By School reports
PEARL – With a runner on second and the tying run at the plate, Matt Tracy struck out three Bulldog batters to pick up his first save as No. 11 Ole Miss (20-6) defeated Mississippi State (14-11) by a score of 5-3 to win the Governor’s Cup for a second straight season.
David Goforth (1-1) picked up the win in his first career start, working a career-long 5.2 innings and holding Mississippi State to two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. The two runs came on a home run from Bulldog first baseman Connor Powers in the sixth inning.
Matt Tracy then picked up his first save with his performance in the ninth as he retired all three batters faced in order – all by strikeout.
The Bulldogs trailed 4-0 before scoring twice in the sixth inning. After a leadoff single by Sam Frost, Connor Powers later hit a massive two-run home run over the extended wall in dead center field. The round tripper was the 47th of Powers’ career – tying him for fifth all-time at MSU with Tracy Echols.
Ironically, it was also the first home run in four Governor’s Cup matchups for either team.
C.C. Watson (2-1) suffered the loss for Mississippi State as he allowed three runs – one earned – on four hits in 2.1 innings of work. He walked two and struck out one.