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

Dudy Noble Field. Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics

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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