OXFORD – It looked like Mississippi State was going to get out of the fourth and eighth innings unscathed.
The Bulldogs had two outs in both frames, but Ole Miss found a way to score all four of its runs with two outs and ended up beating MSU 4-3 Thursday night at Swayze Field.
The Bulldogs (24-25, 8-17) outhit the Rebels (26-24, 12-13) 7-6, but it didn’t matter, as Ole Miss took advantage of its opportunities.
“I’ve got 16 hard hits on our roster, we’re only getting seven hits out of it,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “I felt like we had better at bats than they did. I felt like we hit balls harder than they did.”
Bulldog starter Lucas Laster retired the first two batters he faced in the fourth inning, but Colby Bortles had a double and then the left hander walked Sikes Orvis. Errol Robinson brought both home with a double to deep center.
Ole Miss added one more in the frame, as Nic Perkins brought home Robinson with a single.
The Bulldogs came back to tie things at 3-3 with three runs in the sixth inning. Gavin Collins had a two-run double and Wes Rea drove home Collins with a single.
“I was trying to get something over the plate and hit a fly ball to the outfield and score the runner from third,” Collins said. “I happened to get enough of it and get it down the line.”
Rea and designated hitter Brent Rooker had two hits a piece.
MSU had a chance to take the lead in the seventh inning, but stranded runners at second and third.
The Rebels took advantage of an error by Seth Heck at third in the eighth inning and Robinson had a two-out RBI single that proved to be the game-winner.
Robinson had two doubles and three runs batted in.
The Bulldog outfield was playing shallow on both of his hits.
“He had seven extra base hits in (175) at bats,” Cohen said when asked if the scouting report was to bring the outfield in. “You tell me?”
The Bulldogs would still be in the SEC Tournament if the season ended today.
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A&M 16-7 (.696)
UF 15-10 (.600)
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Auburn 12-12 (.500)
OM 12-13 (.480)
UK 11-12 (.478)
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