JONESBORO, Ark. (5/15/18) – Arkansas State belted four home runs, but it wasn't enough as No. 4 Ole Miss scored multiple runs in five innings to defeat the Red Wolves 15-8 Tuesday night at Tomlinson Stadium.
Kyle MacDonald had a big night at the plate for A-State (18-30) going 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. MacDonald hit his first blast of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo shot and then followed with a mammoth two-run blast to center field in the next inning.
MacDonald now leads the team with 13 home runs on the year, which is the most for an A-State player since Murray Watts also had 13 blasts in 2010.
Grant Hawkins led off the game for the Red Wolves with a solo home run, and Jacob Jablonski notched his first-career home run with a three-run shot to right field in the sixth inning. Jablonski and MacDonald combined to drive in six of A-State' eight runs on the night, four of which came in the sixth inning.
Casey Vaughan, who went 2-for-3, scored on a passed ball in the second inning for A-State.
Ole Miss (40-13) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning and never trailed in the contest. After Hawkins hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the first inning, the Rebels responded with a run in the second and two more in the third to push their lead to 6-2 after three innings.
The lead grew to 10-2 after the top of the fifth inning, but Jablonski and MacDonald helped get A-State within four runs after their home runs, but Ole Miss answered again with three runs in the top of the seventh and two more in the eighth that book-ended MacDonald's two-run homer in the seventh inning.