PEARL, MS (WLOX) - A crowd of 8,542, the largest crowd to watch a baseball game at Trustmark Park in Pearl, watched Mississippi State pitching put the clamps on Ole Miss, keeping the Rebels off the scoreboard Tuesday night.
Ryan Cyr, Zac Houston of Poplarville and Jacob Billingsley combined on a nine-hit shutout in the annual Governor's Cup.
The Bulldogs hold a 3-1 advantage over the Rebels in head-to-head games played this season. It was the first shutout in the 10-year history of the Governor's Cup and it was the sixth shutout by Mississippi State pitching this season.
Mississippi state freshman sensation Jake Mangum singled in the bottom of the first and Nathaniel Lowe walked. Reid Humphrey would step up to the plate and belt a single that scored the games first run.
Following a walk, Jack Kruger took second on a wild pitch and would come home on a base hit by Lowe to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage after three innings.
Cyr tossed four inning, allowed four hits with one strikeout and two walks. Houston (2-2) pitched 2.2 innings of relief. He allowed three hits and tossed two strikeouts. Billingsley stranded two Rebels in the eighth inning and worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to post his first save. In 2.1 innings he gave up two hits with three strikeouts.
"Those guys have been working hard, "MSU assistant coach West Johnson said. "Cyr didn't travel with us this past weekend after he pitched well in Biloxi. So his preparation was really god for this start. Proud of the whole staff because they really challenged the hitters and filled the strike zone."
J.B. Woodman and Henri Lartigue each had two hits for the Rebels. Starting pitcher Chad Smith threw five innings for Ole Miss and suffered the loss, his 4th on the season against 3 wins.
Mississippi State travels to Alabama beginning 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Ole Miss will entertain LSU beginning Thursday night in Oxford.
Tulane defeated LSU 4-1 Tuesday night in New Orleans. The Green Wave have beaten the Tigers twice this season.