STARKVILLE, Miss. – An eight-run third inning led the way for Mississippi State to down in-state rival no. 3 Ole Miss 13-3 in a Southeastern Conference series opening double header at Dudy Noble Field Friday afternoon. State dropped the second game 6-1.
The Diamond Dawgs are now 16-16 (3-8 SEC), while the Rebels are now 27-5 (7-4 SEC).
MSU and Ole Miss play again today with the series on the line. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. CT at Dudy Noble.
GAME 1 – Mississippi State 13, No. 3 Ole Miss 3
Ole Miss took an early 2-0 lead after Nick Fortes hit a two-run home run, but the lead didn’t last long.
The Diamond Dawgs made it 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning after Jake Mangum scored on a wild pitch. They tied the game later in the inning after Josh Hatcher’s ground ball out scored Justin Foscue.
MSU’s offense exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the third inning to give the Diamond Dawgs a 10-2 lead after three frames. The frame included a three-run double by Tanner Allen, a two-run single by Hatcher and an RBI-double by Mangum.
The Diamond Dawgs scored three more times in the fifth inning to make push their lead to 13-2. Rowdey Jordan doubled and scored Marshall Gilbert, Allen singled and scored Jordan and Hunter Vansau singled and scored Allen.
The Rebels final run came in the sixth inning making it a big 13-3 victory for the Diamond Dawgs.
As a team, State had 13 hits, a season-high in SEC play. Gilbert and Tanner Allen led the team with three hits. Vansau and Hatcher each had two hits.
Starting Pitcher Konnor Pilkington (2-4) was brilliant on the mound for the Dawgs and earned the win. He pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. He struck out seven batters and walked one.
Keegan James pitched two hitless innings in relief.
Brady Feigl (6-2) was charged with the loss for the Rebels. He allowed eight runs, five earned, on five hits.
GAME 2 – No. 3 Ole Miss 6, Mississippi State 1
Ole Miss scored two runs in the second inning on a pair of singles to make it 2-0.
MSU’s lone run came in the third inning when Mangum scored on a Allen ground out.
The Rebels scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to cap off a 6-1 win in the second game of the double header.
The Diamond Dawgs did have seven hits in the game, but stranded 10 base runners. Dustin Skelton and Mangum led the way with two hits apiece.
Ethan Small (2-3) was charged with the loss. He pitched four innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out seven batters and walked two.
JP France and Jared Liebelt also pitched. France allowed six hits and two runs in three innings, while Liebelt retired six of seven batters faced in two innings.
Ryan Rollison (4-3) earned the win for Ole Miss. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out nine batters and walked two.