Ole Miss Defeats Mississippi State, 5-1

After sweeping Ole Miss three games at Oxford this past weekend, Mississippi State saw Ole Miss come back and salvage a 5-1 victory in the Mayor's Trophy Game in Jackson, Mississippi Wednesday night. The win was Ole Miss' fourth in the last five Mayor's Trophy games.

"Anytime you play a good ballclub, which I think Ole Miss is, it is a bear trying to beat them four times," said MSU coach Ron Polk. "A sweep is tough enough. Give them credit, they found a way to win tonight and they did it with freshmen pitchers. Then again, anytime you beat a club like Ole Miss three out of four, that is a credit to your ballclub."

MSU hitters had trouble solving Ole Miss' freshman lefthander Brae Wright, who held the Bulldog hitters to 1 run on 5 hits in his six innings of work before leaving the game with a minor injury. MSU could no better against Ole Miss' other freshmen pitchers, Anthony Cupps and Stephen Head.

"I thought that their pitching was very effective, they worked the zone up," said Ron Polk. "We had been doing a pretty good job of not hitting routine fly balls, but I think we hit 11 or 12 (tonight). It is hard to generate any kind of offense (when you do that)."

Polk made note of the young pitchers that both he and his counterpart, Mike Bianco, threw during the game.

"The people who were at the ballgame tonight saw a lot of young pitchers for both teams; (freshmen) Brae Wright and Anthony Cupps (and Stephen Head) for Ole Miss and we threw (freshmen) Brad Corley, Brooks Dunn and Brett Cleveland and redshirt sophomore Saunders Ramsey," said Polk.

MSU's next game action is this weekend when they face Kentucky in Starkville. Kentucky, whose coach Keith Madison resigned a couple of days ago, is 0-9 in SEC play so far this season.

"It is scary to play a ballclub that is 0-9. They have some good arms, especially youngsters, so this is not going to be easy and you can throw records aside," said Polk. "Sure we would like to think about winning three ballgames, but that is not going to be easy. Kentucky is going to be a good foe."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher and owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial site for Mississippi State sports since October, 1996. He can be reached by email at swindoll@genespage.com

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