Governor's Cup Win

PEARL - A four-run fourth inning proved to be enough runs for Ole Miss in a 6-3 win against Mississippi State. That was certainly the case since Rebel pitchers, especially the relievers, were sensational in this one.

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After starter Sam Smith departed the game following a 3.2 inning performance that had four hits and allowed three runs with four strikeouts and two walks, his bullpen took over and shut the Bulldogs completely down.

The Rebels struck out 16 MSU batters including 12 by a trio of relievers - Hawtin Buchanan, Aaron Greenwood, and Dylan Chavez, who closed the game and got his first save of the season.

For his 2.2 inning performance, the longest of his UM career, Buchanan was named MVP of the contest.

The Biloxi High product took the mound to relieve Smith with two outs in the fourth and a Bulldog on base. Buchanan, 1-0, struck out five and allowed no runs, no hits, and no walks.

"Just electric, great stuff," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said of Buchanan. "He threw some breaking balls in there as well. His longest stint of the year. It's neat to see a Mississippi kid run out and have his best game of the year in this game."

MSU starter, freshman right-hander Brandon Woodruff, got the loss and is 0-1. Mississippi State slipped to 21-16 this season.

Ole Miss, improving to 25-12 on the year, now leads the Mayor's Trophy/Governor's Cup series, started in 1980, by a 17-16 margin over MSU.

"We played well tonight, and it was obviously good to get off to a good start," said Bianco. "I thought we pitched well. The young guys in this type game and environment, just terrific."

Matt Snyder was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead the Rebels at the plate before an announced crowd of 5,533 at Trustmark Park, the AA home of the Atlanta Braves.

Ole Miss had 10 hits. Rebel pitchers limited MSU to only six. The Bulldogs committed two errors, while Ole Miss was clean defensively.

The Rebels actually got a run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead, ane MSU tied it 1-1 with a run in the third. The Rebels got the lead back and made it 5-1 with the four-run fourth.

Ole Miss led 5-3 heading into the eighth inning. Alex Yarbrough led off the eighth with a double, and Snyder got him home with a single for some insurance for the Rebels.

Snyder was impressed with all the pitchers, especially Buchanan.

"We really needed that," Snyder said. "Hawtin came in today and absolutely threw the ball in the strike zone. It was really good to see that. You love seeing that. Just seeing the guy come out there, throw it in the zone, and see what happens. When you've got the kind of stuff he has, you're going to get a lot of strikeouts. He did a great job today and kept us in the game."

Ole Miss hosts Arkansas this weekend. Gametimes are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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