/Mississippi baseball teams celebrate huge weekend

Mississippi baseball teams celebrate huge weekend

OXFORD – It’s hard to imagine a better weekend for Mississippi’s college-level baseball teams. Other than the fact that it was a beautiful Sunday, it is difficult to imagine any better. After a thrilling Saturday, Mississippi’s teams were able to take a much-deserved rest day. * Mississippi State’s once-for-dead Bulldogs won a doubleheader against Arkansas (USA Today coaches poll), and then won the three-game series against the Razorbacks. The Bulldogs rose 17 spots to No. 43 in RPI ratings. State won Friday’s 6-5 victory and Saturday’s 7-5 win. Although there aren’t many upsets in baseball, a wise man once said that the Bulldogs’ three game sweep of one the best teams in the country was close. * The Bulldogs lost a one-run match to No. 19 Georgia lost a one-run game to No. 7 Ole Miss won a doubleheader against the Bulldogs on Saturday. After a 5-2 win in the first game, Captain Will Golson hit two home runs for the Rebels in their 8-4 victory. After the 32-9 Rebels’ defeat to State and Vanderbilt in their previous SEC series, Ole Miss won the sweep and series. * No. 16 Southern Miss won five consecutive series from Middle Tennessee State. It swept the three-game series and looked easy. The visitors were outscored 28-3. The best news for USM? The best news for USM? Nick Sandlin, one of the most respected pitchers in the Eagles, has returned from a minor shoulder injury. In the third game, Sandlin pitched five perfect innings, striking out only one batter and striking out twelve of the 16 batters. Sandlin (5-0) has struck out 87 batters and walked only six over 54 innings. That’s other-worldly. *No. *No. Zack Shannon hit home runs in both of the games, surpassing Dee Haynes’ 1999 school record of 26. * Jackson State won two of three weekend series against SWAC East rival Alabama State. The two teams now share the top spot in the division, with 15-6 conference records. The Magnolia State teams are heating up with only four weekends remaining in the regular season. Each team has busy weeks ahead. Ole Miss and State will face off Tuesday night at Trustmark Park at 6 p.m. in the annual Governor’s Cup. Ole Miss will attempt to even the series after losing two of its three previous games to State. The Rebels will host LSU on Thursday and Saturday. State will host nationally ranked Texas A & M in Starkville for a Friday-Sunday series. In a major RPI game at Pete Taylor Park Tuesday night, Southern Miss will face long-standing rival South Alabama. South Alabama has a record of 24-13 and a No. 28 RPI. This is the last USM team with the highest RPI. USM will play a weekend series (Fri. – Sun.). at Old Dominion. RPI: Mississippi State’s sweep of Arkansas also helped RPIs of Southern Miss and Ole Miss. It also helped the Rebels to tie the SEC West for the first time with the Razorbacks. The weekend success of State has given USM a boost, as they swept State in their first series. Last week, the Golden Eagles moved 18 rungs up the RPI ladder, moving from No. 55 to No. 37.