Mississippi State

Mississippi State, Ole Miss each win opening SEC series

 Mississippi State coach John Cohen led the Bulldogs to a series win over second-ranked Vanderbilt this weekend.
ERIC FRANCIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS Mississippi State coach John Cohen led the Bulldogs to a series win over second-ranked Vanderbilt this weekend. AP

NASHVILLE-- No. 15 Mississippi State fell down early and could not recover, falling 12-6 to No. 2 Vanderbilt Sunday at Hawkins Field.

Vanderbilt (17-3, 1-2 SEC) scored three unearned runs in the first inning, thanks in part to three MSU errors. The Commodores stretched the lead to 8-1 before the Bulldogs tried to rally. Vanderbilt then put the contest away with three insurance runs in the home half of the eighth inning.

Thanks to a 2-1, 13-inning win Friday and a 5-4 win Saturday, the Bulldogs did clinch the weekend series in Nashville for the first time since 2002.

MSU (14-6-1, 2-1 SEC) got the board in the third inning on an RBI-single by Jack Kruger.

In the fourth inning, the Bulldogs closed within 8-3 on a two-run single by Jake Mangum. The Bulldogs scored an inning later on a Ryan Gridley RBI-double and a passed ball. MSU stranded two base runners in that at-bat as well.

A Hunter Stovall RBI-single in the seventh inning had the Bulldogs back within 8-6. The Commodores then put the contest away with a single score in the seventh inning and three more scores in the eighth inning.

Daniel Brown (2-1) drew the start and took the loss. Brown pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and eight runs (five earned), with five strikeouts and a walk. Keegan James was masterful in relief, allowing three hits in 3 2/3 innings with a string of 10 straight retired batters. Vance Tatum, Blake Smith, Ethan Small and Reid Humphreys pitched in relief.

MSU finished with 11 hits, including multi-hit games by Mangum and Humphreys.

No. 8 Ole Miss 10, Tennessee 7: No. 8 Ole Miss defeated Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.The Ole Miss (19-2, 2-1 SEC) bats were on fire, totaling 15 hits. The Rebels hit in clutch situations, going 11-for-25 (.440) with runners on base and 8-for-17 (.471) with runners in scoring position. All nine Rebels in the lineup recorded at least one hit, including four who produced multi-hit games. Will Golsan and Henri Lartigue led the way with three hits, two RBI and one double each. Connor Cloyd and J.B. Woodman both recorded a pair of hits, with Woodman adding two sacrifice flies to knock in runs.

On the mound, freshman Andy Pagnozzi (4-0) earned his second victory of the week, pitching 3.0 innings in relief of starter Sean Johnson.

Tennessee (12-7, 1-2 SEC) scored seven runs on 11 hits. Leno Ramirez and Tyler Schultz recorded two hits apiece, while Jordan Rodgers hit a three-run home run. The Rebels forced UT starting pitcher Hunter Martin out of the game in the first inning. Steven Kane (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen.

The Rebels used a two-out rally to score a pair of runs in the opening inning. Back-to-back doubles by J.B. Woodman and Colby Bortles led to the game's first run. Tate Blackman followed with a single up the middle to plate Bortles, and Henri Lartigue's base hit to left made it four straight hits for Ole Miss. A four-pitch walk to Holt Perdzock forced Tennessee starter Hunter Martin out of the game in the opening inning. UT reliever Steven Kane got his team out of the jam, but not before Ole Miss claimed a 2-0 advantage.