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Lartigue's three-run homer lifts No. 6 Ole Miss past Kentucky; No. 3 Mississippi State routs Auburn

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 Ole Miss' Henri Lartigue (22) is mobbed by his teammates following his three run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Kentucky 7-5 on Saturday at Swayze Field.
BRUCE NEWMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Ole Miss' Henri Lartigue (22) is mobbed by his teammates following his three run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Kentucky 7-5 on Saturday at Swayze Field. AP

OXFORD-- Henri Lartigue's three-run homer in the ninth as sixth-ranked Ole Miss a 7-5 win over Kentucky Saturday at Swayze Field.

The Rebels trailed 5-0 as right-hander James McArthur gave up a two-run home run in the second and a three-run shot in the third.

Ole Miss relievers Brady Feigl, Wyatt Short and Will Stokes combined to throw 6 2-3 shutout innings for the Rebels (39-13, 17-10 SEC). Stokes was the winning pitcher, recording his first win of the season.

The Rebels were scoreless until the fourth when they got on the board with J.B. Woodman's 12th solo homer.

Tate Blackman had three hits for the Rebels.

The Rebels are third in the SEC Western Division, a half-game behind Mississippi State. Ole Miss is also a half-game ahead of LSU.

No. 3 Mississippi State 16, Auburn 6: No. 3 Mississippi State (36-14-1, 17-9) pounded out a season-best 21 hits to win at Plainsman Park. The Bulldogs are in sole possession of second place in the Western Division standings and within two games of the overall lead in the standings.

The Bulldogs struck quickly with eight runs in the second inning. After the Tigers closed within 10-6, the Bulldogs put the contest away with three runs in the eighth and ninth innings. The Bulldogs finished with 13 extra-base hits, including eight doubles (most in a game since 2010), two triples and three home runs.

Austin Sexton (6-2) worked 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and six runs (three earned), with eight strikeouts and a walk. Daniel Brown finished the contest on the mound for the Bulldogs.

In the eighth inning, the Bulldogs got three straight doubles from Mangum, Kruger and Lowe. After a flyout, Rooker followed with an RBI-double. In the ninth inning, singles by Gridley and Marrero got things started. John Holland followed with an RBI-double. After a single by Mangum, Kruger had a sacrifice fly. Cole Gordon then capped the scoring with an RBI-triple.

Jake Mangum and Nathaniel Lowe each had four hits for the Bulldogs, while Brent Rooker and Jack Kruger each had three hits. John Holland had two hits. Gavin Collins, Lowe and Rooker each had three RBIs. For Rooker, it was home runs Nos. 6 and 7, while Collins has now hit a team-best nine.

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