April 28, 2012

Rebels even series on Bulldog blunders

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State saw its five-game winning streak come to a close Saturday afternoon.

No. 18 Ole Miss took advantage of three Bulldog errors at third base and belted a two-run homer in the first inning for a 6-2 victory to even the weekend series.

"It's just one of those things where we didn't execute some little things," said MSU skipper John Cohen. "Third base overall seemed to be our bug-a-boo today."

With the game tied 2-2, Daryl Norris committed two errors at the hot corner and defensive replacement Sam Frost added another over the final three frames giving the Rebels more opportunities.

Ole Miss (28-15, 10-10) finished the day with 10 hits led by catcher Will Allen's 2-for-3 performance with a pair of doubles.

First baseman Matt Snyder also added a two-run homer in the first inning to get the Rebels on the board first off State starter Kendall Graveman.

"I really think Kendall threw better than what he got," Cohen said. "He made the one poor pitch to Snyder there that left the ballpark with the change-up. He didn't have as much power sink as he normally does. When you see a lot of fly ball outs, that's just not who Kendall is. He certainly pitched well enough to win this ballgame. We just didn't defend it as well as we should have behind him."

The Diamond Dogs got a two-run blast of its own in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up. Following a leadoff walk to Adam Frazier, Mitch Slauter connected on a Mike Mayers pitch that had just enough to get over the left field wall.

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