By Logan Lowery
PEARL – As a native of Gulfport, Mississippi State first baseman Wes Rea couldn’t help but smile holding the most valuable player trophy from Tuesday night’s Governor’s Cup.
Rea went 2-for-4 with a double, drove in two and scored one himself against Ole Miss in the Bulldogs 8-3 victory.
“It was pretty cool,” Rea said of being named MVP. “I live two and a half hours away and a lot of my friends and family are here and that always feels good. We scored eight runs tonight and I was just a part of three of them so a lot of it goes to the guys in the dugout.”
Rea returned to the lineup Tuesday after not playing in the final two games against Missouri over the weekend.
A Trustmark Park record 8,496 fans attended Tuesday’s night contest in the home of the Mississippi Braves.
The previous record was set during last year’s Governor’s Cup as 8,240 attended the 2013 contest.
“It was an incredible atmosphere out here tonight,” said MSU coach John Cohen. “I want to thank all the Bulldog fans for coming out and supporting us. I looked up 15 minutes before the game and thought it was going to be an okay crowd but it seemed like 5,000 people showed up at game time.”
The Diamond Dogs have won the last two Governor’s Cups and now hold a 5-3 lead in the annual game played each year since 2007.
The victory also gave MSU an 18-17 lead over the Rebels in the Governor’s Cup/ Mayor’s Trophy series.
Ole Miss third base coach Cliff Godwin spent Tuesday night on the recruiting trail after being ejected from Sunday’s 2-0 loss to LSU.
Former Ole Miss player turned volunteer assistant Stephen Head filled in for Godwin in the third base coaches box. It was a homecoming of sorts for Head, who is a native of Raymond and a former Hillcrest Christian standout in the Jackson area.
Head lettered for the Rebels from 2003-05 before being selected 62nd overall by the Cleveland Indians following his junior season in Oxford.