis singled up the middle to bring the first run home. Yarbrough then came up with a two-out double to drive in both Mistone and Mathis and the Rebels held a 5-1 lead after two innings.
An RBI single from Zach Kirksey in the third inning put Ole Miss on top 6-1 before the rain would come in the fourth inning and force the suspension of the game.
Ole Miss had six runs on six hits, while Arkansas had one run on four hits with an error with two outs in the fourth.
Read more in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.