PEARL, Miss. -- In front of a stadium-record crowd, the No. 9 Mississippi State baseball program claimed its fourth-straight Governor's Cup with an 8-1 victory over No. 23 Ole Miss on Tuesday (April 23) evening at Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves.
After the Rebels (27-15) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, the Bulldogs (33-9) scored eight unanswered runs between the fifth and eighth innings, including a pair of three-run innings in the sixth and seventh.
After Ole Miss scratched across the first run of the contest, sophomore Rowdey Jordan knotted the score with a solo home run in the fifth. Sophomore Justin Foscue plated the next two runs with a two-RBI double down the right-field line in the sixth inning to give MSU the lead for good.
For his go-ahead RBIs, Foscue earned Most Valuable Player honors for the 2019 Governor's Cup.
Senior Jake Mangum, junior Dustin Skelton, and sophomores Tanner Allen and Jordan Westburg, each plated one RBI in the contest.
The trio of Allen, Jordan and Westburg each moved reached base streaks to 10 games.
After senior Peyton Plumlee threw the first four innings, giving way to redshirt-junior Keegan James for two-thirds of an inning. Redshirt-junior Trysten Barlow (3-1) entered and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. He allowed just one hit and struck out two.
Junior Colby White fanned two in a scoreless seventh and senior Jared Liebelt fired the final two innings scoreless with two strikeouts.
Head Coach Chris Lemonis
On the offense getting going late
"I thought we started a little slow, but you have to tip your hat to their guy. I thought [Zack Phillips] was mixing [his pitches] and we weren't on anything early. Then Rowdey [Jordan] gets us the big hit and then we strung together some really good at bats. That is what has been missing lately…just some good at bats."
On his thoughts about his first Governor's Cup
"I thought it was awesome. It was the first time for me to be in this park. The big crowd, [in a] nice park and everyone involved has been great. Our kids were ready to play, so I give them credit. They know this is a big game for everyone [in the state]. It was exciting. It was fun."
Justin Foscue – Moved his reached base streak to 10 games with a two-RBI double and earned MVP honors in the 2019 Governor's Cup. His 12th multi-RBI effort of the season plated the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning.
Jordan Westburg – A first-inning walk pushed his reached base streak to 10 games. He also reached on an error and a fielder's choice, scoring a run each time.
Tanner Allen – Reached base three times, scored once and drove in one RBI. Walked and scored, singled to plate an RBI and was hit by a pitch. Moved his reached base streak to 10 games.
Trysten Barlow – Threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his third victory of the season. Allowed one hit and struck out two.
Record Crowd – A stadium-record 8,638 fans packed Trustmark Park on Tuesday evening.
Grae Kessinger – Drove in the lone RBI on a two-hit night.
Anthony Servideo – Reached base three times, with a single, double and walk. He scored Ole Miss' first run of the game.
Ole Miss got on the board first thanks to a pair of hits and a wild pitch. Anthony Servideo singled with one out, before moving to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Grae Kessinger doubled inside the bag at third to score Servideo.
Ole Miss 1, Mississippi State 0
Rowdey Jordan tied the game up with his fourth home run of the season to left field to lead off the inning.
Mississippi State 1, Ole Miss 1
After the inning started with a flyout, Jordan Westburg reached on a fielding error by the second baseman and Tanner Allen worked a walk from Ole Miss starting pitcher Zack Phillips. After the walk, the Rebels went to the bullpen and Elijah MacNamee dropped a base hit into right field to load the bases. Justin Foscue then doubled down the right-field line to score two to give MSU the lead. After an intentional walk to Jordan, Ole Miss went to the bullpen again, before Dustin Skelton plated the third run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right.
Mississippi State 4, Ole Miss 1
The first four hitters reached base safely, with three of them scoring in that span. Marshall Gilbert started the inning with a single and moved to third on a Jake Mangum base hit. Westburg plated a run with an RBI fielder's choice, putting runners at first and second with no outs. Allen followed with a single back up the middle, scoring Mangum. On the play, Westburg moved to third and Allen stretched into second base, with the Ole Miss catcher attempting to throw out Allen and the throw sailing into center field, allowing Westburg to score.
Mississippi State 7, Ole Miss 1
After a leadoff single from Skelton, Josh Hatcher grounded into a fielder's choice to put a runner at first with one out. A balk moved him to second and a wild pitch advanced him to third. Following a walk to Gilbert, Mangum drove in the eighth run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right.
Mississippi State 8, Ole Miss 1
Mississippi State will host No. 3 Georgia in a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Dudy Noble Field. The middle game in the series will begin at Noon on Saturday, April 27 and air live on the SEC Network. A Sunday, April 28 series finale will start at 1 p.m.