After weekend of walk-offs, MSU rises to #3; Ole Miss drops to #4

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Dudy Noble Field. Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics

Last week, Ole Miss ascended to the top of the rankings in college baseball, but a series loss to UCF over the weekend dropped them down while an electric weekend in Starkville has the Bulldogs climbing. 

Ole Miss – (5-2)

The Rebels dropped to #4 in the latest poll from D1 Baseball after dropping 2 of three to the Golden Knights over the weekend. A 3-2 loss on Friday afternoon proceeded a Saturday doubleheader. Ole Miss took the first game, 6-5, to even the series on a Tim Elko walk-off base hit, but the UCF bats stayed hot in the second game of the day, taking the series with a 7-2 win. 

Ole Miss will try to bounce back against Memphis on Tuesday in Oxford. 

Mississippi State – (5-2)

The resilient Bulldogs rise a few spots to #3 in the rankings after taking 2 of 3 from Tulane in what was a chippy series at Dudy Noble over the weekend. A 7-3 loss on Friday opened the series, and things looked bleak on Saturday until Luke Hancock stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 9th and launched a walk-off grand slam, giving MSU a 9-5 win. Sunday was more of the same as a Tanner Allen walk-off base hit handed the Bulldogs a series victory with a 6-5 decision. 

Impending inclement weather has pushed this week’s meeting between Southern Miss and Mississippi State at Trustmark Park from Tuesday to Wednesday. 

Southern Miss (4-3)

Despite dropping Sunday’s game 10-7, the Golden Eagles won their series against UConn with a pair of one-run games on Friday and Saturday. Gabe Montenegro’s two-run double in the 8th on Friday gave USM a 6-5 win before a multi-HR performance from Christopher Argent  powered the Golden Eagles to a 7-6 victory on Saturday. 

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