Final: MSU 5, Ole Miss 1

You’ve read this story before. Ole Miss pitchers issue a lot of walks. Offense produces a handful of singles, nothing for extra bases and can’t score enough runs.

The Rebels took an early lead, and Josh Laxer held the Bulldogs hitless for four innings. The four walks he’d amassed by then gave him less of a dominant feel.

The Rebels have now lost six straight and have scored just nine runs in those games. Six of those runs came in the 11-inning loss to Vanderbilt Sunday. Three times they’ve scored one run, and they were shutout in back-to-back games at Florida to begin the streak. The message from Mike Bianco is that Ole Miss needs to get tougher in all phases.

Special thanks to Patrick Ochs of The Oxford Eagle for this video as I rushed back up to the press box to hit the print deadline. Here’s Bianco:

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The Rebels got off to a fast start against MSU starter Brandon Woodruff who was equally fast removed from the game by John Cohen, and Ole Miss had much less success against Ross Mitchell, a left-hander, who sent six innings giving up just two hits, one walk and striking out four.

No extra-base hits for Ole Miss. Stuart Turner was the only multiple hitter with two. The Rebels scored in the second when they had three hits, one by Turner, who scored on hit from Holt Perdzock who started at DH.

Lineups

MSU

SS Adam Frazier L .345

3B Alex Detz L .340

RF R Hunter Renfroe .417

2B Brett Pirtle S .264

1B Wes Rea R .276

CF C.T. Bradford L .278

DH Trey Porter L .270

LF Derrick Armstrong R .250

C Nick Ammirati S .267

RHP Brandon Woodruff 1-1, 4.15

 

Ole Miss

LF Tanner Mathis L .232

CF Auston Bousfield R .283

SS Austin Anderson L .319

C Stuart Turner R .409

3B Andrew Mistone R .270

1B Sikes Orvis L .277

DH Holt Perdzock L .240

2B Preston Overbey R .290

RF Will Jamison L .240

RHP Josh Laxer 2-0, 2.45

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    The Rebels need to win this game even tho its just a boiled crawfish game. It could come in handy down the road for a consideration. JB

  • UMBBFan

    It seems like from the very first loss, the coaches complained of lack of focus or mental toughness from the players. If they are not focusing by now, they are not ever going to focus. Maybe they are just not good enough for SEC competition. Maybe it is poor coaching. Certainly these are Bianco’s players. They are not getting it done…..again.

  • JB

    It appear the Diamond Rebels are not as good as I was led to believe. Stuart Turner and Bobby Wahl cannot carry them. JB

  • Lance Lynn

    JB, I agree with you on Wahl and Stuart. The problem is, they haven’t been 100% lately either. There have been, in my opinion, some poor coaching decisions that have caused these kids to lose confidence in themselves, and some of the staff. Let’s face it, Coach Bianco hasn’t had very sound assistant coaching since Dan McDonnell was at Ole Miss. Remember, he carried his first class at Louisville to Omaha. He is an excellent manager of the game, more so, he is a great teacher. Coach Bianco is a brilliant man, as well, but you are only as good as your staff and the kids you recruit. Coach B can right the ship and get these boys to Omaha. I think he will pull an Andy K and slip up and surprise people. If not, we have to look at Laff and Godwin, then make a decision on what’s best for Ole Miss. I think baseball is a process. I think most of us fans just want to see the Rebs fighting hard like they did Sunday against Vandy. If we eliminate mental errors, this team is Omaha worthy.

    • JB

      Rebels got some good pitchering they just don’t have any run support.


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