OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, and the two games could not have been less similar.
In the early game, the Rebels took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Will Allen and cruised to a 3-0 win. Starter Mike Mayers pitched seven strong innings and allowed just two hits while striking out five.
Mayers was credited with the win in Game 1, starting Saturday's portion of the game for the Rebels. Bobby Wahl pitched the first inning for Ole Miss on Friday night, striking out 3 of the 4 batters he faced.
Wahl is likely to get the start in Sunday's series finale.
In Saturday's late game, things went a little differently.
Mississippi State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, though Ole Miss ended the frame with some momentum after Brett Pirtle was thrown out at the plate trying to make it 3-0.
The Rebels responded instantly, plating four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. Auston Bousfield drove in three of the Ole Miss runs in the frame on a bases-loaded triple.
MSU cut the lead to just a single run on a Wes Rea RBI-single in the third, but the Rebel offense took over shortly after that.
Ole Miss scored two runs in three straight innings - the fifth, sixth and seventh - to reach double-digits on the scoreboard for the first time since April 26th against Kentucky.
MSU scored in each of the last three innings, and got the tying run to first before Adam Frazier flew out to deep center field to end the game.
Bousfield paced the Ole Miss offense with a 3-for-5, 5 RBI performance in Saturday's late game. He went 4-for-8 overall on the day.
Mississippi State picked up 17 hits in the late game, a season-best for the Diamond Dogs during conference play. Ole Miss finished the game with 11 hits.
Ole Miss is now (35-16, 14-12 SEC) on the season, while Mississippi State dropped to (36-15, 13-13 SEC). MSU dropped its fifth conference series of the 2013 season and lost a series in Oxford for the first time since 2007. The series win is the first for the Rebels in their last three.
The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.