STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State snapped a three-game losing streak to Southern Mississippi last night with 7-6 win in Starkville. Ryan Duffy's solo home run off a 1-0 fastball cleared Dudy Noble Field's left field fence in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending teammates onto the field to celebrate. Mississippi State improves to 18-15 with the win. Southern Miss falls to 20-11. Mississippi State turned five double plays in the game, tying a school record set in 1983.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Ole Miss returns to Southeastern Conference play tomorrow when it hosts South Carolina in the first game of a three-game weekend series. The first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. The Rebels are coming off its eighth consecutive victory, a 7-0 non-conference win over New Orleans at Oxford-University Stadium.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Mississippi Braves open their home season tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. The M-Braves are the defending Southern League champions. They saw a 12.5 percent decline in regular-season attendance last year compared with their first season in 2005. The Braves have lowered the cost of season tickets, introduced partial-season ticket plans, and a plan where companies and groups can co-lease luxury suites during the season.
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) -- Southern Mississippi's football team held a scrimmage yesterday in Ocean Springs and it was the offense that owned the day. Quarterback Austin Davis appeared as sharp as ever despite the fact that he's without his big play target in DeAndre Brown. Davis completed 21 of 29 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Coach Larry Fedora praised the offense, but said "the defense didn't show up."
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