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Ole Miss evens the series against Mississippi State in crazy 10-9 extra innings win

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For a minute in the top of the eighth, it appeared that Mississippi State had taken a commanding lead over Ole Miss and were just six outs away from wrapping up a series win. Ole Miss decided otherwise, tying the game with four runs in the bottom of that inning, then coming from behind twice more to capture a 10-9 win over their rivals from Starkville.

State led 7-3 in the eighth, but Bulldog reliever Cam Schuelke was tagged for three hits to pull the Rebels within 1. After a pitching change, Ethan Groff doubled to bring in the tying run. The teams would play two scoreless frames before State’s Hunter Hines unloaded on a pitch to give the Bulldogs a lead.

The Rebels would retaliate in the bottom of the 11th, scoring off a single, wild pitch, and an error. In the 12th, the most improbable Bulldog to hit a home run did exactly that, as catcher Johnny Long put a shot into his own team’s bullpen to grab a 9-8 lead. His celebration led to a fiery rant by Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco, that was picked up on the stadium mic. Bianco was ejected following that, but his team found a way without him. In the bottom of the 12th, State’s freshman reliever Nolan Stevens loaded the bases without a hit before giving up a two out single to Rebel first baseman Jackson Ross that set off a huge celebration for the home squad.

Ole Miss goes to 19-16, 4-10 in the SEC, and Mississippi State falls to 22-13 and back to .500 in conference play at 7-7. The rubber game will be tomorrow at 1:30, with Ole Miss throwing junior right hander Mason Nichols. Mississippi State coach Chris Lemonis said in postgame he had not made a decison on the Bulldogs’ starter.

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