MSU 12, Kentucky 3

A two-home run day by Kentucky native Brad Corley helped Mississippi State defeat Kentucky, 12-3, Sunday afternoon in Lexington, Kentucky. With the win, the Bulldogs won the final two games of the three-game SEC series against the Wildcats to earn their first SEC series win of the season.

"To be able to come back on the road to win two games against a team that went to Auburn and beat them two out of three was encouraging," said MSU coach Ron Polk. "We had a good week on the road."

Corley, a sophomore outfielder, belted his 9th and 10th home runs of the year. For the three-game series, he was 8-for-13 with five home runs.

The Bulldogs jumped on Wildcat starting pitcher Craig Snipp early with a six-run second inning. Corley hit his first home run of the day to start the inning off. Brad Jones doubled. A walk to Thomas Berkery and a single by Tyler Scarbrough loaded the bases for Joseph Hunter. Hunter was hit by a pitch, forcing in the second run of the inning. A single by Tyler Jones and a double by Jeffrey Rea knocked in three more runs. A Steve Gendron sacrifice fly knocked in the final run of the inning.

Mississippi State increased their lead to 9-0 with a single run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.

Thanks to three Bulldog errors in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kentucky scored three runs.

The Bulldogs added two runs in the sixth and a final run in the ninth for the final score of the game.

"I think it was important when we scored two runs (in the sixth), especially in this ball park," said Polk.

Including Corley's 3-for-5 day, MSU had four hitters with multiple-hit days, Jeffrey Rea (2-for-4), Steve Gendron (2-for-4) and Brad Jones (2-for-5).

"I thought we swung the bats very well," said Polk. "We didn't strike out very much and put the ball in play. It was a great offensive weekend for us."

Lacher, with his three-run (1 earned), five-hit complete game performance, improved his record to 3-4.

"I think Jeff was ahead in most counts," said Polk. "That was a key for him."

Mississippi State faces their in-state rival, Ole Miss, in the Mayor's Trophy Game Tuesday night in Jackson. Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m.

"We have an army of pitchers available (for the Ole Miss game)," said Polk. "We are leaning toward (starting) Todd Doolittle or Brooks Dunn on Tuesday. They have seven lefthanders in their lineup, four left and three switch hitters. I think, in most cases, their switch hitters are a little more productive from the left side."

MSU 14, Kentucky 3
MSU (21-11, 5-7 SEC) 060 122 001 - 12 14 4
UK (16-15, 3-9 SEC) 000 030 000 - 3 5 1
WP - Lacher (3-4). LP - C. Snipp (1-5). HR - Corley 2 (10). Time - 2:28. Att. - 221.


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