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USM run-rules UAB; Ole Miss, Miss. State fall

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 USM outfielder Jake Sandlin
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD USM outfielder Jake Sandlin SUN HERALD

BIRMINGHAM-- Kirk McCarty threw a complete-game shutout and Michael Gilbert and Chase Scott each homered to lead No. 18 Southern Miss over UAB 11-0 in seven innings at Young Memorial Field Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles (27-10 overall, 12-3 C-USA) salvaged the final game of the league series from UAB after dropping the first two games. Southern Miss jumped back into a first-place tie with Rice with the two teams meeting next weekend in Hattiesburg. It was the third run-rule game for the Golden Eagles in league action this season.

Jake Sandlin doubled twice and Nick Dawson added a couple of hits to lead the nine-hit Southern Miss attack.

It was McCarty, though, that limited the Blazers (14-22, 6-9) to three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts to earn the victory and improve to 3-0 on the year. The sophomore left-hander retired the final six batters of the contest, keeping UAB off-balanced the entire day.

Southern Miss jumped out early to take the lead in the contest. After UAB pitcher Adam Lamar got a flyout to start the game, Sandlin doubled and Tim Lynch was hit by a pitch for the first of three times during the day. Scott then homered for the sixth time this season over the leftfield wall to give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 advantage.

Lamar got chased from the game in the second as he allowed three runs on three hits with a walk to suffer the loss and fall to 3-3.

Michael Gilbert increased the Golden Eagles' advantage in the third as he collected his first career home run, a grand slam, scoring Lynch, who led off the frame by being hit by a pitch, Tracy Hadley, who reached on a fielding error on a bunt, and Scott, who walked.

Sandlin added his second double of the contest in the fifth to knock in a run, before Hadley drove in a run after he was hit by a pitch to make the score 9-0. The Golden Eagles added a run in the sixth on a RBI double by Dawson and then completed their scoring with a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Claudio Rubiera in the seventh.

Alabama 7, No. 8 Ole Miss 2: No. 8 Ole Miss fell in the rubber match n at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide (22-14, 8-7 SEC) used a six-run fifth inning to take game three over the Rebels (26-10, 7-8 SEC). Sophomore Tate Blackman and freshman Ryan Olenek both had 2-for-4 days to pace the Ole Miss bats. Blackman earned his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season, while Olenek collected his seventh. Andy Pagnozzi (5-2) suffered just his second loss of the season as Alabama tagged three runs off the freshman in the fifth.

The Crimson Tide tallied 11 hits on the afternoon, including three by Cobie Vance. Chandler Avant went 2-for-5 with two RBI, and designated hitter Connor Short added a pair of hits as well. Nick Eicholtz (3-1) picked up the victory on the mound, giving up one run on six hits through 6.0 innings.

No. 3 Texas A&M 10, No. 2 Mississippi State 5: Unable to match the offensive firepower from No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 8 Mississippi State dropped the final game of the SEC series, 10-5, at Dudy Noble Field. The Sunday game drew a crowd of 8,786, while the three-game weekend series finished with a total of 33,896. It was the largest three-game series crowd since the 2014 Super Bulldog Weekend.

Texas A&M improved to 29-7 overall and 10-5 in league play with its sixth-straight conference win. MSU fell to 24-12-1 and 8-7. The Bulldogs are tied for third place in the Western Division standings.

Texas A&M built a 2-0 lead in the second inning. After the Bulldogs scored in the third inning, the Aggies stretched the lead to 4-1 with single scores in the fourth and fifth. MSU grabbed a 5-4 lead with four runs in the seventh inning, only to see Texas A&M respond with four runs of its own in the eighth inning and two more scores in the ninth.

The Aggies scored 15 of their 30 runs in the final two innings of play during the series.In the third inning, Jake Mangum doubled, while Hunter Stovall and Gavin Collins drew walks. A passed ball scored the run.

In the seventh inning, the comeback started with a two-run home by Gavin Collins - his team-best seventh of the season. Nathaniel Lowe followed with a single. Brent Rooker tripled to bring home Lowe and Elih Marrero doubled for a 5-4 lead. Texas A&M grabbed the lead for good on a two-run double by Hunter Melton during a four-run eighth inning. MSU finished with 10 hits. Mangum had three, while Rooker and Marrero each had two.

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