BLOG: After evening the series Saturday with a 6-2 victory, the No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels will look to take the series in Starkville today.
First pitch for today’s CSS televised game is set for 1:35 p.m.
GETTING THE NOD: Drawing his second start of the week for Ole Miss will be junior Tanner Bailey.
Against Memphis on Tuesday, the right-hander took a perfect through a career-long four innings before being pulled because of a pitch count.
Against the Tigers, Bailey struck out four, tying a season high.
On the season, Bailey has a 1-0 record with a 2.95 ERA. In 18.1 innings, Bailey has struck out 21 and walked four. Opponents are also hitting just .100 off of the junior.
Mississippi State will turn to left-hander Luis Pollorena.
The junior boasts a 2-0 record and a 1.86 ERA on the year. In 19.1 innings, the 5-foot-7 Pollorena has stuck out 10 without walking a batter.
Pollorena threw a season-long 5.1 innings in relief in MSU’s 6-3 loss to Ole Miss in the Governor’s Cup on April 17, allowing just one run in the process.
Last season, Pollorena threw a career-long 6.2 innings against Ole Miss in the Bulldogs’ 7-6 victory on April 12. Pollorena got a no decision in the game after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while also striking out four.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?: Several Rebel-related opportunities are on the line today. For starters, a win would give the Rebels their fifth consecutive series victory in Starkville. Also, a victory would at least tie Ole Miss with Arkansas for second in the SEC West with an 11-10 overall record (the Hogs wrap up their three-game set at Florida today on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas lost Friday 3-2, but won Saturday 5-1.).
No. 18 OLE MISS REBELS (28-15 overall, 10-10 Southeastern Conference)
LF Tanner Mathis (.344 BA/.460 OBP/.374 SLG)
3B Andrew Mistone (.255/.317/.324)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.429/.473/.600)
1B Matt Snyder (.346/.409/.626)
C Will Allen (.336/.362/.448)
CF Auston Bousfield (.276/.351/.309)
DH John Gatlin (.333/.520/.500)
RF Preston Overbey (.268/.333/.375)
SS Blake Newalu (.365/.412/.460)
RHP Tanner Bailey (1-0, 2.95 ERA)
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (26-17, 9-11)
SS Adam Frazier (.349/.466/.428)
C Mitch Slauter (.233/.365/.322)
DH Trey Porter (.281/.413/.437)
3B Daryl Norris (.314/.407/.392)
CF Hunter Renfroe (.247/.324/.380)
RF Brent Brownlee (.224/.264/.286)
LF Tyler Fullerton (.246/.324/.311)
1B Wes Rea (.268/.381/.430)
2B Matthew Britton (.140/.269/.140)
LHP Luis Pollorena (2-0, 1.86)
MISSISSIPPI STATE 4, Ole Miss 0 (Bottom 1): The game couldn’t have started off much worse for the Rebels. After recording just one hit in the top of the inning, Rebel starter Tanner Bailey struggled mightily in his second start of the week. After loading the bases on a walk, single and HBP, Bailey walked third baseman Daryl Norris to score a run. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco immediately pulled the right-hander in favor of the left-handed Dylan Chavez. After the southpaw struck out center fielder Hunter Renfroe, he hit former Oxford Charger Brent Brownlee in the leg to push another runner across home plate. Chavez then plunked left fielder Tyler Fullerton to score another run. First baseman Wes Rea hit a sacrifice fly to score MSU’s fourth run of the frame before second baseman Matthew Britton grounded out to mercifully end the frame.
Mississippi State 4, OLE MISS 1 (Top 8): After both staffs combined for a pitchers duel through the middle innings, Rebel designated hitter Matt Snyder put the visitors on the scoreboard with a double off the base of the center field wall that scored pinch runner Jake Overbey from first.
Mississippi State 4, OLE MISS 2 (Top 9): Zach Kirksey tacked on Ole Miss’ final run of the day to lead off the ninth, hitting his 11th home run of the season.
Bailey took the loss for Ole Miss, allowing four runs on one hit, two walks and one HBP.
Pollorena earned the win to improve to 3-0, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings while also striking out a career-high seven.
Right-hander Caleb Reed allowed two runs over 3.2 innings to earn his eighth save of the season.
Rebel second baseman Alex Yarbrough was 0-for-4 with a strikeout ending his hitting streak at 22 games.
Next up for Ole Miss is a trip to Pearl on Tuesday to face Southern Miss. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
(April 29, 2012)