Mississippi State vs Southern : The Mississippi State baseball team is playing host to Southern Miss this weekend for a three-game series in Starkville. The No. 14 Mississippi State baseball team capitalized on the third error of the game by Southern Miss, as sophomore Tanner Allen sent the Dudy Noble Field faithful home happy with a walk-off RBI double that scored classmate Jordan Westburg from first on Sunday afternoon.
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Much like Mississippi State and Ole Miss dominated the college football landscape during the inaugural playoff rankings in 2014, this year is the closest equivalent for the two schools in college basketball. For the first time since 2002, both the Bulldogs and Rebels are NCAA Tournament bound in the same season. First up is eight seed Ole Miss taking on nine seed Oklahoma, followed by five seed MSU against 12 seed Liberty. So far, SEC teams are 4-0 in the tournament, giving the Rebs good reason to believe they’re plenty battled-tested enough to make it to the round of 32.
But even so, the Bulldogs aren’t trusting that classic 12-5 trap game upset. Mississippi State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ben Howland said, “We sat there and watched the unveiling of the tournament on Sunday together. And right after they announced who we were playing, Seth Davis, I mean it was like boom! He said it right away, so it made my job real easy.” Ole Miss Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kermit Davis Jr. said, “When you play in leagues like ours, when you’ve played in those kinds of games every night.
I told our team yesterday, I said guys you’ve been tested in every way possible a college team can get tested by what you went through in an 18-game schedule in this league. So they’ve been in these big environments and big arenas. And do you have a little nerves, probably a little jitters at first when the ball is tipped and you get it going? Sure. But the biggest thing is just stay true to yourself, do what you do.” With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game, the No. 14 Mississippi State baseball team capitalized on the third error of the game by Southern Miss, as sophomore Tanner Allen sent the Dudy Noble Field faithful home happy with a walk-off RBI double that scored classmate Jordan Westburg from first on Sunday afternoon. Graduate student Cole Gordon (2-0) picked up his second victory on the season with two innings of scoreless relief to run his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 innings of work dating back to the 2018 season.
Redshirt-junior Trysten Barlow made his second appearance of the weekend and got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth inning and tossed a perfect seventh inning. Mississippi State left eight runners on base while Southern Miss stranded 11 runners. Of the eight stranded for the Diamond Dawgs, seven of those came over the first five innings. Jordan Westburg crouched down outside the batter’s box at Dudy Noble Field, writhing in pain. The sophomore shortstop took a foul tip to the leg during his ninth-inning at-bat against Southern Miss on Sunday afternoon. Mississippi State had two outs and nobody on base, deadlocked in a 3-3 tie.
It looked like the ailing Westburg wouldn’t reach either, which would have sent the game to extra innings for the second time in the series. But for Westburg, giving up was never an option. He took his time and stepped back to the plate. “I was going to stay in the game no matter what it took,” Westburg said. He managed to put a ball in play and wound up on first base because of a throwing error by Southern Miss’ shortstop. Minutes later, Westburg stomped on home plate after sophomore first baseman Tanner Allen’s double. Mississippi State had just secured a 4-3 victory and a series win over an in-state rival.
Head coach Chris Lemonis said he learned a lot about his Bulldogs, who improved to 6-1 this season with the win. The Dogs had their backs against the wall after Friday’s series-opening loss. Junior catcher Dustin Skelton said so himself. They responded by winning the final two games of the series against a team that swept them one year ago. “It’s just about not giving up,” Westburg said. “Our guys just wouldn’t give in,” Lemonis added. Not giving up. Not giving in. That’s the mentality Mississippi State wants to have every time it takes the field. So far in 2019, the Diamond Dawgs are doing a good job with it.
When Allen laced his liner into right field, the ball ricocheted awkwardly off the Adkerson Plaza rounded-wall near the foul line. That gave Westburg enough time to sprint home from first. Allen was never worried about Westburg; he said he knew his teammate would score on the play. Westburgh wasn’t so sure, so he gave it everything he had as he churned around the bases. “I saw coach Cheesebrough just jumping around, waving me around,” Westburg said. “I saw the dugout and the way they were acting. I didn’t know if there was going to be a play (at home) or not, but I knew that I got a good jump.”
Lemonis said the tenacity Westburg showed by staying in his at-bat and running the bases as hard as he did to score the winning run embodies the type of character he wants his entire lineup to have. Allen displayed some mental fortitude himself on his way to becoming the game’s RBI-hero. Allen finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs knocked in, but it was an at-bat in the fourth inning that gave him the motivation to produce the game-winning hit. With the bases loaded and Mississippi State ready to break the game open as it did one day prior in an 8-1 win, Allen stepped to the plate.
Five pitches later, he struck out looking. “It’s real easy to get mad right there,” Allen said. “But you just have to stay even-keel. You’re going to get another at-bat to make a difference in the game, and that’s what happened.” It’s one thing for Mississippi State to have resilience against an inferior opponent at home, as it did in last week’s 3-2 win over UAB. It’s another thing to do it against a highly-regarded opponent like Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles came into this series with confidence.
They carried an unblemished 3-0 record into Dudy Noble Field and made it 4-0 against the Bulldogs on Friday. What Mississippi State did from Friday forward shouldn’t be taken lightly. “It’s huge,” Westburg said. “Everybody knows how big this series is. Everybody knows that Southern Miss is a really, really good ball club. For us to finish that off on a strong Sunday is awesome.” “Seeing some guys in some tough situations and seeing the fight in the Friday night