Wes Rea Leads Mississippi State to Win in SEC Action

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PEARL, Miss. – Junior first baseman Wes Rea hit a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to break a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning to lift Mississippi State to a win over No. 14 Ole Miss 7-3. Rea also singled and scored in the ninth inning on senior second baseman Brett Pirtle‘s single to close out the Bulldogs’ scoring on his 2-for-4 night.

Pirtle went 2-for-3 scoring the game-tying run in the sixth and another run in the seventh as Mississippi State broke the game open. Freshman catcher Gavin Collins went 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the third to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

Junior left fielder Braxton Lee opened the night scoring on a Austin Anderson (Sr., 3B)sac fly after leading off the game being hit by a pitch giving Ole Miss a 1-0 lead. With the Rebels down 2-1 in the sixth, Anderson reached on a fielding error by Rea and then scored after three consecutive hitters were hit by a pitch to tie the game.

Mississippi State turned to freshman lefty Vance Tatum with the bases loaded in the sixth and he surrendered a sac fly to Erroll Robinson (Fr., SS)  scoring Brantley Bell (Fr., DH) giving Ole Miss the 3-2 lead. Tatum would shut down the Rebels from there allowing a hit while striking out three over the game’s final three and two-third innings for the win.

SEC Baseball Scores

HOUSTON, Texas – Corey Ray allowed an earned run over six innings of work on five hits and three walks while Logan Taylor hit a two-run triple and scored twice as Texas A&M upsets No. 17 Rice 6-5. Cole Lankford went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the effort as Ray remained unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Jake Fraley went 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead No. 6 LSU to a 6-0 with over Tulane. Mark Laird contributed an RBI double and a run scored while Kyle Bouman threw 4.2 shut out innings in the victory.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Ben Moore just missed hitting for the cycle on a three-hit night that included a double and a triple while scoring a run and driving in another but No. 13 Alabama fell to UAB 6-3. Mikey White scored a run and drove in another while Geoffrey Bramblett lost his first game of the season allowing three earned runs over 3.1 innings of work.

HOUSTON, Texas – Corey Ray allowed an earned run over six innings of work on five hits and three walks while Logan Taylor hit a two-run triple and scored twice as Texas A&M upsets No. 17 Rice 6-5. Cole Lankford went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the effort as Ray remained unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Brian Anderson goes 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored to lead Arkansas to an 8-1 win over Northwestern State. Blake Baxendale drove in two runs while Andrew Benintendi and Joe Serrano each scored twice. Jackson Lowery improved to 1-1 throwing 3.1 scoreless innings with four strike outs.

AUBURN, Ala. – Blake Austin and Keegan Thompson each went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI each to lead Auburn to a 6-1 win over South Alabama. Blake Logan went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI while Daniel Koger led the pitching effort with 4.1 innings pitched allowing an earned run with five strike outs.

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Mark West
Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC