May 4, 2011 8:52:00 AM
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mississippi State baseball team scored 10 times in the seventh inning Tuesday night to rally past South Alabama 15-9 in a non-conference college game at Stanky Field.
The Bulldogs improved to 18-5 in non-conference games this season and 26-18 overall. South Alabama fell to 22-22.
The 26th victory marks the most in the John Cohen''s three seasons as MSU coach. It also gives the Bulldogs its highest win total since the 2007 College World Series-participant Bulldogs finished with 38 wins.
MSU trailed 9-5 before sending 14 batters to the plate in the seventh. It was MSU''s second biggest inning of the season, trailing only a 13-run first at-bat in a 17-2 win against Lamar earlier this season. The Bulldogs have scored eight or more runs in four different frames this year.
The Bulldogs finished with 17 hits. Nick Vickerson, Jaron Shepherd, Brent Brownlee, and Adam Frazier each had three hits. Brownlee had a career-high five RBIs, including a two-run double and two-run triple in the seventh.
Jarrod Parks extended his hit streak to 17 games.
"This was a really big win for us," Brownlee said. "South Alabama is always a team that comes out hitting the ball hard. We knew they would score some runs. However, our pitching settled down and we were able to have the big inning.
"A night like this is good and will give us some confidence going into a really big series this weekend at Tennessee."
Daryl Norris (2-0) worked the final 3 1/3 innings to earn the win. He allowed two hits and no runs, with three strikeouts and a walk. Andrew Busby started but was lifted after back-to-back one-out hits in the second.
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