Series to State

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State got four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and that was plenty as the Bulldogs beat Ole Miss 4-2 Sunday and captured the series.

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Starter Tanner Bailey, in his first Southeastern Conference start as a Rebel, never got an out and was out of the game, allowing four earned runs on only one hit with two walks, facing just four batters.

The bases were loaded when Dylan Chavez came in with the Rebels down 1-0. It was a tough entrance for him as he hit two batters and had a sac fly. Three runs came in but he managed to stop the bleeding.

Bailey said he warmed up just fine in the bullpen.

"I actually had my stuff going," he said. "I got out there and a couple of calls didn't go my way and just kind of kept rolling."

It had been a long time since Bailey had been in that type situation on that big of a stage. Maybe ever.

"I wasn't really that nervous," he said. "I just didn't have it. I let my guys down; I let the team down. It just wasn't my day. I had pictured it a lot differently in my head. I'm sorry to everybody."

But it was offensively that the Rebels were never able to respond. Relief pitching gave them every chance to get back in it with eight at-bats remaining. But they never took advantage.

MSU starter, lefty Luis Pollorena, just 5-foot-7, handcuffed the Rebels until he was done in the sixth.

Ole Miss (28-16, 10-11 SEC) had lead off doubles by Preston Overbey in the third and John Gatlin in the fifth but got nothing out of either. Rebel relievers were sensational. Chavez went a total of 4.1 innings, struck out three, and allowed just one hit. Hawtin Buchanan went two innings and he walked three, struck out one and gave up no hits.

Brett Huber made his return after a couple of weeks of arm soreness and went 1.2 innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

After Pollorena walked two in the sixth with one out, he was pulled in favor of Caleb Reed, who went the rest of the way, allowing a run in the eighth and one in the ninth. He struck out one and faced 15 Rebels.

Offensively Ole Miss was not very productive all weekend. No runs in a 4-0 shutout Friday night, a 6-2 win Saturday, and the two runs late on Sunday.

"I don't think you can put it on anything necessarily," said Alex Yarbrough, whose 22-game hit streak ended with an 0-4 day. "When you get runners on base, you've got to come up with the hits. That's it."

The Rebels actually had eight hits Sunday and just two runs. MSU (27-17, 10-11) only had two hits on the day but the other areas of being able to reach base were much in vogue for MSU.

"We hit as many people today as we've hit in a month," Bianco said after his pitchers hit five Bulldogs. "It was one of those things where the first inning just got away from us."

But there was plenty of time left.

"A couple of leadoff doubles that we weren't able to move the runner," Bianco said. "I think that would have helped a little bit to get some momentum in our dugout."

"Just disappointing," he continued. "Just one I thought we gave away. Not a lot of games where you give up two hits and don't make any errors and lose."

The Rebels jump back in action against another instate foe, USM, in Pearl Tuesday night.

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