OXFORD | Recapping No. 21 MSU’s 10-8 loss to Ole Miss in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Swayze Field on Saturday.
• The buzz: MSU (36-15, 13-13 SEC) suffered a big blow today by dropping two games to the Rebels (35-16, 14-12). The Bulldogs fell behind their rival in the standings, and now there is concern that this could cost them an NCAA regional hosting bid. After being shut out in Game 1, State started fast offensively in the nightcap with two runs in the first. Then it had to play catchup.
• Big inning: Ole Miss scored four times in the first, with Bousfield’s bases-loaded triple giving his team a 3-2 lead. Holt Perdzock drove in a run with a sac fly.
• Key stats: MSU stranded 11 runners, Ole Miss eight. … MSU committed two errors – on the same play – leading to one unearned run.
• MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs had 17 hits. … Alex Detz had four hits and an RBI. … Hunter Renfroe and Wes Rea had three hits apiece, and Rea drove in three runs. … State brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Adam Frazier‘s dying line drive to center field was caught by a diving Auston Bousfield.
• Ole Miss at the plate: Bousfield had a huge game, collecting three of Ole Miss’ 11 hits and recording a career-high five RBIs. He had a three-run triple in the first inning and a two-run double in the fifth. … Andrew Mistone, Austin Anderson and Will Jamison had two hits each.
• MSU on the mound: Starter Kendall Graveman (5-5) had a rough start, allowing four runs in the first inning. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (all earned) on seven hits, striking out one with three walks. … MSU used five relievers, including Evan Mitchell, who made his first SEC appearance since March 23. He walked the lone batter he faced.
• Ole Miss on the mound: Starter Sam Smith went six innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on nine hits with two Ks and no walks. … Three relievers saw action, with Tanner Bailey working the final 2 2/3 innings for his third save. He gave up three runs (all earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
• Quotable: “Two totally different baseball games from different sides of the spectrum. The first game just a pitching, defensive battle, scratch it out. The second game was a slugfest.” – Ole Miss Mike Bianco
• Bottom line: MSU now has to deal with Ole Miss ace Bobby Wahl tomorrow. Wahl (9-0, 1.20 ERA) pitched the first inning Friday before rains postponed the game, and so he’ll have no restrictions from Bianco tomorrow. MSU is sending lefty Jacob Lindgren (4-2, 3.44) to the mound.