Governor’s Cup: No. 11 Ole Miss 5, MSU 3

I know, this postgame recap looks different from the last one, but I decided trying to duplicate my basketball recaps didn’t really work. So I’m going to borrow a page from Matthew Leach‘s book – St. Louis Cardinals beat writer – and combine it with some of my own approach.

The buzz: MSU split with Ole Miss last year, and one of those losses was the Governor’s Cup. The Rebels hoisted the trophy again thanks to strong pitching and a dink-and-dunk offense.

MSU at the plate: First baseman Connor Powers was 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run home run, his ninth of the season, to make it 4-2 Rebels in the sixth. The triple was just the third of Powers’ career, with the other two coming his freshman season. He also struck out twice, including with no outs and two on in the eighth. MSU had just six hits total and didn’t get its first until the fourth inning.

Ole Miss at the plate: Third baseman Zach Miller was 3-for-4, all singles, and shortstop Kevin Mort – the No. 9 hitter – was 3-for-4 as well. Ole Miss collected 11 hits.

MSU on the mound: Freshman starter C.C. Watson lasted 2.1 innings, yielding three runs – two earned – on four hits. Four other pitchers entered, although freshman Ben Bracewell never threw a pitch. He pulled a hamstring while warming up. Freshman Luke Bole (3.2 IP, 1 run, 4 hits) and senior Tyler Whitney (2.1 IP, 1 run, 3 hits) were strong, and Corey Collins got the final two outs in the ninth.

Ole Miss on the mound: Sophomore righty David Goforth, in his first collegiate start, was made to look like an ace by MSU. In 5.2 innings, he yielded two runs on three hits, and he had a no-hitter going for 3.2 innings. Eric Callender, Brett Huber and Matt Tracy were all strong in relief, with Tracy getting the save.

Key stats: MSU committed four errors, Ole Miss none. Over the last three innings, MSU went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and the final two batters of the game went down looking with a man on second.

Bottom line: MSU still has a ton of issues, like starting pitching, hitting with runners in scoring position, and watching strike threes. Although coach John Cohen took exception to those last two ring-ups (more on that in the Quotables entry). Youth and inexperience were on display big time tonight.

Up next: MSU hits the road for a three-game set versus No. 12 South Carolina (19-15).