Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tigers End Rebels Nine Game Winning Streak

An 8-2 win today by LSU ended the Rebels nine game winning streak after what had been two powerful days for the Rebels. The Friday and Saturday game saw great pitching and pretty good hitting on behalf of Ole Miss. I thought this would be back to back sweeps for the Rebels, but they ran out of gas today. LSU played a good game today and Ole Miss just did not have it.

The Rebels have one game in midweek ball against Mississippi State in the Mayor's Cup or whatever they call it now. The Rebels need the extra day off, as several players are banged up with injuries including Overbeck, Guerrero, and Henson. I know it is Mississippi State and it is an important game, but I would truly consider benching Overbeck and Guerrero due to their injuries. Their legs need the rest and this game is not important in the big picture. The weekend series at South Carolina means alot more than a game that does not count in the conference standings, so I think it is worth consideration.

All in all it was a great nine game run, and well needed at a time when many Rebel fans(including myself) were just about ready to give in on the season.

Below is a recap of today's game:

OXFORD, Miss. – Logan Power hit his sixth home run of the season, but it wasn’t enough to help the Rebels pick up a sweep for the second straight weekend as No. 18 Ole Miss (24-12, 9-6 SEC) fell to LSU (22-13, 6-9 SEC) by a score of 8-2 on Sunday.
The loss snapped a nine-game win streak for the Rebels, who were going for a second straight sweep in SEC play after sweeping then sixth-ranked Vanderbilt a week ago.
Cody Satterwhite (3-2) suffered the loss for Ole Miss as he allowed four runs on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Ryan Verdugo (6-2) picked up the win for the Tigers as he pitched a complete game, allowing two runs o three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
“We don’t look at it as win streaks ending and starting and those things,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “I’m disappointed with the way we played. It didn’t matter if we won nine in a row or lost yesterday, this wasn’t a great game for us. Certainly, their guy was terrific on the mound. It is very ironic how baseball is, where the guy that is not supposed to start comes out and pitches a complete game, a three-hitter and it is just not a good day for us offensively.”