Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen never misses a chance to boast about one of MSU's teams beating Ole Miss, or as he calls it, The School Up North. Naturally, he did just that last night after the Bulldogs beat the Rebels in baseball, 6-1, at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
Mullen's had plenty of reason to brag during the 2010-11 academic year. I went back through all the schedules, and in sports in which MSU and Ole Miss meet head-to-head, the Bulldogs have a record of 10-5. I did not include cross country, track and field, or golf, because those events normally involve several teams.
So, here's a quick breakdown of how MSU has fared against its arch-rival since the fall semester began.
• Football: W, 31-23
• Men's basketball: W, 69-64; W, 71-58
• Women's basketball: W, 59-43; W, 65-55
• Baseball: W, 6-1
• Softball: L, 6-0; W, 3-0; W, 9-3
• Soccer: W, 2-1
• Men's tennis: L, 4-1; W, 5-2
• Women's tennis: L, 7-0
• Volleyball: L, 3-1; L, 3-1
Obviously, women's tennis and volleyball need to pick up the slack. The baseball team still has a three-game series in Oxford coming up later this season, so this thing could tighten up.
But back to Tuesday's game. Sophomore Kendall Graveman continues to be a mid-week ace, as he tossed four shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk to move to 4-0 on the season. In eight appearances, including six non-SEC starts, Graveman has a 3.03 ERA, with 23 strikeouts against five walks in 32.2 innings.
He got good offensive help, too, something that hasn't consistently been there for MSU's pitchers this season. State jumped out to a 3-0 lead through two innings and collected nine hits in all. C.T. Bradford, Jarrod Parks and Wes Thigpen had two hits apiece, while Cody Freeman had three RBIs.
MSU made three errors, but so did Ole Miss, which led to two unearned runs.
We'll talk with coach John Cohen later this morning, so check back here for some notes.