Soundly Defeated

Mississippi State continues on its roll toward postseason while Ole Miss is running out of steam. The Bulldogs won again against the Rebels Friday night, this time 7-4 after a 7-6 win Thursday night.

"(Thursday night) it was disappointing, because, not to take anything away from them, it felt more like we just couldn't close the deal and gave it to them," Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco said. "But (Friday night), they just beat us in every phase of the game."

Bianco said his pitchers just couldn't get the Bulldogs out.

"All seven of their runs were with two outs," he said. "The first five were with two outs and two strikes on the hitters. Their hitters were able to grind out at-bats and get big hit after big hit. The timely hit is so important. On our offensive end, we weren't able to get the big hit, and we had our opportunities. We couldn't match them with the timely hit."

Both teams were proficient in stranding runners. Ole Miss left eight, and MSU left nine.

Bianco thought Goforth, the starter, was very good, even giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He did have six strikeouts and one walk, falling to 4-7 on the year.

"I thought David was terrific tonight," Bianco said. "He was just great. Credit them. They beat us and won the game. They just got some big hits. He put himself in position to get out of it. But it's amazing, every time they needed a hit they got it with runners in scoring position."

State got two runs in the top of the third inning. Ryan Collins grounded out to score Brent Brownlee who had reached on a single. Jarrod Parks singled to score Jonathan Ogden who had reached on a base hit. It was 2-0 Bulldogs.

Ole Miss (27-23 overall, 11-15 SEC) tied things up in the fourth. Will Allen hit his second home run of the series, this time with Matt Snyder aboard who had been hit by a Nick Routt pitch.

After State (32-18, 13-13) went back out front 3-2 in the top of the fifth, the Rebels had all kinds of opportunities in the bottom of the fifth to take command. But they could only tie it. With the bases loaded, Blake Newalu sac flied to get one run home. After the Rebels got the bases loaded again, this time with two outs, Matt Tracy popped up to the catcher to end it.

MSU then answered with two runs in the top of the sixth to take control of the game again with a 5-3 advantage.

A C.T. Bradford two RBI double in the eighth ended the scoring in this one.

State starter Routt (2-2) got the win. The Bulldogs outhit the Rebels 9-7.

Game three of this series is at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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