Bulldogs earn walk-off win over LSU

Published 12:36 am Sunday, May 3, 2015

The series lost, the season slipping away, Mississippi State pulled together Saturday to close Dudy Noble Field for the season with a bang.

Jake Vickerson doubled and then scored on Seth Heck’s single in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 win in walk-off fashion over top-ranked LSU.

Mississippi State (24-24, 8-16 Southeastern Conference) lost the first two games of the series, but stayed alive for a berth in the SEC Tournament by winning its final home game of the season.

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It was just the second win for the Bulldogs in their last 11 games.

“Really happy to win this game,” Mississippi State coach John Cohen said. “For about three weeks now, these kids have really been needing something good to happen to them.”

Vickerson finished with three hits and three runs scored, none bigger than the last of each. Gavin Collins homered for the Bulldogs, while Reid Humphreys and Wes Rea drove in two runs apiece.

Chris Chinea hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning for LSU to tie the game at 7. The Tigers (40-8, 16-7) scored three times in the inning for the sixth lead change or tie in the game.

Chinea finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Conner Hale was 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored, and Alex Bregman had two hits and scored twice.

Missouri 18, Ole Miss 1

Missouri (28-19, 14-9 SEC) hit five home runs, and four hitters had at least three RBIs apiece as the Tigers routed Ole Miss (24-24, 10-13) to win their weekend series in Columbia.

Trey Harris, Jake Ivory, Brett Bond, Chris Akmon and Josh Lester all went deep for Missouri, which scored five runs in the fifth inning and eight in the sixth.

Lester drove in four runs, and Harris and Bond three apiece. Ryan Howard went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Nic Perkins had two hits for Ole Miss, which didn’t score until Henri Lartigue delivered an RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The teams will finish the three-game series today at 1 p.m.

Southern Miss 4, Marshall 0

Kirk McCarty, Luke Lowery and Ryan Milton combined on a shutout, Chase Scott had an RBI and a run scored, and Southern Miss (26-16-1, 12-10 Conference USA) blanked Marshall (16-29, 8-15) for the second consecutive game.

McCarty (4-1) started and pitched into the eighth inning. He allowed six hits and no walks, and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings. Lowery pitched a third of an inning and Milton worked the ninth.

Scott was the offensive star for the Golden Eagles. He walked and scored the team’s first run on a single by Nick Dawson in the third inning. He then delivered an RBI double in the sixth to make it 3-0.

Southern Miss won its fifth consecutive game and will go for the sweep today at 11 a.m.