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University of Mississippi – Ole Miss Athletics
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University of Mississippi – Ole Miss Athletics

BY JEFF ROBERSON

OXFORD, Madam – Ole Miss and Murray State battled for 15 innings on Wednesday and the Racers came away with a 12-9 victory.

Ole Miss is now 25-23 on the season overall, while Murray State improved to 31-18.

The game remained tied 8-8 for nine full innings, with neither team scoring until the 15th. In the top of that inning, Riley Hawthorne singled for the Racers with one out. Ethan Krizen and Parker Estes then walked. Then it was Drew Vogel’s grand slam that followed that gave MSU a 12-8 lead.

Ole Miss did score one run in the bottom of the fifteenth Treyson Hughes homered to right field to cut Racer’s lead to three. But that was all the Rebels could get and after five hours and forty minutes the match was over.

Malik Pogue (2-0), the last of nine pitchers for Murray State, picked up the win. JT Quinn (1-3), the eighth of 10 Rebel pitchers, was given the loss.

After Ole Miss starting pitcher Grayson Saunier had a good top of the first inning for the Rebels, Ole Miss got two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but left the bases loaded, otherwise the lead would have been bigger. Ethan Groff led off with a walk and stole second base. Jackson Ross walked and Will Furniss walked. With one out and bases loaded, Luc Heuvel was hit by a pitch and Groff scored. After two outs, Campbell Smithwick walked to score Ross.

In the top of the second inning, the Racers scored two runs, and the score remained that way until Ole Miss scored a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. Smithwick homered to right in the fourth inning, the first round-tripper of his college career. An inning later Andreas Fischer opened the frame with a home run to right. Later in the inning, Smithwick singled up the middle to score Furniss, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

Ole Miss’ 5-2 lead didn’t last long. In the top of the sixth inning, Taylor Howell launched a solo home run with two outs to cut the UM lead to 5-3. After Fischer singled, Furniss doubled to give Ole Miss a 6-3 lead. a Luc Heuvel A fly ball to left scored Ross, who had reached on a hit by pitch, making it 7-3.

A four-run top in the seventh inning for MSU tied the game at 7-7, the big shot being a three-run homer by Jonathan Hogart. Murray State took the lead 8-7 in the eighth on a double by Hawthorne and an RBI single by Krizen.

After Murray State scored no runs in the top of the ninth, the Rebels got back to work. Team captain Reagan Burford got things going when there were already two zeros. Burford hit a double to right center, followed by back-to-back singles for Groff and Fischer. Ross reached base on a walk and the score was 8-8. Then the overtime began, lasting until 15.

The Rebels had 13 hits in the game, led by Smithwick’s 4-for-7 night along with three RBI and his first home run. Vogel had 5 RBI for Murray State.

Ole Miss hosts Texas A&M for three games this weekend, with the series opener on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Stay up to date with the latest Rebels news and information by following Ole Miss baseball on X on @OleMissBSB, on Facebook at Facebook.com/OleMissBaseball, on Instagram at Instagram.com/officialolemissbsb and on TikTok at @olemissbsb. Also follow head coach Mike Bianco at X @CoachMikeBianco.