Ole Miss baseball moved up two spots in the national rankings Tuesday and also hit the road for a two-game series with Georgia State.
Tuesday was a big day for Ole Miss baseball (16-1) as the new collegiate baseball rankings came out with Ole Miss at No.6. It was also the day Ole Miss baseball would be traveling to Georgia State for a two-game series which would be their final tests before SEC play begins this weekend. The Rebels were coming into the Tuesday game with 7 straight wins and solid momentum for the series.
After a scoreless first frame Georgia State took a 2-run lead into the top of the 3rd. The Rebels finally got on the board in the top of the 4th with 2 runs to tie the game 2-2. The Rebels then scored single runs in three straight frames to take the 5-2 lead into the top of the 9th. The Panthers could only rally with 1 run in the bottom of the inning and Ole Miss earned the 5-3 win.
It’s easy to see this is a very powerful Ole Miss baseball team. At 16-1 the Rebels are easily in the driver’s seat for the second game. However, before we get too far ahead of ourselves lets look at last nights game by the numbers.
By The Numbers
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Even tho the Rebels pitching staff allowed 2 early runs to take the lead the story of this game was indeed the unbelievable pitching which earned Ole Miss the win late in the game. Drawing the midweek game-one start was sophomore right-hander Houston Roth. Roth went for 5.1 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 7 hits. Roth had 7 Ks and 1 BB. Sophomore right-hander Will Ethridge entered in the 6th and went 2 frames on the mound. Ethridge allowed no hits and had 4 Ks.
Red-shirt sophomore Parker Caracci took the hill in the 8th inning and went 1.2 inning. Caracci allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits and had 3 Ks. Junior closer Dallas Woolfolk entered in the 9th and faced a late rally from Georgia State. Woolfolk allowed no runs on 1 hit and had 1 BB. Roth earned the win which pushed his record to 2-0 while Woolfolk picked up his 6th save of the season.
At the plate 5 Rebels hitters combined for 7 hits against pretty formidable Georgia State pitching. Two Rebels had multiple hit games. Leading all Rebels was sophomore Thomas Dillard who went 2 for 3 and knocked in 1 RBI. Sophomore Grae Kessinger went 2 for 4 and added 2 RBI. Junior Nick Fortes and senior Will Golsan each went 1 for 3 at the plate.
Game-two of the midweek series with Georgia State will be this afternoon from Atlanta. First pitch is set for 2pm CT. The game will be televised thru Panthervision via pay-per-view.Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!