Mississippi State

MSU wins series over No. 1 Florida; Ole Miss completes sweep over Arkansas

 Konnor Pilkington
HAIL STATE.COM Konnor Pilkington

GAINESVILLE-- No. 10 MSU won its fourth-straight Southeastern Conference series to start the year with a 2-1 win over No. 1 Florida Sunday at McKethan Stadium.

The last time the Bulldogs won four-straight SEC series was March 30-April 22, 2001. The win is also the fifth-straight overall series victory for the Bulldogs, the first time they have accomplished the feat since Feb. 28-March 30, 2003.

MSU strengthened its hold on a Top 10 ranking, as well as the SEC's Western Division lead by completing a 3-1 week. The Bulldogs improved to 23-9-1 overall and 8-4 in league play, while the Gators fell to 29-5 and 8-4.

It was MSU's first series win at Florida since 2007.

The Bulldogs hold a slight one-game lead over Texas A&M in the Western Division standings, while trailing South Carolina by two games in the overall standings.

The story of Sunday's game was the pitching of the MSU trio of East Central's Konnor Pilkington, Zac Houston and Reid Humphreys. While drawing his first SEC start, Pilkington threw four innings, allowing no hits and three runs. Houston (2-0) followed and was dominate for 3.1 innings of work. He struck out three and allowed one hit but was pulled after a one-out walk in the eighth inning.

Ole Miss 8, Arkansas 7: No. 14 Ole Miss used clutch two-out hitting to complete the series sweep over No. 21 Arkansas. The Rebels (25-7, 6-6 SEC) never trailed at any point during the series. The weekend sweep marked the first time Ole Miss has swept Arkansas since 2009 as well as the first time in school history at Swayze Field.

Ole Miss tallied five two-out runs during the game, starting with a two-out two-run homer from J.B. Woodman. Will Golsan's day at the plate was capped off with a two-RBI single.

Golsan went 2-for-4 on the afternoon and tallied a career-high four RBI. Errol Robinson added two hits for his fifth straight multi-hit game, while Tate Blackman and Woodman also tallied two hits apiece. Blackman extended his on-base streak to 18 games, and Woodman belted up his team-leading fifth home run of the season. Andy Pagnozzi's 2.1 innings of relief earned the freshman the victory. Will Stokes earned his fourth save of the season.