Younger Henry highlights Rebel offense

Jordan Henry says his offensive outbursts against No. 17 Mississippi State (27-11, 9-8) are a coincidence, but it is pretty easy to say that the visitors don't feel like the lucky ones.

In two contests against Ole Miss' bitter rivals, Jordan has torched Bulldog tossing, going a combined 9-11 including a 5-6 performance Friday that ended just a home run short of the cycle. The No. 18 Rebels' leadoff speedster set the tone for a 17-7 pasting of visiting MSU in the SEC series opener.

"Both times we have played them there have been great atmospheres," Jordan said. "That helps, but I guess it is just a coincidence that it happened against them. That is a good thing I guess."

Jordan's sterling performance in Pearl ended in a 14-9 loss after State produced one more big inning than Ole Miss (29-15, 11-8), but that would definitely not be the case in Oxford. Jordan made sure of that early by scoring in each of the first three innings as the Rebels blitzed the Bulldogs for tallies of four, four and six runs respectively amid Ole Miss' 22-hit barrage.

MSU struck first with one in the opening frame, but Jordan singled to left field to open for Ole Miss, and the rout was on. Jordan's triple in the second and his double in the third inning supplied enough support to last the night and remove most doubt from the proceedings.

"We were locked in," head coach Mike Bianco said. "Not only putting up a good first inning but were able to put three innings together. We are looking like the team we thought we would be."

Justin Henry put up a pretty solid night himself as he finished with multiple hits and three RBI. He also had a triple during the scoring onslaught, and he said the big thing was trying to keep pace with his younger brother.

"I have to try to keep up with him," Justin said jokingly. "He gets a hit every at-bat. He is probably a little faster than me, but I have more stolen bases."

Jordan has now raised his average to .388 and used Friday to overtake his brother for the team lead in runs scored with 42.

All in all, the night couldn't have went better for the Rebel offense, but Justin was quick to point out that work is left undone since there are two games remaining.

"It was big for a Friday, but we have to come out tomorrow," Justin said. "The score is 0-0 starting off so we have to be ready to play."

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