By Parrish Alford
PEARL – Ten days after playing a decisive third game in an SEC series, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will square off on a neutral field.
First pitch at Trustmark Park in the Governor’s Cup game is 6:30 p.m.
The game does not affect the SEC standings where the two teams are both 10-8 and two games behind West leader Alabama.
An odd twist of scheduling gives Ole Miss an advantage in this game, MSU coach John Cohen says.
Tonight’s game was set before MSU knew it would be playing this week’s SEC Thursday TV game against Texas A&M.
The Bulldogs won three times at Missouri over the weekend and needed extra innings twice – including Sunday, when Ole Miss had an off day.
The Rebels had a Thursday SEC start last week.
“It’s nobody’s fault, but we’re short-handed because of the arms we used, short-rested compared to Ole Miss then turn around and have short rest for the weekend,” Cohen said. “What an unbelievable challenge for our team, and I believe our kids will approach it that way.”
Massie vs. TBA
Ole Miss is expected to start senior lefty Jeremy Massie (2-2, 2.34) tonight. MSU hadn’t named a starter on Monday.
The Rebels struggled against LSU to duplicate the offense that carried them to 6-1 and 12-2 wins in Starkville.
“We lacked that punch … where we’ve always been so good when the game’s on the line,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We just couldn’t manage anything. We couldn’t put an inning together, couldn’t make the pitch at the right time, couldn’t make the play to get off the field.”
The Rebels resume SEC play this weekend at No. 17 Kentucky.