Mississippi State (20-8-1, 6-3 SEC) dropped today's meeting with the Ole Miss Rebels (21-7, 3-6 SEC) but still maintains a one game lead in the SEC West.
Daniel Brown got the start for MSU and surrendered three hits and two runs in 1.0 innings of work. Ryan Rigby (3-1) would relieve him and hurl 4.0 innings of work in what was his first loss of the season and career in Starkville. The Bulldogs would also turn to Vance Tatum, Ethan Small, and Blake Smith before turning to Reid Humphreys to finish the game out.
The Bulldogs attempted a comeback while down 6-2 in the eighth inning and cut the lead to one. Nathaniel Lowe got the Bulldogs started with a solo shot to center field and was followed by Gavin Collins who earned his fifth home run of the season with a two-rbi shot that brought Humphreys home. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs could not come any closer and ended up falling 8-5.
Particularly frustrating as a fan today is that five of the Rebels' eight runs were generated by walks, being hit by a pitch, and an error. Prior to today, The Bulldogs had not given up a walk to the Rebels and the pitching command struggles were absent in the other two games.
Jake Mangum continued his strong weekend with a two hits, one of which was a double. Mangum went 6-12 on the weekend with three extra base hits and the first home run of his career yesterday.
Mississippi State will host UT-Martin for a Tuesday afternoon/evening doubleheader starting at 3:00. The Rebels and Bulldogs will resume the rivalry April 26th in Pearl.