Tatum’s gem keeps Bulldogs rolling

Published 10:30 am Monday, March 2, 2015

Thirteen was indeed Mississippi State’s lucky number.

Vance Tatum allowed two hits in eight-plus innings, Seth Heck went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored, and the Bulldogs beat Samford 6-2 on Sunday.

The Bulldogs, ranked 13th in the Baseball America Top 25 poll, won their 13th game in a row to start the season.

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They beat Samford and Arizona twice each this weekend by allowing eight earned runs in 36 innings.

Tatum (2-0) struck out 12 on Sunday, walked two and gave up two runs. He gave way to Trevor Fitts in the ninth inning. Fitts gave up two hits but didn’t allow a run to lock down the victory.

“I really had a good feel at the beginning of the game. The last couple of starts I built my endurance up a little bit and I had a good feel for three of my pitches,” Tatum said.

 UCF 3, Ole Miss 2

Ole Miss 4, UCF 3

Orlando native Sikes Orvis homered in the third inning and drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to lift Ole Miss to a 4-3 win over Central Florida (10-1) in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday.

Orvis went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and also walked twice while playing in front of family and friends in his hometown.

Colby Bortles also homered for the Rebels (6-4).

Wyatt Short (2-1) struck out four in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.

In game one, Jordan Savinon hit a two-run homer to give UCF a 3-2 win. Savinon was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Ole Miss dropped the first two games of the series before salvaging the finale.

“To win the last game, you feel a little better going home,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We’re close. That’s a team over there that is playing with a ton of confidence. We seemed to execute and make pitches when we had to.”

Ole Miss is scheduled to face Southern Miss Tuesday in Hattiesburg, then hosts Stetson in a three-game series beginning Friday.

Southern Miss 5, Troy 0

James McMahon scattered six hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out eight in a complete-game shutout as Southern Miss (5-4-1) beat Troy (7-4) to notch a series win on Sunday.

McMahon (2-0) threw his second complete game in a row. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

Connor Barron paced Southern Miss at the plate by going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Matt Durst had three hits, and Tim Lynch was 2-for-4 with an RBI double.