MSU Drops SEC Finale At Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Mississippi State’s Austin Sexton threw a gem but could not come away with a victory Saturday night. Ole Miss scored five times in the ninth inning and followed that up with a Nic Perkins’ RBI-single in the 10th inning to pull off a stunning 8-7 victory in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Swayze Field.

Ole Miss won all three games played over the weekend and all four meetings in the season series for the first time since 2010. With the win, Ole Miss improved to 28-24 and 14-13 in league play, while MSU fell to 24-27 and 8-19.

At the completion of its game Saturday night, MSU stood one game out of the 12th and final spot in the SEC Tournament standings.

“These are the types of games that we used to win as well as anybody in the nation, like 98 percent of the time,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “We have to find a way to get back to doing that. Right now, these kids have a hard time putting this type of game away.”

Sexton threw 121 pitches and left after one-out walk put two Rebels on base in the home half of the ninth inning. Sexton allowed six hits and four runs (all earned), with five strikeouts and three walks. In relief, Zac Houston gave up a hit, walked two and hit another while only getting one out.

Dakota Hudson (1-1) got a strikeout to end the ninth inning but was touched for two hits in the 10th inning.

MSU built an early 2-0 lead with an RBI-double from Luke Reynolds in the first inning and an RBI-double by Matthew Britton in the second inning.

Reid Humphreys and John Holland kickstarted a three-run fourth inning for a 5-0 lead with back-to-back singles. Ground ball outs brought two runs home, while an RBI-single from Collins plated the other.

Ole Miss got on the scoreboard with solo home runs by Sikes Orvis in both the fourth and sixth innings.

The Bulldogs then plated what appeared to be two critical insurance runs in the ninth inning. Michael Smith had an RBI-triple and Holland had an RBI-single.

“Our lineup is really doing its job,” Cohen said. “Seventeen runs on 29 hits in the last two games is good production. We have defended it over the long haul as well as anyone. We just haven’t been able to segment the pitching and the hitting.”

Three walks and a hit batsman opened the door for Ole Miss in the ninth inning. The Rebels tied the contest on a two-run single by Colby Bortles.

MSU finished with 14 hits, including three-hit nights by Collins and Holland. Britton, Reynolds and Humphreys each had multiple hits.

Ole Miss finished with nine hits. Orvis had four hits, while Errol Robinson capped his strong weekend with two hits. Wyatt Short (4-1) pitched the 10th inning to earn the win in relief.

MSU will close its regular season with a three-game conference series at Tennessee. The Bulldogs and Volunteers are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. CT Thursday (SEC Network +), 5 p.m. CT Friday (SEC Network +) and noon CT Saturday (SEC Network).

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