Opening Statement

STARKVILLE - Ron Polk debated for several days whether to start freshman Forrest Moore or senior Jesse Carver versus No. 5 Ole Miss on Friday. The MSU skipper finally picked Moore and only minutes into the conference opener, it was obvious Polk chose wrong.

The Rebel offense shook off more than a week of frustration by battering the Bulldogs 15-6 and producing 21 hits, which tied the season high. Moore (1-2) was mercifully pulled after allowing eight earned runs off six hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings.

Ole Miss (12-4, 1-0) led 10-0 after three frames and silenced the already lethargic Dudy Noble Field crowd of 2,685. The Rebels scored two in the first, six in the second and two more in the third to put the game on ice.

Starter Lance Lynn kept any drama from unfurling by tossing six innings of efficient, shutout baseball with seven strikeouts, four hits and one walk. Lynn tossed 92 pitches and kept two early errors in the same inning from resulting in damage.

"It was good to see the guys jump on them early like that," Lynn said. "With the end of spring break and a 3 p.m. game, I didn't expect a huge crowd, but I expected them to be more upbeat than they were. Although, it is hard to get excited after we scored ten runs in the first three innings."

Lynn fed off the big lead and pumped the zone with mostly fastballs but was also able to get across his offspeed pitches early in the count. State loaded the bases one inning and had two reach in another, but the right-hander buckled down and overpowered the Bulldogs (7-8, 0-1).

"Lance was terrific, but I didn't think it was his best day," Mike Bianco said. "He was able to stay ahead in the count and throw enough breaking balls to keep them off-balance. You want the 10-run lead, but it isn't the easiest thing to pitch with."

Brett Basham was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, while raising his batting average 53 points in one afternoon. The junior catcher is now hitting .333 on the season.

"I'll definitely take it," Basham said.

Logan Power also produced four hits and three RBI, two of which came on a home run in Ole Miss' five-run seventh inning.

Michael Guerrero knocked in four runs with a double and two sacrifice flies from his clean-up spot in the order, and Sean Stuyverson shook off two fielding errors with a two-run home run and a single. Leadoff hitter Jordan Henry Scored three times.

"It was obviously a great day for us offensively," Bianco said. "A lot of guys did a good job of laying off some pitches and getting into good counts, as well as hitting the ball the other way."

Carver sacrificed his arm for the sake of State's bullpen by replacing Moore and hurling the final 7.1 innings on 128 pitches. Carver was touched for 15 hits and seven runs. He did strikeout six and walked one.

After Lynn exited following the sixth inning, Jake Morgan (1) pitched the final three innings to pick up his first career save. However, the redshirt freshman was banged around for six runs on six hits and three walks.

"When you get a lead like that, you can run a guy like Jake out there who will throw strikes," Bianco said. "It means a lot, because it is another day of rest for the midweek guys and other pitchers who we will need the next two."

The two teams resume the series Saturday at 6 p.m. Ole Miss' Cody Satterwhite will oppose senior Justin Pigott.

"He (Pigott) is a lefty that will use a lot of offspeed stuff," Power said. "We need to take the ball the other way and hit pitches back up the middle. We will still be aggressive, but we need to stay back on him."

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