Trustmark Tumble

PEARL – Ole Miss and Mississippi State met for the fourth time in baseball this season. The Rebels won two of three games in Starkville weekend before last. MSU took the Governor's Cup game Tuesday night 8-3.

Quoting Mike Bianco

On the game: "Tonight (we had) only three hits and (did not put) not a lot of pressure (on MSU). And they gave us a lot of opportunities early. Their guy hit too many hitters. But we couldn't get the hit with runners on. Even in the first where we scored a run, we were not able to get that big base hit. And it was the opposite on defense. They got all the big base hits. They got six two-out RBIs and that's what wins you baseball games."

On his team's offense: "Tonight I didn't like the way we took so many fast balls. Tonight we just weren't the aggressor. I thought we took too many pitches and got in bad counts."

On his team's lack of aggressiveness: "Tonight was the game we haven't really played all year in the sense that we are normally the aggressor on offense, and we weren't. We normally get the two-out base hit and the one that breaks the momentum of the other team. Tonight that obviously was not the case."

On the pitchers (UM used seven in the game): "On the mound I'm just as disappointed. We just couldn't get off the field tonight with six two-out RBIs. You have to make a pitch and get off the field."

On his team's mental frame of mind: "They're disappointed. You can see it in their faces. This is a big game for us and you want to come down here and play well in front of all these fans. They'll bounce back and be ready for this weekend."

Ole Miss is now 30-12, while Mississippi State improved to 27-15.

From Ole Miss athletics media relations Bill Bunting:

Ole Miss took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning without the benefit of a hit, using an error, three hit batters and a sac fly to bring two runs home. Mississippi State also used a unique inning in the home half of the frame to move back in front, capitalizing on a big hop off a ground ball that bounced high over the head of the fielder at second base who was in position to make the inning-ending play.

The Bulldogs would go on to score two more runs in the inning and not relinquish the lead from there.

Preston Tarkington (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Rebels, allowing one run on one hit in his 0.1 innings of work. The run was only the first inherited run allowed this season by the reliever in his 15 appearances.

Vance Tatum (2-0) picked up the win for the Bulldogs with his relief outing, working 3.2 innings and allowing only one hit after entering the game in the sixth inning. Tatum struck out three batters.


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