On To Sunday

STARKVILLE - The Ole Miss Rebels had the series in their hands, but they dropped it. And it's on to Sunday to see who wins it.

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The Rebels were up three runs heading into the bottom of the tenth inning. But the Bulldogs scored four runs for a 6-5 victory to even things up after two games. Game three is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Quoting the Rebels

* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco: "Just a disappointing ending. I thought we played hard today. I thought we hung in there and pitched really well. Just a disappointing one to lose because we had it. We had it and we blew it."

* Bianco on any carryover for tomorrow's game from this loss: "Unfortunately for us this has happened to us before. They know it's part of it. You have to get off the mat and get ready to play again."

* Bianco on staying with Laxer: "He's our guy. His stuff was still good. I thought he was making pitches. The pinch hitter hits a double. Then they get another double. Again, he should have been able to get out of it – (players) catch a fly ball or catch a ground ball. Either one he gets through it."

* Sikes Orvis: "We've got to do a better job of winning on the road. We've had trouble with that twice now. We've had leads late in the game and we blew it. We've got to do a better job finishing it out."

Sikes Orvis
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*Orvis on his late home run and the lead he gave the team: "It's a team effort. I got a good ball to hit and all that. But we've got to win the game."

* Orvis on the play at first in the tenth that kept the door open for MSU: "When he was ranging over, he threw it and I couldn't see it because of the glare off the scoreboard. And I completely just missed it."

* Orvis on Sunday: "We'll come out tomorrow (ready). We've got to suck it up and move on and win the series tomorrow. We'll be alright. These guys, we've been through this before. We're a mature team, and we'll come back tomorrow and get the job done."

The Game

The real drama of this one didn't start until the tenth inning. Will Allen opened the inning with a single up the middle before Sikes Orvis delivered a two-run shot over the wall in right center to put the Rebels on top 4-2. Holt Perdzock then singled up the middle before pinch run for by Dalton Dulin. The freshman stole second and third around a strikeout, before coming home on a sac fly to centerfield from Overbey to take the lead out to 5-2 Rebels.

State mounted a rally in the bottom of the 10th, starting with a one-out double to center from pinch hitter Cody Brown. Seth Heck then hit a RBI double to left to bring Brown across the plate and cut the lead to 5-3.

A throwing error on a ground ball to second then put men at the corners, before a sac fly to center from Brett Pirtle before Rea hit a ball that dropped in, just ahead of a charging Will Jamison in right to tie the game at five with two outs on the board. Ole Miss then turned to the bullpen for right-hander Preston Tarkington.

The Bulldogs got the hit that was needed for victory when Collins drove a single through the left side to score pinch runner and claim the 6-5 win.

MSU led 2-0 with a run in the first and another in the third.

In the fifth, Preston Overbey reached on an infield single, beating out the throw from the MSU shortstop, Seth Heck. The Bulldogs then made a pitching change, relieving right-handed starter Trevor Fitts with lefty Jacob Lindgren. Robinson struck out looking. Lee reached on an infield hit to third base. Bousfield then reached on an infield single. On Anderson's at-bat, a wild pitch from Lindgren allowed Orvis to race home to cut the MSU lead to 2-1. The runners moved up to scoring position. Anderson grounded out to second and that allowed Lee to score to tie the game 2-2. Allen flew out to center field to end the inning.

Things stood just like that until the tenth when all the drama unfolded and MSU won it.

Laxer (2-1) took the loss in relief, allowing four runs – only one earned – on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts through 2.1 innings of work.

Vance Tatum (1-0) picked up the win in relief, working the final out of the 10th inning for the Bulldogs to get Mississippi State out of the inning, though the home team was trailing 5-2 when he entered the game and sent things to the home half of the inning.

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