MSU Drops SEC Opener To Rebels

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State had a tough time on the baseball diamond Friday afternoon, falling 15-6 to in-state rival Mississippi in the opening Southeastern Conference baseball game for both teams at Dudy Noble Field.

With the victory, the fifth-ranked Rebels improved to 12-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Meanwhile, MSU fell to 7-8 and 0-1.

Ole Miss struck quickly Friday, bolting to a 10-0 advantage, thanks to two runs in the first inning, six runs in the second inning and two runs in the third inning. Things then were calm before Ole Miss struck for five more scores in the seventh inning for a 15-0 advantage.

In the first inning, Jordan Henry drew a leadoff walk for the Rebels, and Zach Miller followed with a double to left center field, scoring Henry. After a strikeout, Miller took third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Guerrero.

An inning later, a one-out walk to Kyle Mills started the Ole Miss uprising. Sean Stuyverson followed with a single through through the left side. An RBI double by Brett Basham, scored Mills. Jordan Henry followed with an RBI single, scoring Stuyverson. A balk call scored Basham. Miller then drew a walk. Michael Guerrero doubled to the right field wall, scoring Miller and Henry. A Logan Power RBI single, scored Guerrero, to cap the monster inning.

In the third inning, Mills connected for a leadoff single and came home on a two-run home run by Stuyverson - the second round-tripper for the UM shortstop.

The Rebels collected five hits in the seventh inning. Basham started things with a one-out single. Henry then singled Basham to third base. Tim Ferguson connected for an RBI single, scoring Basham. Cody Overbeck laced an RBI single, scoring Henry. A sacrifice fly by Guerrero scored Ferguson. Logan Power closed the Ole Miss scoring with his fifth home run - a two-run shot to left center field.

The Bulldogs finally broke through with a couple of runs in the seventh inning. Jeff Flagg drew a leadoff walk. Flagg advanced on a groundout and later scored on an RBI single by Mark Goforth. Ryan Powers then doubled down the left field line, scoring Goforth.

For the contest, the Rebels matched a season high with 21 total hits. Both Basham and Power had their first four-hit games of the season. Stuyverson, Guerrero and Henry each had multiple hits. Guerrero had his first four-RBI game of the season, while Power drove in three runs.

The Bulldogs totaled 10 hits. MSU has now had double digit hits 13 times this season. Connor Powers led MSU with three hits and three RBI. Cody Freeman and Jet Butler each added multple hits.

Lance Lynn (4-0) threw the first six innings to pick up the win. Lynn allowed four hits and no runs, with seven strikeouts and one walk. Jake Morgan completed the contest and earned his first save.

Forrest Moore (1-2) pitched 1-2/3 innings and took the loss. Moore allowed six hits and eight runs (all earned), with three walks and two strikeouts. Jesse Carver threw 128 pitches in a career-longest 7-1/3 innings of work. Carver allowed 15 hits and seven runs (all earned), with one walk and six strikeouts.

The Bulldogs and Rebels resume their three-game weekend series with a 6 p.m. start Saturday. MSU is scheduled to throw senior left-hander Justin Pigott (2-1, 3.79 ERA), while Ole Miss will counter with junior right-hander Cody Satterwhite (2-0, 3.00). The series concludes with a 1:30 p.m. start Sunday. The Sunday MSU-UM contest will be broadcast regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast.

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