PEARL – After taking a commanding 10-1 lead, Southern Miss had to hold of a furious late-inning Mississippi State rally for a 10-7 victory Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
MSU tries to get back on the winning track today against UAB at home at 6:30 p.m.
For Southern Miss, Fulton’s Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 17 games – 19 games over two seasons – with a 1-for-3 performance. He scored two runs after starting his 113th straight game at shortstop.
The Bulldogs trailed 10-1 before scoring once in the seventh inning, three times in the eighth inning and twice more in the ninth. MSU also left the bases loaded in their final at-bat.
The Golden Eagles chased MSU starter Ricky Bowen during a four-run first inning.
The lead then grew to 10-1 with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. A two-run single by Corey Stevens was the big blow in the fourth inning, while Josh Fields swung hit a three-run home run – his first of the season – in the fifth.
The Bulldogs’ ninth-inning rally started when USM reliever Collin Cargill walked the bases loaded. Wade Weathers then entered in relief and was touched for an RBI infield hit by Ryan Duffy. Weathers allowed a sacrifice fly to Freeman and hit Nick Hardy to reload the bases before closing out the game
The teams combined to use 12 pitchers.
No. 12 Ole Miss 7, Arkansas State 1: Brett Bukvich (3-0) yielded only one unearned run on two hits in five innings.
He struck out seven and walked only three.
Kevin Mort led the Rebels (12-4) at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored while Tim Ferguson also went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Ferguson stole four bases for the Rebels, which had six steals against the Red Wolves (7-10).
Ole Miss hosts Memphis at 6:30 tonight.