Bulldog ace Dakota Hudson had the Rebels number all night, pitching a complete game and only allowing four hits. The junior also struck out eleven Rebels and allowed no earned runs. Ole Miss started the night on base after Will Golsan was hit by a pitch in the top of the first. Rebel outfielder J.B. Woodman's RBI-single later in the inning allowed Golsan to cross the plate for a 1-0 Ole Miss lead, but that was the most the Rebels could get on Hudson.
While not dominant, the Bulldogs were able to do enough on offense to score three runs on the Rebels. Ole Miss ace Brady Bramlett looked more comfortable on the mound against the Bulldogs, after allowing four earned runs in four innings against South Carolina last Thursday. Bramlett finished the night putting in 5.1 innings of work, allowing six hits, giving up two unearned runs and striking out two Bulldog batters.
Mississippi State tied the game in the bottom of the first inning off a Reid Humphreys RBI-single, that allowed freshman Jake Mangum to reach home. Humphreys and Mangum came up big for the Bulldogs again in the bottom of the sixth, as another RBI-single by Humphreys brought Mangum home. Ole Miss sophomore Will Stokes came in relief for Bramlett in the bottom of the sixth, putting in 2.2 innings of work, allowing no runs and striking out one. Stokes did have a crucial mistake however, as an error on a pickoff attempt allowed Mississippi State junior Jacob Robson to score from first base in the bottom of the seventh inning. This run gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead that the Rebels could not overcome.
- Ole Miss scored a run in the first inning for the 13th time this season; the Rebels are now 11-2 when scoring in the first.
- The Rebels are outscoring teams 34-14 in the opening frame; the +20 run differential is the highest of any inning.
- Ole Miss suffered its first lost to MSU since 2014 after winning all four games in 2015.
Ole Miss returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT for game two of the series. The game will be streamed live on the SEC Network + or Watch ESPN.