By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
– Looking back: The Rebels were 1-3 on the week, losing 6-1 to Mississippi State in the Governor’s Cup matchup in Pearl, a game that does not count in the SEC standings.
The Rebels won 10-7 at Auburn on Friday in Game 2 of the series but lost leads in the seventh inning on both Thursday and Saturday. As a result, the Rebels lost the series and were caught by Auburn – which now has the tie-breaker against Ole Miss – in the SEC standings.
The Rebels are tied atop the SEC West with Auburn and Arkansas, all at 9-9 and a game ahead of Alabama, two games ahead of MSU and five games ahead of LSU.
– Looking ahead: The meat of the schedule is here for Ole Miss, and that doesn’t include Wednesday’s non-league game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Rebels are on the road at Florida then at home next weekend against South Carolina. Both are top five opponents, and the games will go a long way in shaping a resume the Rebels will have to stand on at the end of May.
Before the weekend it’s Ole Miss and SWAC member UAPB at 6:30 Wednesday evening at Swayze Field.
– Who’s hot: Designated hitter Matt Snyder was 5 for 12 with a home run, a double and six RBIs.
– Who’s not: Relief pitcher Brett Huber, who picked up a save in the Sunday game against Kentucky, gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 21⁄3 innings over two appearances at Auburn.
– RPI watch: After losing two of three at Auburn, the Rebels have slipped to No. 40 in the RPI.
– Bottom line: Aside from freshman Bobby Wahl, who threw 21⁄3 innings of scoreless relief for a save on Friday, the bullpen was dismal at Auburn. Subtract Wahl from the totals, and the Ole Miss bullpen gave up 11 runs in 72⁄3 innings against the Tigers. The offense is gaining consistency, but the Rebels have to be better in relief to give themselves a chance in the next two weeks.