By From school reports
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A five-run sixth inning provided the difference Friday as No. 14 Mississippi State rallied past No. 8 Kentucky 8-4.
The Bulldogs captured the opening game of a three-game conference series, while winning their first true road contest of the season.
“We got some balls on the barrel,” MSUcoach John Cohen said. “We really wanted to extend their starting pitcher (A.J. Reed). He throws 106 pitches through five innings. I am proud of our guys.”
Sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren delivered another strong start for MSU (21-4, 2-2), pitching 41⁄3 innings, while allowing six hits and four runs (all earned), with six strikeouts and four walks.
Ross Mitchell (5-0) finished the contest in relief. Mitchell worked the final 42⁄3 innings, allowing five hits and no runs, with three strikeouts and no walks.
After Kentucky took a 4-2 lead into the sixth, MSU rallied with five runs on four runs, aided by three UK errors.
Wes Rea began things by reaching on a dropped fly ball. Brett Pirtle and Daryl Norris followed with back-to-back hits to load the bases.
After a strikeout, Adam Frazier reached on an infield error, which forced in a run. C.T. Bradford connected for a game-tying sacrifice fly. Another infield hit by Hunter Renfroe re-loaded the bases.
Mitch Slauter followed with a two-run single, with another run coming home as the ball was misplayed coming back to the infield.
In the ninth inning, MSU capped its scoring when Renfroe hit his seventh home run of the season. The right fielder has hit safely in 10 straight games and 22 of 25 games this season.
The series wraps up today with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. The opener will be broadcast on Fox Sports South.