About Last Night

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.

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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  • Florida Rebel

    Mississppi Southern could be the best college baseball team in the State.It appears that OM is a beat down team on despite winning the series over their rival MIss State, but blowing a 6 run lead in losing the third game.

    Florida Gator on the move hoping for another NCAA tournament bid.. Gators had a roller coaster season

    Still, the they
    found a way to win more than they lost, even after an 11-16 start threatened to
    make their postseason plans extinct before the SEC schedule was half over.

    Florida travels to
    Georgia with a 28-25 record, 13-14 in the SEC. The Gators have secured a spot
    in the SEC Tournament next week but can improve their seeding and erase any
    doubts about an NCAA Tournament bid with a good showing against the Bulldogs,
    who are an SEC-worst 18-31, 5-19 A gator sweep and LSU sweep over OM could boost the Gator above OM they could earn a # 5 seed in SEC tournament.

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