Nic Perkins, a freshman from St. Louis, may not be well versed in the Ole Miss-Mississippi State rivalry, but his walk-off hit delivered something not seen in Mississippi in a long time.
With an 8-7 comeback win over the Bulldogs on Saturday in Game 3 of the regular season baseball series, the Rebels completed a sweep of the rivals in the major men’s sports for the first time since 1971-72.
For most of Saturday that seemed unlikely, but Ole Miss scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and won it in the 10th when Perkins chopper got past a drawn-in infield and scored pinch-runner Tate Blackman with the game winner.
Recapping the school year here.
Football: Ole Miss 31, MSU 17 – Jaylen Walton rushed for 148 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 91-yard touchdown run to seal the deal. Playing on a gimpy ankle Bo Wallace passed for 296 yards with an interception. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but his long completions set up short scores, one of them his own from 1 yard out. MSU quarterback Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass and ran for a short score but was held to an average of 2 yards per rush. MSU was ranked No. 4 at the time, Ole Miss No. 18. The Bulldogs had a five-week run at No. 1 during the season.
Basketball: Ole Miss 79, MSU 73 (Jan. 28 in Oxford) – Jarvis Summers was held scoreless in the first half but scored 22 in the second and held the Rebels overcome a 13-point second-half deficit. Stefan Moody had 14 points, and LaDarius White had 12.
Ole Miss 71, MSU 65 (Feb. 19 in Starkville) – Stefan Moody went 3-point crazy in the second half and finished with 29 points. The Bulldogs knew he was shooting and still couldn’t stop him. Moody was 8-for-12 from 3-point range.
Baseball: Ole Miss 11, MSU 1 (April 28 in Pearl) – Scott Weathersby threw seven shutout innings in his first career start. Connor Cloyd was 3-for-6 with four RBIs. Will Golsan, Colby Borltes, Sikes Orvis, Austin Knight and Camerson Dishon each had two hits. Bortles, Orvis and Knight had doubles, as the Rebels had 15 hits on the night.
Ole Miss 4, MSU 3 (May 7 in Oxford) – Christian Trent pitched eight innings for the win, and Wyatt Short pitched a scoreless ninth for the save, the first of his three appearances in the series. Errol Robinson had two run-scoring doubles totaling three RBIs.
Ole Miss 13, MSU 10 (May 8 in Oxford) – The Rebels struck early with six runs in the first, the big blow a three-run home run by Orvis. Ole Miss could never really cruise in this game as State had success against most Ole Miss pitchers, starting with Brady Bramlett. It would be the first of two games in which MSU would hit the Ole Miss starter hard. JB Woodman had a home run, and Orvis also had an RBI double to finish with four runs driven in for the game. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco tried to save his bullpen for Game 3, but Mitchel Babb and Will Stokes couldn’t get anybody out, and he eventually turned to Jacob Waguespack and then Short after the Bulldogs knocked four runs off a 13-6 lead in the seventh inning.
Ole Miss 8, MSU 7, 10 innings (May 9 in Oxford) – Weathersby couldn’t match the success he had against the Bulldogs in Pearl, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits through five innings. For eight innigns the only Ole Miss scoring came on two solo home runs by Orvis. Evan Anderson held things close for three innings, but Waguespack allowed an inherited runner and then one of his own to score in the top of the ninth. The Rebels then put together a memorable rally in the bottom of the ninth. MSU struggled on the mound after John Cohen removed starter Austin Sexton with two outs left. Relievers Zac Houston and Dakota Hudson totaled three walks and a hit-batter. The Rebels also had clutch hits in the ninth from Orvis, Robinson and Colby Bortles. Short retired the Bulldogs in order in the top of the 10th, and Perkins drove home the game winner in the bottom.
These results reflect regular season competition. Ole Miss and MSU did not meet in the SEC basketball tournament.
It’s possible, though unlikely, they will meet in the SEC baseball tournament. Seedings for that event have not been set.