Ole Miss Baseball drops another SEC series, can’t get back on track

Ole Miss baseball dropped another SEC series against rival Mississippi State in Starkville this past weekend, losing the series 2-1.

After winning the opening game of a three-game series with a score of 3-2, the Ole Miss baseball team had a sliver of hope that they may win their first conference series of the year. Those hopes fizzled out as they would go on to lose the next two matchups against the Bulldogs.

On Friday the Rebels would be able to grind out a close win in a low-scoring fashion, out of the norm for the normally high-powered offense for Ole Miss baseball. In the majority of their wins, the Rebels are used to scoring a bevy of runs to take down opponents.

Offensively, the Rebels were ringing in hits but couldn’t push any runners in until the top of the seventh inning. They had runners on second and third but couldn’t send in a run until Kemp Alderman led off the inning with a solo home run. This was Alderman’s third-straight game with a home run.

On Saturday, Ole Miss got the offense going and jumped out to a 2-0 start but would go on to lose a tight one 8-7. Senior Anthony Calarco went 3-for-5, including a home run and two RBI in the loss.

On Sunday, pitcher JT Quinn got the start on the mound for Ole Miss starting his third Sunday game in a row. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the game was tied 3-3 when the Bulldogs hit their second home run of the day pushing in two runners to make it 5-3.

The game would end there as the Rebels couldn’t get anything going in the last two innings to hand Mississippi State the series. The Rebels have been abysmal this year in games against SEC opponents and it won’t get any easier as top-ranked LSU is on the horizon.