Daily Journal, wire reports

STARKVILLE -- Connor Powers' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Mississippi State past Samford 7-6 in college baseball action Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field.

The Bulldogs trailed 6-1 in the eighth inning before rallying.

The homestanding Bulldogs rallied with two runs in the eighth inning and four more scores in the ninth inning. Mitch Moreland pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the win for the MSU.

Jeffrey Rea, Brandon Turner, Brian LaNinfa each had multiple hits for MSU, which totaled 11 in the game. Powers had three RBIs for the Bulldogs. Samford also made a pair of errors opening the door for the big MSU ninth inning.

Alabama 3, Mississippi Valley 1: Kent Matthes led with a solo home run to help Alabama to a victory at home.

The Crimson Tide (16-8) scored in the first inning for the fourth consecutive game when they struck for three runs, led by Matthes' homer. The Delta Devils (8-17) were coming off a three-game sweep against Alcorn State over the weekend.

Alabama starting pitcher Brian Griggs pitched six scoreless innings surrendering five hits and one run while striking out seven. Will Stroup pitched three scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first save of the season.

The Tide will return to SEC play this weekend at Ole Miss.

South Carolina 13, Wofford 1: Justin Smoak had three hits and James Darnell drove in three runs to lead South Carolina to victory at Spartanburg.

The Gamecocks (19-3) scored in seven of nine innings and had 14 hits in front of a record crowd of 2,514 at Russell C. King Field.

Robbie Grinestaff's two-run homer in the second gave South Carolina a 3-0 lead.

Brandon Waring scored the only run for the Terriers (16-7) on a solo home run in the fourth that cut the Gamecocks lead to 4-1.

Darnell had a two-run homer in the sixth and South Carolina batted around in the seventh, scoring four runs, including Adam Crisp's two-run homer.

Arik Hempy (1-0) got his first start for the Gamecocks since undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his left elbow last spring. He pitched a predetermined three innings, allowing just one hit and no runs, striking out three and walking one to get the win. Five South Carolina relievers combined to allow just four more hits the rest of the way.

Wofford starter Jesse Cole (0-1) allowed three hits and three runs, two of them earned, walking two and striking out one to pick up the loss.

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