Fitts gives Catamounts tantrums as MSU rolls

Published 11:23 pm Saturday, February 15, 2014

Trevor Fitts struck out a career-high 11 batters and walked only one in six innings Saturday to lead Mississippi State past Western Carolina 6-1 for the Bulldogs’ first victory of the season.

Fitts, a junior right-hander, allowed seven hits and one run before giving way to the bullpen. Jonathan Holder pitched the last 11⁄3 innings for his first save of the year.

Wes Rea and Jake Vickerson each drove in two runs for the Bulldogs (1-1), who scored three times in the bottom of the fourth inning and three more times in the eighth.

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Ole Miss 11, Stetson 1

Ole Miss used big days at the plate from Austin Anderson and Will Allen to crush Stetson 11-1 on Saturday. Anderson went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, while Allen doubled, homered and drove in five runs. Allen’s three-run home run in the top of the first inning gave the Rebels a lead they never relinquished.

Christian Trent allowed one run on three hits, and struck out six in six innings to earn the win.

Ole Miss has outscored Stetson 18-1 in the first two games of the three-game series.

Southern Miss 11, Chicago State 8

Southern Miss ralled for six runs in the top of the ninth inning Saturday night to beat Chicago State 11-8 and earn a split of a pair of season-opening games at the McNeese State Cowboy Classic in Lake Charles, La.

Southern Miss lost its opener Saturday morning, 4-2 to Missouri.

In the nightcap, the Golden Eagles trailed 8-5 heading to the top of the ninth. Three straight singles and a hit batter brought in one run, then Will Robbins tied the game with a two-run single to center. Robbins later scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Durst.

Two more runs scored on an error to give USM an 11-8 lead, and Bradley Roney retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to lock down the win.