By NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – A Ryan Duffy grand slam highlighted a seven-run fourth inning as Mississippi State blew past Rhode Island 12-6 in a college baseball game played Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs completed a season-opening sweep of the Rams by rallying from an early 3-0 deficit. For MSU, it was its first three-game series sweep since taking all the games from Auburn in May of 2007.
“You just want to survive in the beginning of the season,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Winning like this proves our ability to compete. I like our will and our want to win.”
The Bulldogs continued their up-and-down defensive play. After playing errorless ball in Saturday’s 9-0 win, MSU made three miscues on Sunday after making five Friday.
Offensively, the Bulldogs collected 11 hits, giving them 35 for the weekend.
Starting pitcher Tyler Whitney allowed six hits and five runs and was chased in the fifth.
Corey Collins (1-0) threw three innings of one-hit ball in relief to get his first win.
Jonathan Ogden paced MSU with three hits.
Ole Miss 13, La. Monroe 2
– OXFORD – David Phillips belted his third home run in as many games to help No. 17 Ole Miss (2-1) to a series win over Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) with a 13-2 victory.
Phillips, a senior who hit two home runs in 51 games last season, was 2-for-3 on the afternoon with two runs scored and two RBI. He also drew a walk to pace a 14-hit Rebels attack.
Zach Miller also had a solid outing, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, two RBI, a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Trent Rothlin (1-0) picked up the win in his debut for the Rebels, working six innings and allowing only one run on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
“Today was a good finish to the weekend,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. “We struggled a little offensively early on, but David Phillips had a tremendous weekend and added to it today with his home run and all the RBIs.”