Rebels even series; MSU loses in 12th

Published 11:39 pm Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ole Miss came through in the clutch, and came away with a win over the country’s top team.

The Rebels scored eight runs with two outs, and snapped Kentucky’s 21-game home winning streak with a 9-3 victory Saturday.

Matt Snyder drove in five runs with a pair of home runs — a grand slam in the fifth inning and a solo shot in the sixth — for Ole Miss (21-9, 6-5 Southeastern Conference).

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Snyder’s grand slam highlighted an eight-run outburst that snapped a scoreless tie. Seven of the runs came after Auston Bousfield struck out with two runners on for the second out of the inning. Snyder’s second home run also came with two outs.

“We had a lot of two-out hits and clutch hits today that we didn’t get last night,” said Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. “What broke the ice for us was (Andrew) Mistone came up with the double to open the fifth. Then we got the single from Blake and things just started going. Matt Snyder really broke things open for us.”

Mistone went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Mike Mayers (3-2) pitched 71⁄3 innings to get the win.

Thomas McCarthy and A.J. Reed both homered for Kentucky (29-3, 8-3), which is ranked No. 1 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll.

Ole Miss can win its second straight series against a top-ranked team by beating the Wildcats again today. Last weekend, Ole Miss took two out of three games from Florida, which was ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll at the time and is still No. 1 in the Baseball America poll.