Ole Miss rallies to defeat Mississippi State 12-10, win rivalry series

Published 12:34 am Sunday, May 2, 2010

STARKVILLE — The Ole Miss Rebels overcame a 5-2 deficit with eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to post a 12-10 victory over Mississippi State in a game that was delayed more than 45 minutes because of rain.

Ole Miss was trailing 5-2 entering the top of the fifth inning, but scored five runs in the inning to take a 7-5 lead.

Mississippi State tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Rebels came back with four more runs in the top of the sixth to take an 11-7 lead.

Mississippi State once again came back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 11-10, but Rebel pitchers Trent Rothlin and Brett Huber held the Bulldogs scoreless the remainder of the game.

Huber worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save of the series and seventh of the season.

Matt Crouse (5-1) got the win for Ole Miss in relief while Greg Houston (5-1) was tagged with the loss for the Bulldogs.

Matt Snyder drove in three runs for the Rebels on a 2 for 6 day at the plate, while Tim Ferguson and Kevin Mort both had two RBIs for Ole Miss.

The Rebels rapped out 14 hits in the game.

Mississippi State was led at the plate by Nick Vickerson, who was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Luke Adkins also had three RBIs for the Bulldogs, who committed three costly errors in the loss.

The series will conclude today with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 1:30 p.m.