Big week ahead for Mississippi's D-I baseball teams

Big week ahead for Mississippi's D-I baseball teams

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Golden Eagles face a five-game work week, while the Rebels and Bulldogs square off in Oxford this weekend.

No. 23 UNIVERSITY of SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (19-5, 5-1 Conference USA)

Last week

  • Tuesday, vs. Mississippi State University, 7-5 (W)
  • Friday, vs. Marshall University, 5-3 (11 innings) (W)
  • Friday, vs. Marshall University 8-7 (10 innings) (L)
  • Sunday, vs. Marshall University 13-3 (8 innings) (W)

The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 7-1 lead on Mississippi State University and then held on for a victory over the Bulldogs at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Taylor Braley picked up his second win of the year, scattering six hits and two runs over seven innings before tiring in the eighth inning, when MSU rallied for three runs. Dylan Burdeaux and Cole Donladson each drove in two runs.

Southern Miss split a Conference USA doubleheader with Marshall University on Friday. Four home runs, including LeeMarcus Boyd's two-run, walk-off in the bottom of the 11th gave the Golden Eagles the win in the opener. Closer Nick Sandlin (5-0) struck out a career-high seven batters in a season-long 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Herd's Sam Finfer returned the favor in the nightcap with a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning as Marshall won the nightcap to snap USM's nine-game winning streak.

After skipping Saturday because of weather, the Golden Eagles 10-run-ruled the Herd on Sunday, with Burdeaux's two-run double capping a three-run, eighth inning.

Burdeaux, Mason Irby and Storme Cooper each drove in three runs, while Irby had three hits and scored three runs. Starter Hayden Roberts limited the Herd to five hits and three runs over 7 1/3 innings.

Freshman Matt Wallner hit three home runs and Daniel Keating two during the Marshall series, while Braley, Boyd and Burdeaux each went yard once.

Wallner and Braley led the team with seven home runs each,

USM will wrap up a five-game homestand with a pair of midweek games with University of South Alabama and University of New Orleans at Taylor Park before hitting the road for a three-game conference series with Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

This week

  • Tuesday, vs. University of South Alabama, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, vs. University of New Orleans, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, at Western Kentucky University, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, at Western Kentucky University, 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, at Western Kentucky University, 1 p.m.

No. 19 UNIVERSITY of MISSISSIPPI (15-10, 3-3 Southeastern Conference)

Last week

  • Tuesday, vs., at University of Memphis, 2-1 (L)
  • Friday, at University of Kentucky, 9-6 (W)
  • Saturday, vs. University of Kentucky, 4-2 (L)
  • Sunday, vs. University of Kentucky, 4-1 (L)

The Rebels started the week with at Autozone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, where they dropped a 2-1 decision in extra innings. Colby Bortles tied the game in the ninth inning with a double, but the Tigers pushed across a run in the 11th for the walk-off win.

Ole Miss dropped an SEC series to the then-No. 19 University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, over the weekend.

The Rebels scored six times with two outs in the sixth inning to win Friday's opener and snap the Wildcats' eight-game winning streak. Grae Kessigner collected three of Ole Miss' 14 hits, including a two-run home run, while Will Golsan, Ryan Olenek, Tim Rowe, Cooper Johnson and Thomas Dillard each had two hits.

Kessigner and Dillard each scored two runs and drove in a pair.

Olenek and Chase Cockrell hit solo homers and Bortles had a double and single Saturday, but the Wildcats scored late to take a 4-2 win. On Sunday, two Rebels' errors led to two unearned runs as Kentucky took the rubber game 4-1.

Bortles capped his week with two more hits, while Olenek added a single, scored a run and stole a base.

The Rebels open a four-game homestand with University of Arkansas-Little Rock before hosting intrastate rival Mississippi State University in SEC starting Thursday at Swayze Field.

This week
  • Tuesday, vs. University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, vs. Mississippi State University, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, vs. Mississippi State University, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, vs. Mississippi State University, 1:30 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY (15-10, 3-3 Southeastern Conference)

Last week
  • Tuesday, vs. University of Southern Mississippi, 7-5 (L)
  • Friday vs. University of Tennessee, 5-4 (W)
  • Sunday vs. University of Tennessee, 14-4 (W)
  • Sunday vs. University of Tennessee, 7-4 (W)

Brent Rooker drove in a pair of runs and Hunter Vansau and Josh Lovelady had run-scoring singles in a three-run eighth inning, but the Bulldogs came up short in a loss to University of Southern Mississippi at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

But MSU broke out the bats in Knoxville, Tennessee, pounding out 46 hits in an SEC sweep of the Volunteers that evened the Bulldogs conference mark.

State broke a four-game losing streak in the Friday opener, rallying for a 5-4 win. Elijah MacNamee hit a home run to help the Bulldogs to a 2-0 lead, and Rooker, who knocked in six runs during the three-game series, hit a two-run double in a three-run seventh inning.

Jacob Barton (1-0) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief, while Spencer Price picked up the first of his two weekend saves.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-0 lead after four innings Saturday. By the time the dust had settled, MSU had banged out 20 hits, which was more than enough support for Peyton Plumlee (3-1).

Jake Mangum, who knocked in six runs in three games, had four hits and drove in five Saturday. Ryan Gridley also had four hits, while Rooker added three hits with two RBIs and Lovelady two hits and three RBIs.

The Bulldogs added 13 more hits Sunday. Rooker hit a two-run home run, his eighth of the season, while Gridley had a triple. Riley Self (3-0) picked up the win in relief, while Price logged his sixth save of the season.

Mangum finished the weekend with eight hits, while Gridley had seven.

The Bulldogs will visit the University of Memphis Tuesday before traveling to the University of Mississippi in Oxford for a three-game SEC series starting Thursday.

This week
  • Tuesday at University of Memphis, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday at University of Mississippi, 7 p.m.
  • Friday at University of Mississippi, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday at University of Mississippi, 1:30 p.m.

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