Dating back to the start of 2016, Mississippi State has a shockingly lopsided record against in-state rival Ole Miss, having won 11 out of their last 13 head-to-head match-ups, including this year’s Governor’s Cup.
Just last month, the fifth ranked Bulldogs won their fourth straight Governor’s Cup with an 8-1 victory over the 11th ranked Rebels.
Since then, the Diamond Dawgs have won six out of their last seven and Jake Mangum took over as the new hit king from the Southeastern Conference.
Meanwhile, the Rebels have won five out of their last seven, including their first series victory in Baton Rouge since 1982.
Consider the stage set for one of the best rivalries in all of college baseball. “It’s just going to be a fun weekend. It’s the best state in America for college baseball and I don’t think there’s a close second, you know? People care about baseball in the state of Mississippi, so everybody is going to be locked in on the series and it’s not like any other SEC weekend. It’s definitely personal for both teams. It’s not really getting wrapped up in who we’re playing, how good the team is playing. It’s if we play our game of baseball we typically win almost every game, so we just need to come out and do that,” said Mangum.
The Bulldogs and Rebels will lead off their three-game series at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow from Swayze Field.