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Rebs can’t hold six-run lead, lose finale to No. 21 MSU

BLOG: Saturday was filled with firsts, mosts and highs at Oxford-University Stadium.

After claiming the both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader against No. 21 Mississippi State, the Rebels (35-16 overall, 14-12 SEC) will look to sweep the Bulldogs (36-15, 13-13) for the first time since 2010.

First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on CSS.

Under head coach Mike Bianco, Ole Miss is 2-2 in Game 3s when looking for the sweep against the Bulldogs.

WEEKEND IN REVIEW:
VIDEO BLOG: Rebels take doubleheader from No. 21 Mississippi State
PHOTO GALLERY: Ole Miss 10, No. 21 Mississippi State 8

PHOTO GALLERY: Ole Miss 3, No. 21 Mississippi State 0

Due to Friday’s rain, typical ace Bobby Wahl (9-0) pitched just one inning before the game was suspended. As a result, Ole Miss’ candidate for SEC Pitcher of the Year will take the mound again today.

Following Saturday’s doubleheader both Wahl and Bianco said they’ll treat today just like any other start. Translation: Wahl will pitch until he can’t with no pitch count.

Wahl had a good start to the weekend, striking out three of the four Bulldogs he faced Friday. The one batter to reach base, slugger Hunter Renfroe, arrived at first because of an error.

Last season, Mississippi State delivered Wahl with his first loss of the year in a 4-0 decision. Wahl allowed fours runs (three earned) in six innings and struck out seven.

MSU will counter with former Friday night starter Jacob Lindgren (4-2) allowed two runs in three innings on seven hits and one walk last week against Alabama but earned a no decision.

On the year, Lindgren has a 3.44 ERA and has struck out 58 against 14 walks in 49.2 innings.

The sophomore right-hander did not face Ole Miss in 2012.

——— AROUND THE LEAGUE———

Thursday’s Result
Texas A&M 2, LSU 1

Friday’s Results
Mississippi State at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. (SUSPENDED UNTIL 5/11; Tied 0-0 after top of the first)
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. (POSTPONED UNTIL 5/11)
Auburn 7, Florida 4
South Carolina 7, Georgia 2
Alabama 9, Missouri 7
LSU at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. (CSS) (SUSPENDED UNTIL 5/11; LSU leads 7-2, top seven)
Tennessee 8, Arkansas 3

Saturday’s Results
Ole Miss 3, Mississippi State 0
Ole Miss 10, Mississippi State 8
Vanderbilt 11, Kentucky 3
Vanderbilt 5, Kentucky 3
LSU 7, Texas A&M 4
LSU 2, Texas A&M 1 (8 inn.)
South Carolina 7, Georgia 1
Arkansas 11, Tennessee 1
Florida 5, Auburn 4
Missouri 7, Alabama 3

Sunday’s Games
Mississippi State
 at Ole Miss, 1 p.m. (CSS)
Missouri at Alabama, 11:30 a.m.
Auburn at Florida, noon
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, noon (Fox Sports South)
Georgia at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (SportSouth)
Tennessee at Arkansas, 1 p.m. (Cox)

———STARTING LINEUPS———

No. 21 MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (36-15 overall, 13-13 SEC)
SS Adam Frazier (.322 BA/.376 OBP/.445 SLG)
DH Alex Detz (.295/.439/.386)
RF Hunter Renfroe (.399/.490/.768)
2B Brett Pirtle (.301/.425/.404)
1B Wes Rea (.296/.401/.478)
CF C.T. Bradford (.289/.368/.325)
3B Sam Frost (.339/.425/.419)
C Nick Ammirati (.264/.339/.311)
LF Demarcus Henderson (.250/.371/.260)
LHP Jacob Lindgren (4-2, 3.44 ERA)

OLE MISS REBELS (35-16, 14-12)
LF Tanner Mathis (.251/.384/.283)
SS Austin Anderson (.295/.383/.380)
C Stuart Turner (.389/.454/.567)
3B Andrew Mistone (.310/.378/.375)
CF Auston Bousfield (.299/.388/.406)
1B Sikes Orvis (.271/.355/.368)
RF Preston Overbey (.274/.316/.390)
DH Will Allen (.240/.278/.320)
2B Christian Helsel (.232/.312/.268)
RHP Bobby Wahl (9-0, 1.20)

———SCORING SUMMARY———

OLE MISS 3, Miss. State 0 (Bottom 1): MSU starter Jacob Lindgren struggled last week against Alabama and lasted just three innings. His issues continued Sunday against the Rebels as the MSU southpaw allowed three runs before registering three outs. Stuart Turner walked with two outs to begin the Rebels’ run. After a single by Andrew Mistone and another walk to Auston Bousfield, Lindgren plunked Sikes Orvis in the shoulder, scoring the first run. Preston Overbey then hit a hard grounder up the middle. MSU shortstop Adam Frazier looked like he would be able to make the play, but the ball caromed off his glove and into center field, allowing Mistone and Bousfield to score.

OLE MISS 6, Miss. State 0 (Bottom 3): With two runners in scoring position and one out, Orvis hit a grounder to first baseman Wes Rea. The Bulldog first basemen threw home but catcher Nick Ammirati couldn’t handle the throw, allowing Turner to slide across home safely. Mistone, running on contact from second, never stopped and scored on the play with the ball unattended to feet away from home. Two at-bats later Will Allen added to the Rebels’ lead with an RBI-single to left.

Ole Miss 6, Miss. State 5 (Top 6): Mississippi State finally found a way on the scoreboard in the sixth. After loading the bases Ole Miss starter Bobby Wahl exited in favor of left-hander Jeremy Massie. The move didn’t work as Massie promptly surrendered consecutive RBI-singles to Ammirati and Demarcus Henderson. Adam Frazier then hit a two-run double over Will Jamison‘s head in right field, ending Massie’s day before he recorded an out. With Scott Weathersby on the mound, Alex Detz hit a hard ball to the right-center gap. Jamison made a nice diving grab but Henderson tagged up at third and scored without a play. After intentionally walking Hunter Renfroe, Weathersby got Brett Pirtle to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.

MISS. STATE 7, Ole Miss 6 (Top 7): Things didn’t get any better for the Rebels in the seventh as Mississippi State scored two more runs off Matt Denny on a two-run single through the right side by Frazier.

FINAL SCORE: No. 21 Miss. State 7, Ole Miss 6.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The Rebels blew a 6-0 lead. That about sums up the loss. In Wahl’s last home start as a Rebel, more than likely, Ole Miss was unable to maintain its early advantage. MSU reliever Ben Bracewell came in and threw five scoreless innings to allow the rally. Facing their first rivalry sweep since 2010, MSU was quick to pull the plug on its starting pitching and it paid off. After Lindgren didn’t make it into the second inning, the Bulldogs brought in their closer, Jonathon Holder. The right-hander allowed three unearned runs in two innings and MSU turned the mound over to left-hander Chad Girodo before Bracewell took the mound for the final five frames, retiring the final 10 Rebel batters.

BY THE NUMBERS: Weathersby took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season after allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning. … Bracewell improved to 1-1. … Ole Miss accumulated just five hits as a team and no player recorded more than one. … Frazier did the most damage in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Bradofrd and Rea and three and two hits respectively.

CLOSING IT OUT: Ole Miss will conclude its regular season with a game at Southern Miss on Tuesday and a three-game set at LSU beginning Thursday. Bianco said Mike Mayers will likely start in the opener and it will depend how Wahl feels as to when he faces the Tigers.

PARTING VIEWS: Below are post-game videos of Tanner Mathis and Wahl:

For more on the weekend series, pick up Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (May 12, 2013)

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