Just a few notes from the MSU series …
There were plenty of heroes.
Nic Perkins: The sweep culminated with a walk-off hit by the freshman Perkins was 4-for-12 with four RBIs for the series. This is a guy who had had only 10 at-bats when he drew the DH start in Game 3 at Missouri. Now he’s started four times and gone 6-for-16 in those games.
Sikes Orvis: Orvis was 7-for-12 with three home runs, six RBIs, and six runs scored. He added 22 points to his batting average on the weekend and is now hitting .265 with 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBIs.
Errol Robinson: The star of the Game 1 with two RBI doubles, Robinson had a nice defensive weekend and went 5-for-12 with five RBIs at the plate. He produced at key times like in the fourth in Game 1 when he doubled over the head of MSU center fielder Jacob Robson to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead and in the eighth when he doubled in the winning run. In yesterday’s Game 3 he had an RBI single as part of the ninth-inning rally. Orvis and Robinson will have strong arguments to be named SEC player of the week.
Wyatt Short: And look for Short as SEC pitcher of the week. He had two saves and a win for the series totaling no hits, no runs and one walk in three innings over his three appearances.
Colby Bortles: The Rebels’ “other” slugger may get overlooked a bit with the success that Orvis had, but Bortles had three hits in Game 2 and went 5-for-14 with three RBIs, and the Rebels don’t win Game 3 if he doesn’t drive in the fourth and fifth runs of the ninth-inning rally when a sharp single up the middle off Dakota Hudson.