Southern Miss steamrolled Ole Miss 10-3 as the Rebels closed out their non-conference schedule.
A few pitching thoughts here. The Golden Eagles had 16 hits. For the most part it was experimentation night for Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.
Freshman Jacob Waguespack got the start. He had pitched only 6.1 innings over four relief appearances going into the game. He gave up four hits over three innings, but two of his hits allowed were back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth inning. He did not record an out in the fourth.
So for three innings Waguespack allowed no runs, no walks and two hits. That’s an encouraging since for a team looking for bullpen depth.
The three pitchers after Waguespack were all players who have pitched little this season, and Austin Blunt, Hawtin Buchanan and Scott Ashford were not effective last night.
The disappointing sign was that Josh Laxer, who had been pretty good as a mid-week starter, gave up six hits — one of them a triple — over 2.1 innings. With postseason arriving and the different roles created for pitchers during that time the Rebels need Laxer to step forward not backward.
All five Ole Miss pitchers allowed two earned runs.
Offensively the Rebels managed just six hits and have now had just 11 hits over their last two games after a much more productive outing in Game 2 against Mississippi State.
Austin Anderson had a double, but there were just five singles beyond that.
With bullpen issues Ole Miss is going to have to do more in other phases — most notably offense — to have success against LSU in Baton Rouge in the final SEC series which begins Thursday.
That’s the subject of today’s column in the mother ship which I will post here later today.