UK baseball tops Mississippi State in 11 innings

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Chris Bisson's two late hits helped send Kentucky past Mississippi State 5-4 in an 11-inning series opener Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.

Bisson had an RBI single in the ninth inning, giving the Wildcats a short-lived 3-2 lead. After MSU battled back to tie on a Connor Powers' RBI single, Bisson delivered the game-winner in the 11th with a two-run triple to the right-center gap.

UK rallied from a 2-0 deficit by scoring single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

The Cats snapped a seven-game conference losing streak and improved to 20-16 overall and 5-11 in league play. MSU, led by former UK coach John Cohen, fell to 19-19 and 5-11.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the second inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Russ Sneed led off with an infield hit. After a walk to Scott DeLoach, both he and Sneed advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jet Butler. A wild pitch scored Sneed. DeLoach came home on a two-out RBI single by Ryan Powers.

The Wildcats finally scored on Bryan Rose's bases-loaded ground out in the seventh. Andy Burns led off the eighth inning with a solo homer to tie the game at 2-all.

Braden Kapteyn (3-0) threw the final 32⁄3 innings for the win. UK starter James Paxton allowed six hits and two runs over seven innings of work.