BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pitching and timely hitting guided No. 20 Mississippi State past No. 12 Ole Miss 8-3 before a record setting crowd of 8,496 at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
The game did not count in the Southeastern Conference standings.
Lucas Laster got his first career start and gave up only two hits and three runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Vance Tatum (2-0) relieved Laster and allowed a sacrifice fly ball that game Ole Miss a 3-2 lead.
Mississippi State would rally in the sixth inning and grabbed a 5-3 lead. Former Harrison Central standout Wes Rea belted a two run double down the left field line and the Bulldogs were in control.
"I think the story of the game was Wes Rea," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "He gets the error at first and things haven't been going Wes' way. All of a sudden, he makes two scoop plays and got two huge hits in the ball game for us. The true mark of a senior is what happens after a mistake and he came to me and said 'Coach,I'm going to block that thing up, don't worry. I'm going to help us win this game' and that's exactly what he ended up doing."
Mississippi State extended its winning streak to five straight games.
Ole Miss could manage only three hits on the night and used seven pitchers. Reliever Preston Tarkington (0-1) suffered the loss in 0.1 innings of work.
Southern Miss (25-17) traveled to Tuscaloosa Tuesday night and head back to Hattiesburg with an impressive road win. The Golden Eagles upset eighth ranked Alabama 6-3 as Mason Robbins had four hits and drove in four runs, including a two-run homer, his fourth on the season, in the eighth inning.
"He has struggled for us this year but he hasn't quit working on trying to get out of it,"said Southern Miss head coach Scott Berry. "He has never given in and been determined to get out of it and give everything that he can. Hopefully this will give him a lot of confidence and get him in the right direction."
Cameron Giannini gave up only one run over 5 2/3 innings on five hits, four walks and five strikeouts improving to 3-2 on the season.
LSU pitching continues to get the job done for the tenth ranked Tigers(31-10-1). LSU blanked Tulane 6-0 Tuesday night in Baton Rouge getting a little revenge after losing a 3-2 decision to the Green Wave earlier this season.
The Tigers have recorded 13 shutouts on the year, a single-season LSU record.