Sunday Special

STARKVILLE – Ole Miss bounced back from Saturday's devastating 6-5 10-inning loss to Mississippi State in a big way Sunday, rolling past the Bulldogs 12-2.

It was the fifth baseball series win for Ole Miss in Starkville since 2004. The lone Bulldog series win at Dudy Noble Field during that stretch was in 2012. Ole Miss swept State there in 2010.

Ole Miss is now 29-9 overall and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play, just a game behind league-leading Alabama who is 10-5.

Mississippi State fell to 22-15 and 7-8.

Quoting The Rebels

* Rebel starting pitcher Sam Smith (6 innings, 2 runs, 6 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks): "Yesterday wasn't a good day at the end for us. But we were all excited to go to bed and wake up and play baseball again. Nobody could have matched our energy today."

* Rebel third baseman Austin Anderson (4-for-5 with 2 RBI): "We just stuck to our plans, even though they came back last night and beat us. Just bounce back and win and take the series."

* Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco: "I just said to the team that we've had a lot of great moments this year and throughout. But yesterday was hard. When you had them, and really, and not to take anything away from Mississippi State, but we blew it. Couple of plays we misplayed, and we knew they would make a charge. When you lose it here on this field, that was hard for all of us. But we've been that resilient team, tough, that's been able to handle it.

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* More Bianco: "It happens in our league, in the SEC. You're going to get kicked in the face. And we did. But you have to get back up off the mat. And we did. We played well in all phases. Really proud of the way we showed up today after last night."

* Bianco on Sam Smith: "Sam was tremendous. Today he was as good as he's been all year. Really spotting up his fast ball and his breaking ball and changeup."

Game Highlights

Ole Miss won Friday's opener 6-1 and led Saturday's second game 5-2 until MSU took control in the bottom of the tenth inning with four runs for a 6-5 win.

But the resilient Rebels took control of the Sunday finale early. They scored two runs in the first inning off MSU starter Ben Bracewell and never looked back. They broke open the contest in the fourth inning with four runs to make it a 6-0 lead.

But after Saturday's Bulldog comeback, the Rebels weren't about to let up and poured it on, increasing their lead to 10-0 before MSU scratched across two runs in the seventh.

Ole Miss added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth, and that was that.

Sam Smith went through six innings and two batters into the seventh. But after giving up two singles, Jeremy Massie entered and went the rest of the way. State got its two runs that inning, both attributed to Smith.

Massie, who got his first save of the season, finished up with no runs on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Bracewell, the starter and one of four pitchers used by MSU, got the loss and is 2-3.

A lot of hitters got into the action today, led by Austin Anderson's four hit performance. Auston Bousfield was 3-for-6 with a RBI and two runs scored.

Preston Overbey went 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Will Jamison was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk.

Will Allen was 2-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored, and a walk. Braxton Lee went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two walks.

The Rebels get three days off from games now, then host LSU beginning Thursday night in Oxford on ESPNU.

The games are Thursday night at 6:30, Friday night at 6:30, and Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Friday night game is not televised, but the Saturday game is on FSN.

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