February 26, 2018 11:36:25 AM
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Andriud Martinez had an RBI single in the sixth for the go-ahead run, and Drake Osborn had a two-run single in the seventh to help lift the Texas A&M Corpus Christi baseball team to a 6-3 victory against Mississippi State on Sunday in its final game of the Kleberg Bank Classic at Whataburger Field.
MSU (3-4) had only seven hits and had its three-game winning streak snapped.
"Even though seven hits doesn't show it, we had some really good at-bats," MSU interim coach Gary Henderson said. "We have made a lot of improvement there. On the mound, we got the leadoff hitter in seven innings. That means you have to do a better job of putting away batters and closing out innings. We just need a little more efficiency and focus on the mound."
The Bulldogs erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring once in the third and a 3-1 deficit by scoring twice in the fifth. The Islanders moved ahead for good with a single score in the sixth and then used a two-run single (on an apparent three-run home run changed by a base running error) in the seventh.
Texas A&M-CC (6-1) struck first after MSU could not cash in the first inning. Jake Mangum doubled and Hunter Stovall singled but each runner was stranded. The Islanders then scored on a two-out RBI single by Thomas Jeffries.
A solo home run by freshman infielder Justin Foscue got the Bulldogs on the board in the third.
The big blow in the Islanders' fourth inning was a two-out, two-run single by Martinez after the bases were loaded on walks.
In the fifth, Foscue got things going with a single. Mangum tripled and Stovall followed with a game-tying sacrifice fly.
Mangum had three hits, while Stovall and Foscue had two.
Jacob Billingsley went the first 3 2/3 innings and allowed four hits and three runs (all earned). He walked four and struck out one. Zach Neff surrendered six hits and three runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.
MSU will face UT Rio Grande Valley at 7 tonight in Edinburg, Texas.
MSU's Josh Hatcher, Mangum, Tanner Allen and pitcher Ethan Small were named to the all-tournament team. Martinez was named MVP.
n No. 16 Ole Miss 6, Tulane 3: At Oxford, A five-run sixth inning and home runs from Thomas Dillard and Cooper Johnson helped the No. 16 Rebels (7-0) sweep the Green Wave.
James McArthur allowed two runs in5 1/3 innings. He trailed 2-1 before Ole Miss broke the game open in the sixth.
Dillard put the team's first run on the board early in the fourth with a home run to right field to tie the score at one.
The score remained that way until the fifth, when a pair of singles resulted in the Green Wave's second run. Jordan Fowler came on in relief of McArthur. Fowler earned the win after one inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Grae Kessinger continued his early season tear by opening up the inning with a single before Nick Fortes reached on a fielder's choice and Dillard walked. With the bases loaded, team captain Will Golsan delivered a two-RBI single to left field. Johnson followed with a three-run home run just over the left-field wall.
The Green Wave threatened with an eighth that saw them score a run on a sacrifice fly, but the bullpen shut down the threat with an inning-ending strikeout.
Greer Holston and Will Stokes followed Fowler and set the stage for Dallas Woolfolk, who picked up his fourth save of the year.
Ole Miss will take on Murray State at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the final game of an eight-game homestand.
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