OXFORD – After five innings, Mississippi State was in danger of being swept for the second time in three weekends.
The No. 24 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs 37-15, 14-13) woke up and overcame a six-run deficit to beat No. 27 Ole Miss (35-17, 14-13) 7-6 on a sunny Mother’s Day afternoon at Swayze Field to avoid the sweep.
“Anytime you come down from a six-run lead, you’re really proud of your kids,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. I certainly am. I’m not a historian, I don’t know about the entire history of this series, but that’s got to be one of the all time great gut-check comebacks.”
Junior shortstop Adam Frazier’s two-run single in the top of the seventh proved to be the game winning hit.
“When the chips are down, he has the ability to really focus at a high level,” Cohen said. “That’s why he’s so special. It’s hard to explain to people, but a kid like Adam Frazier’s not going to be the fastest guy, he’s not going to have the best arm, he’s not going to have the most power, he just wins at everything he does. He finds a way to win every little battle.”
Junior right hander Ben Bracewell came into the game when the Bulldogs were trailing 6-0 in the fifth inning.
Bracewell (1-1) pitched the final five innings giving up just one hit. He retired 15-of-the-16 batters he faced to pick up the win.
“Going in I knew that I was kind of in for the long haul, because the guys who work behind me had already thrown,” Bracewell said. “Didn’t know how long they were going to be able to go. I’m just glad I got through all five innings.”