By From school reports
What looked like it might be a pitching duel early changed quickly with a pair of big middle innings as No. 14 Ole Miss (35-18) fell to Southern Miss (27-23) on Tuesday night by a score of 10-3.
The Golden Eagles got four run innings in the fourth and the sixth to take the lead and the Rebels were unable to mount a rally.
Ole Miss moves on to a three-game series against LSU, with Friday’s 6:30 p.m. opener to be broadcast on ESPNU.
Jacob Waguespack (0-1) took the loss in his first collegiate start, allowing two runs on four hits through 3 innings of work. The Rebels used four more pitchers on the night, all of whom surrendered two runs each in the loss.
A.J. Glasshof (1-2) picked up the win, working 6 scoreless innings and holding the Rebels to four hits with a walk and a strikeout.
“There’s not much that can be said after a performance like that,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco.
“We had a few opportunities early, but we didn’t capitalize on them. When that happens, you have to come back out and grind it out and hold the other team down. We didn’t do that tonight in any phase of the game.”
Ole Miss loaded the bases in the second inning, but the Golden Eagles got the fly out to end the Rebels scoring threat.
Southern converted on its first scoring opportunity in the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles opened the frame and put two men in scoring position. The Rebels then turned to the bullpen for left-hander Austin Blunt to try to minimize the inning.
A sacrifice fly from Mason Robbins put the Golden Eagles on the board. Blunt struck out the next batter to put two away before a balk and a double down the right field line brought a second run home. Blake Brown then hit a two-run shot to left field to give the Golden Eagles the 4-0 lead.
Ole Miss got a man in scoring position again in the fifth, but a double play ended the scoring threat.
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Southern Miss built on the lead in the sixth inning with a two-out rally. With two men on, Austin Roussel hit ball to the gap at first. Sikes Orvis dove for the ball and made the stop, but the runner beat defenders to the bag safely in a close play and the lead runner on second came home to score. A walk loaded the bases and Ole Miss turned to the bullpen for the second time in the inning, calling on right-hander Josh Laxer.
The first pitch from the right-hander was wild, allowing all runners to advance as the Golden Eagles moved out to the 6-0 lead. A two-RBI single up the middle from Creel in the next at bat took the lead out to eight runs before Ole Miss would get the final out.
Ole Miss will return to action on Thursday with the first game of a three-game series at No. 2 LSU. The opener will start at 6:30 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.
Mississippi State 3, Oral Roberts 2: The Bulldogs were able to get some mound time for five hurlers, including Daryl Norris, who pitched in a game for the first time since the 2011 Super Regional at Florida. Trevor Fitts started and gave way to Chad Girodo in the fourth inning.
Girodo (5-1) threw 21⁄3 innings of shutout relief to garner the win. Norris faced six batters in 11⁄3 innings of work, before giving way to C.T. Bradford. Jonathan Holder got the final out of the eighth inning and struck the side out in the ninth inning for his 14th save, a new single season record.
The Bulldogs finish the non-conference portion of its schedule at 24-2. They host their final series of the season this weekend against South Carolina, with Game 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
MSU built a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Back-to-back singles by Adam Frazier and Alex Detz got things going. A sacrifice fly by Brett Pirtle scored the Bulldogs’ first run. Jacob Robson and Frazier later added RBI singles.