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Ole Miss Rebels down No. 1 Kentucky 9-3 to even weekend series
Ole Miss Media Relations
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two-out hitting proved to be the difference for the Rebels on Saturday as No. 10 Ole Miss (21-9, 6-5 SEC) scored eight runs with two outs on the afternoon to defeat No. 1 Kentucky (29-3, 8-3 SEC) by a score of 9-3.
The loss snapped a 21-game home win streak for the Wildcats and evened the weekend series at a game each after Kentucky claimed the series opener 3-2 with an eighth-inning rally on Friday.
Mike Mayers (3-2) picked up the win in his first Saturday start, working 7.1 innings and allowing only three runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout. Mayers was originally slated to start on Sunday but moved into the starting role when the team got to the ballpark.
Senior right-hander R.J. Hively, who was slated to start Saturday’s game, is expected to start the Sunday contest.
“We had a lot of two-out hits and clutch hits today that we didn’t get last night,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “What broke the ice for us was (Andrew) Mistone came up with the double to open the fifth. Then we got the single from Blake and things just started going. Matt Snyder really broke things open for us.
“I was impressed with Mike (Mayers) today,” Bianco said. “He never flinched when we told him he was going to get the start today and as a coach, you have to feel good about that.”
The Rebels and Wildcats will play the final game of the series at noon CT on Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Mississippi State Bulldogs fall in 12-Inning battle to Vandy, 4-3
MSU Media Relations
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Extra-inning baseball games continue to not be a good thing for Mississippi State.
MSU suffered its fourth extra-inning defeat this season Saturday afternoon, falling to Vanderbilt 4-3 in a 12-inning Southeastern Conference affair Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs scored the game-tying run in the home half of the ninth inning. However, much like the 8-5, 11-inning defeat to Arkansas two weekends ago, the Bulldogs could not hold in extra frames, as the visiting Commodores plated the game-winner in the 12th inning.
Vanderbilt improved to 13-18 overall and 4-7 in league play, while MSU fell to 19-12 and 4-7 after the longest game ever played between the conference rivals.
“Offensively we were not good and that is my responsibility,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “By my count, we swung through five 3-1 pitches and did not make contact on 3-1 fastballs. We are trying to put pressure on our opponent. If it is a ball, you need to take it. If it is a strike, you have to find a way to put it in play.”
A quartet of Vanderbilt pitches held MSU to five total hits. The Bulldogs did not score until plating two runs in the seventh inning. That frame started with three straight walks from Commodore pitching.
The series concludes with a 1:30 p.m. Easter Sunday rubber game at Dudy Noble Field.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles sweep Alcorn State with 17-3 victory on Saturday
USM Media Relations
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Jake Drehoff threw eight strong innings and the Golden Eagles tied a season-high for runs in a 17-3 baseball victory over Alcorn State here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field to complete a three-game sweep of the Braves.
The Golden Eagles (19-12) swept their first three-game series against an opponent this season.
Drehoff fanned a season-high eight batters and allowed just a three-run homer in the eighth to Eduardo Gonzalez, which was his fifth of the campaign. The redshirt freshman southpaw allowed a total of six hits and a walk to garner the victory to improve to 5-0 on the campaign.
Mason Robbins led the way for the Golden Eagles offensively with three hits and drove in three runs, while Ashley Graeter added a couple of hits and two RBI. Isaac Rodriguez also added a pair of runs driven in.
The Golden Eagles took advantage of 11 Alcorn State walks and five hit batsmen as they scored seven times by either with a free pass or by being hit in the contest.
Mundo Sanchez (2-4) suffered the loss for the Braves (7-25) as he allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings.
The Golden Eagles then tagged the visiting bullpen for 13 runs, scoring six times in the seventh and seven more times in the eighth, to pull away in the victory.
Golden Eagle redshirt freshman Michael Sterling got hit three more times in the contest to increase his total to 19 this season as he was hit a total of seven times in the series. It was the second time this season he has been hit three times in a contest.
Southern Miss returns to action when they travel to Metairie, La., for a Wednesday, Apr. 11 date with LSU in a 7 p.m., contest.