Baseball: Rebels, Bulldogs look to rebound on road

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Mississippi State and Ole Miss hope the road will be a kind place this weekend.
Both teams are looking to bounce back from series losses, with the No. 25-ranked Bulldogs (22-6, 2-4 SEC) visiting No. 15 Arkansas (19-7, 4-2) and the No. 11 Ole Miss (22-4, 3-3) traveling to Florida (11-14, 2-4).
Ole Miss plays at 6 p.m.; MSU’s game starts at 6:30 p.m.
MSU lost two of three at Kentucky last weekend, with both losses coming by one run as State couldn’t produce timely hits. Players hope to resolve that issue this weekend.
“We’ve just got to keep battling at the plate, and as coach says, use our identity and keep what we can do and keep hitting line drives and ground balls,” outfielder Hunter Renfroe said.
‘Ready to play’
After winning two of three at Arkansas two weeks ago, Ole Miss lost two of three at home to Texas A&M last weekend.
The Rebels are taking on a Florida team that’s lost seven of its last 10 games.
“You obviously want to win the first (home) series on an SEC weekend. Confidence-wise I don’t think it affected us,” Ole Miss sophomore pitcher Chris Ellis said. “Baseball is a game of failure. I think we’ll be ready to play this weekend.”
Florida will visit Starkville next weekend, while Vanderbilt – which is ranked No. 3 this week – will visit Oxford.
brad.locke@journalinc.com