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College baseball roundup: South Carolina sweeps Ole Miss; Mississippi State falls

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 Mississippi State and John Cohen failed to sweep Georgia, falling 11-8 on Saturday.
BRUCE NEWMAN/OXFORD EAGLE Mississippi State and John Cohen failed to sweep Georgia, falling 11-8 on Saturday. AP

Ole Miss couldn't rally Saturday despite a solid relief performance from Wyatt Short, falling to South Carolina 4-0. With the win, USC swept Ole Miss and improved to 6-0 in the SEC.

On the mound for Ole Miss (20-5, 2-4 SEC), Andy Pagnozzi (4-1) earned his first weekend start as a Rebel. Pagnozzi tossed 3 1/3 innings before Short took over the mound. Short finished the game with a phenomenal performance, allowing only one hit and collecting four strikeouts. The junior southpaw's 5 2/3 innings of relief were a career high and the longest outing by a Rebel reliever since Scott Weathersby pitched six innings in the 16-inning win over No. 1 Vanderbilt on April 10.

Designated hitter Michael Fitzsimmons and first baseman Will Golsan led Ole Miss offensively as both Rebels went 2-for-4 on the day.

For South Carolina (23-2, 6-0 SEC), three pitchers combined to keep Ole Miss off the scoreboard. Starter Adam Hill (5-0) earned the win, giving up four hits in six innings. Tyler Johnson (2) closed the game to tally his second save.

The Gamecocks attacked early, scoring three times in the first frame. After a leadoff double by center fielder Gene Cone, catcher John Jones hit a RBI groundout to score his teammate two batters later. Designated hitter Alex Destino doubled to left field before he crossed home on a RBI single to right by left fielder Dom Thompson-Williams. After stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error, Thompson-Williams scored on a RBI single by Jonah Bride.

The Rebels look to rebound this week as Ole Miss heads to Memphis on Wednesday, looking to complete the season sweep over the Tigers.

Georgia 11, Mississippi State 8: No. 16 Mississippi State scored three times in the ninth inning but the rally was cut short there as the Maroon and White dropped an 11-8 decision to Georgia in a Southeastern Conference baseball game played Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

For a second straight weekend MSU won the first games of a conference series but could not complete the sweep. MSU fell to 17-7-1 overall and 4- 2 in league play, while Georgia moved to 15-10 and 2-4.

The four-hour, 52-minute game featured 22 walks, 25 base hits, two errors and 27 stranded base runners.

"We walked (10) batters and a lot of those were four-count walks," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "They had 12 walks. That is how you play a five-hour game. You just can't be that sloppy on the mound. Our kids won't make excuses. You have to make the other team beat you with swings."

MSU starter Keegan James was lifted with two outs in the second inning. Blake Smith, Kale Breaux, Noah Hughes, Daniel Brown, Zac Houston and Vance Tatum followed in relief. Brown (2-2) walked five and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings of work.

MSU built a 2-1 lead in the third inning on an RBI-double by Nathaniel Lowe and an RBI-groundout by Reid Humphreys. A two-run double by Humphreys gave the Maroon and White a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.

An RBI-single by Jacob Robson placed the Maroon and White on top 5-4 in the fifth inning.

After Georgia tied the contest in the sixth inning, it took the lead for good with three runs in the eighth inning with the go-ahead run scoring on a bases-loaded walk. Georgia then tagged the bullpen again for three more scores in the ninth inning.

In the ninth inning, a walk to Gavin Collins, single by Elih Marrero and walk to John Holland loaded the bases. Jake Mangum had an RBI-single. Robson drove in a run with a fielder's choice. Brent Rooker then added a sacrifice-fly.

A called third strike then snuffed the rally.

MSU finished with 10 hits. Robson had four hits, while Lowe and Marrero each had two hits.

Wildcats swept in doubleheader at Northeast: Pearl River Community College continues to struggle in MACJC baseball play, as the Wildcats dropped both ends of a doubleheader Friday afternoon against Northeast Mississippi at Booneville.

The Tigers (14-12, 5-3) dropped the Wildcats (18-10, 3-7) 13-2 in the first game of the doubleheader in seven innings, then posted a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.

The Tigers opened up a 10-1 lead early in the opener, thanks to an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the third inning, and the Wildcats never threatened the rest of the way. NEMCC added three more runs in the fifth to put the mercy rule into effect.

Zachary Clark had a home run for Pearl River, and Gage Teer had a double and a single. Parker Dungan (2-2) took the loss. Joseph Caver (3-2) was the winning pitcher for Northeast.

The Wildcats could only muster three hits in the second game against the Tigers' Trace Lee (2-2), who struck out five in seven innings.

Peyton Lee (0-3) allowed just three hits in five innings of work, but surrendered three runs in the third inning, only one of which was earned. He struck out six and walked four.

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