Ole Miss lost 2-1 to Southern Miss in Pearl last night, giving the Rebels an average of 0.5 runs for their two non-conference losses since sweeping Alabama in SEC play.
Ole Miss has been without shortstop Austin Anderson this week, and Anderson’s status for the trip to Tennessee is unclear. That subtracts a .307 hitter — a clutch hitter — from an offense that has plummeted.
The lack of scoring has overshadowed some pretty good pitching. Freshman Jacob Waguespack went 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks against Memphis. Last night Hawtin Buchanan went 1.2 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts.
These guys have been coming back from injury and can add weekend pitching depth.
But they can’t score. It’s unfair to ask even the deepest staff to throw a shutout every time out, and that’s about what the Ole Miss offense is asking right now, having scored one run or no runs in eight of the Rebels’ last 15 games.
One offensive note. Auston Bousfield was 2-for-4 last night and is 6-for-8 over his last two games. Stuart Turner, though, is 0-for-7, and his team-leading average has dropped to .380.
Ole Miss is hitting .270 as a team right now.