A crowd of 5,5533 battled through late-afternoon showers to watch the latest matchup between in-state rivals played at the minor league home of the Class AA Mississippi Braves. The annual non-conference series is now tied at three games apiece.
Ole Miss (25-12) broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fourth inning. Bulldog starter Brandon Woodruff (0-1) was lifted with two outs in the fourth inning. A true freshman, Woodruff allowed seven hits and five runs (all earned), with three strikeouts and one walk.
In relief, Luis Pollorena had his longest outing of the season. Pollorena allowed three hits and one run (earned) in 5.1 innings of work, with five strikeouts and no walks.
Down 5-1, the Bulldogs (21-16) rallied with two runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Wes Rea started things with a one-out walk. Mitch Slauter followed with a single to left field. A wild pitch advanced both runners. A sacrifice-fly by Hunter Renfroe scored one run, while Tyler Fullerton had an RBI-single for the other.
The Bulldogs did not have another hit until a one-out single by Frazier in the eighth inning. MSU stranded two base runners in the eighth inning and another in the ninth inning.
Ole Miss relief pitcher Hawtin Buchanan (1-0) earned game Most Valuable Player honors and the win. Buchanan struck out five and faced the minimum eight batters in 2.2 innings of hitless, shutout relief. Aaron Greenwood worked around a pair of hits in one inning of relief work. Dylan Chavez closed the contest for his first save.
UM starter Sam Smith was also lifted with two outs in the fourth inning, after allowing four hits and three runs (all earned).
The Bulldogs had six hits and stranded six base runners, while making two errors. Fullerton had two singles for his second multi-hit game in the Maroon and White.
Ole Miss finished with 10 hits. Matt Snyder had three hits and two RBIs, while Tanner Mathis had two hits. Snyder had RBI-singles in the first and eighth innings and also had a hit during UM's four-run, five-hit fourth inning.
Thursday, the Bulldogs return to SEC play with the opening-game of a three-game Super Bulldog Weekend Series with Tennessee. Fans are encouraged to wear white for the contest, which will be televised nationally by ESPNU as part of its Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week package.
Grandstand seating will be open to all who attend the game Thursday night. However, regular season ticket holders will have first claim to their seats. he evening will be capped with a postgame fireworks display. Game times for MSU and Tennessee are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.