Rebels hoping hot bats help lead to win over MSU

When you lose a Sunday game, especially in decisive fashion, there’s the feeling that you left one on the table.

Ole Miss did hit better last week even in its two losses.

Saturday’s two-game sweep of Alabama was the most complete play I’ve seen from this team. There was errorless defense, good starting pitching and bullpen work and hitting.

In Saturday’s Game 1 win there was an abundance of hitting. Saturday’s Game 2 had timely hitting with eighth-inning home runs from Sikes Orvis and Austin Knight.

Ole Miss had double figure hits in four of five games last week and hit .333 for the Alabama series.

Knight is hoping there’s some carry-over tonight when the Rebels face Mississippi State in the Governor’s Cup game in Pearl. First pitch is 6:30, and there’s no TV.

Knight was a big part of the better hitting against Alabama. After going hitless (0-for-5) in the opener he was 5-for-7 with two home runs and three RBIs over the next two games.

Tonight’s game has the added intrigue of Ole Miss needing to climb a little farther from .500 as it tries to position itself for an NCAA tournament at-large bid. The Rebels go to Trustmark Park just one game over .500 at 23-22. They’re at Missouri this weekend for SEC play.

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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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