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Post-game at Swayze Field: Ole Miss 10, No. 21 Mississippi State 8 - Rebels offense explodes to complete doubleheader sweep

 

 

 

Matt Stevens

 

OXFORD - In the second game of the day, University of Mississippi tagged Bulldogs right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman (5-5) for six earned runs and chased the senior from the game after just 4 1/3 innings. In his last three starts Graveman, who had been MSU's most consistent arm in the weekend rotation, has allowed 12 earned runs and failed to get a win. 

 

"It's pretty safe to say in the first game we didn't have much of a pitching approach and in the second game we didn't have much of a hitting approach at all," Cohen said.  

 

Austin Bousfield was a home run short of the cycle in the second game as the sophomore outfielder finished the day with a career high five RBIs in a 3 for 5 day at the plate. After MSU put up two runs in the opening inning on Rebels starting pitcher Sam Smith, Bousfield answered with a 3-RBI triple to give the Rebels a lead they would never relinquish.  

 

The doubleheader sweep guarantees MSU's first losing series at Swayze Field since 2007 and only the first losing series in Oxford for Cohen as a player or a coach. 

 

"I thought our kids were way too anxious to play these games and didn't let the game come to us at all," Cohen said. "We did not do some basic things on the field to help us win a baseball game. The game on Sunday is the most important game of our season." 

 

The sweep allows Bianco the option to come back with Wahl for the sweep today for a 1 p.m. first pitch in Oxford or save his ace for the opener of the Rebels Thursday night opener at Louisiana State University at Alex Box Stadium on full rest.  

 

MSU will end its regular season at home against the University of South Carolina likely needing at least a series victory to have any hope of hosting a NCAA Regional postseason round at the end of the month.  

 

With the Bulldogs currently at 13-13 in SEC play, no school In the last ten years of NCAA Regional host selections has been tabbed by the selection committee to host with a under .500 conference record. The only team that was just .500 in league and hosted an NCAA Regional was Texas A&M University in 2007 (13-13 in Big 12 Conference) and they won their league tournament in the final weekend. 

 

 

 

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