Mississippi State 7, Ole Miss 6, college baseball final

MSU's Jake Mangum
For Starkville Daily News

When the odds look the longest, the Mississippi State baseball team keeps coming through.

A two-run double by Luke Alexander in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed MSU to knock off No. 5 Ole Miss in the annual Governor’s Cup battle played before a crowd of 8,515 at Trustmark Park.

“It was an exciting game between two rivals,” MSU head coach Gary Henderson said. “The fans saw a great game and they saw a huge win for our ball club. We are competing at a higher level. We are having more competitive at-bats. You can see the strides we have made with this team.”

MSU erased a deficit on four occasions during the contest, including a 4-3 deficit in the seventh inning before trailing 6-5 in the ninth inning.

MSU secured the Governor’s Cup for a third-straight season. Dating back to the 2016 MSU-Ole Miss late-season game in Pearl, the Bulldogs have won eight of the last nine games in the overall series.

For Joel Coleman's recap of the game, see Wednesday's edition of the Starkville Daily News or continue reading starkvilledailynews.com.