Ole Miss

Ole Miss, Mississippi State each win SEC series

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco

ATHENS, Ga.-- No. 7 Ole Miss used three home runs, including two by junior J.B. Woodman, to power past Georgia 7-3 Saturday at Foley Field. Senior Holt Perdzock hit the first career home run as well, helping the Rebels (36-12, 14-9 SEC) clinch the weekend series.

Woodman provided his second multi-homer game in the last four contests. The junior lefty increased his season total to 10, hitting five over a five-game stretch. Perdzock's homer was the Rebels' second pinch-hit dinger of the season, and fellow senior Cameron Dishon went 2-for-3 with an RBI to spark the bottom of the lineup.

Starting pitcher David Parkinson (3-2) picked up the victory, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. Once again, the Ole Miss bullpen was superb and did not allow a run. Connor Green pitched 1.2 scoreless frames, while Brady Feigl contributed 0.1 of an inning. Earning his ninth save of the season and second in as many games, junior Wyatt Short finished the final 1.2 innings and collected his 22nd career save.

Georgia (22-25, 7-16 SEC) equaled Ole Miss with nine hits, but managed just three runs as the Bulldogs grounded into three double plays. Three errors plagued the home team as starter Connor Jones (5-5) allowed five runs but only one earned. Drew Moody pitched a career-high five innings of relief, surrendering two runs on two homers.

Ole Miss took advantage of a Georgia miscue to score the game's first two runs. In the opening frame, the Bulldogs appeared to be out of the inning on a pop-up to first base. However, the ball was dropped by Georgia first baseman Patrick Sullivan, the first error of the freshman's career. With the inning still alive, Woodman made UGA pay with two-run bomb off the scoreboard in right field. The pair of unearned runs, along with a 1-2-3 inning by Parkinson, gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead after the first.

No. 4 Mississippi State 3, Missouri 1: East Central's Konnor Pilkington, Daniel Brown and Reid Humphreys helped the fourth-ranked Bulldogs finish off a three-game series sweep of Missouri with a 3-1 win Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.

MSU improved to 33-14-1 overall and 15-9 in league play - good for second place in the SEC Western Division standings. The Bulldogs are one game behind division leader Texas A&M. Missouri fell to 24-25 and 7-17 in league play.

The Bulldogs finished with 13 hits and stranded 12 base runners. The Bulldogs scored single runs in the first, fifth and seventh innings and overcame a shaky defensive inning in the fifth, when Missouri scored its lone run.

In the first inning, Jack Kruger and Nathaniel Lowe had hits before Gavin Collins had an RBI-single. The Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Brent Rooker. Humphreys singled home a critical insurance score in the seventh inning.

Pilkington pitched four-plus innings, allowing five hits and one unearned run, with four strikeouts and a walk. Daniel Brown (3-2) got the Bulldogs out a huge jam in the fifth inning and threw four total innings as well, allowing three hits with three strikeouts.

Humphreys struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure his sixth save of the year. Overall, MSU pitching struck out 10 and walked one. Kruger and Collins each had three hits for the Bulldogs, while Lowe and Rooker each turned in two. Lowe finished the weekend series going 9-for-13 with 4 RBIs, 3 runs, 2 doubles and a home run.

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