Rebels suffer first loss; Bulldogs split series

Errol Robinson scores in the fifth to give Ole Miss a lead it couldn't hold. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

Errol Robinson scores in the fifth to give Ole Miss a lead it couldn’t hold. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

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OXFORD – Ole Miss rallied for the lead twice on Sunday but the chance for a second consecutive weekend sweep slipped away as Georgia State won 6-4.

“It was tough on all the pitchers today,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “They are very good offensively, and it was just a tough day to pitch. They got a lot of good swings off today throughout the game.”

Georgia State out-hit the Rebels 14-8.

Freshman reliever Cheyne Bickel (0-1) took the loss for the Rebels, surrendering a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

Georgia State starter Matt Rose (1-0) picked up the win as he worked a complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Ole Miss fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, rallied for a 3-2 lead in the second and a 4-3 advantage in the fifth.

Chris Triplett, who earlier had an RBI triple, hit the go-ahead homer for the Panthers in the seventh. he finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs.

Ole Miss continues its 13-game homestand, playing Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Mississippi State falls

STARKVILLE – No. 4 Mississippi State fell to 4-4 on the year after splitting a four-game weekend series with Holy Cross.

The Crusaders used a four-run fourth inning to propel themselves to a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon, winning the final two games of the series.

Holy Cross plated four of its runs off Bulldog true freshmen pitchers Dakota Hudson and Vance Tatum. Hudson suffered the loss in his second career start giving up a run on five hits with a walk and a strikeout through three innings of work.

The Crusaders received a solid start from staff ace Donny Murray. The Boston College transfer tossed seven strong innings allowing a run on six hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Holy Cross collected 10 hits, led by Nick Lovullo, who went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs batted in. Evan Ocello was 2 for 4 with a double at the plate for the Crusaders (2-2).

MSU was limited to just six hits on the afternoon. Kyle Hann had the Diamond Dogs only extra base hit with a fifth-inning double.

State will host Mount St. Mary’s for a two-game midweek series starting Tuesday at 4 p.m.