STARKVILLE – Mississippi State held a 4-3 lead over Memphis heading into the top of the ninth and turned things over to All-American closer Jonathan Holder.
But things did not go as planned.
Holder quickly got a popout and a strikeout to start the frame but the ball got past the catcher on the strikeout allowing a Tiger to reach base. Memphis quickly capitalized, not only plating the tying run but adding two more as well for a 6-4 win, shocking the fourth-ranked Bulldogs in front of 8,032 at Dudy Noble Field.
Both teams finished with seven hits apiece but it was the Bulldogs’ three errors that yielded three unearned runs for Memphis. MSU also left 12 runners on base falling to 2-2 on the year.
The Diamond Dogs stranded six runners in scoring position through the first five innings and trailed 1-0. But the Bulldogs were finally able to put together a big inning in their sixth at bat plating four runs.
Cody Brown had a two-run single, Wes Rea had a RBI double and Alex Detz chipped in a run-scoring single in the sixth for MSU.
The Tigers (4-0) added two runs in the seventh, one via an error to pull within one to set the stage for the ninth inning rally.
Jacob Moody picked up the win tossing a scoreless inning of relief while giving up a hit. Bryce Beeler closed things out for the Tigers earning his third save.
Holder took the loss for Mississippi State surrendering two earned runs on two hits and one strikeout.
Kane Barrow paced Memphis at the plate going 3 for 4 with a double. Detz went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles and an RBI for the Bulldogs.
Diamond Dog starter Ben Bracewell set career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts going six innings allowing no earned runs on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
State continues its homestand with a four-game weekend series with Holy Cross starting Friday at 4 p.m.
Ole Miss 6, Tennessee-Martin 0: Jacob Waguespack gave up two hits and struck out two in four innings and the Rebels scored on seven hits to remain unbeaten.
Dalton Dulin, Braxton Lee, Auston Bousfield and Will Allen each drove in a run in a 4-run eighth inning after the Rebels had scored two earlier runs on a wild pitch and a balk with the bases loaded in the third and seventh inning, respectively.
“It’s nice to win, but at this point we didn’t play very well,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “We certainly didn’t play anywhere close to the way we did this past weekend. We looked a little nervous. One of the things we worried about at the beginning of the season, and we challenged the guys about, was to not play like we did tonight.”