Ole Miss wins game 2 of doubleheader over MSU

Game 3 is Sunday.

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 9:36 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 10:38 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – While nothing went the way of No. 3 Ole Miss in Game 1 at Mississippi State, the Rebels rolled in Game 2 behind a brilliant pitching effort from Ryan Rolison and a 14-hit day from the offense to even the series.


Ole Miss fell 13-3 in Game 1, but turned around and dominated Game 2, 6-1. After their fourth doubleheader of the season, the Rebels ended the day at 27-5 overall and 7-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

Game 2 was a much different story. Rolison turned in a terrific performance, tying his longest outing of the season, going 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out nine and walking two.

Rolison was sharp from his first pitch, retiring the Bulldogs in order in the opening frame.

Ole Miss struck first after a single by Zabowski. The Rebel first baseman advanced to second after a balk by MSU starter Ethan Small, and Tyler Keenan made him pay, sending a two-out single back up the middle to plate Zabowski for the game’s first run. Jacob Adams followed suit, shooting one right back up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.

Mississippi State got one back after consecutive doubles to open the third inning, but from then on, Rolison was lights-out. After the run scored, the sophomore out of Jackson, Tennessee, struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Ole Miss added two more in the fourth after a two-out single by Kessinger. Ryan Olenek and Fortes then sprayed back-to-back doubles to opposite ends of the field, Olenek’s to left and Fortes’ to right, to make for another two-run inning on two outs by the Rebels.

The Rebels tacked on two more in the fifth after a leadoff single by Will Golsan. Chase Cockrell sent the Rebel captain home with a double deep to center field. Shortly thereafter, Adams drove in his second run of the day, plating Cockrell while grounding into a fielder’s choice.

As it turned out, those six runs were more than enough for the combination of Rolison and Will Ethridge.

From then on, Rolison allowed just one baserunner in the fifth and one in the seventh but was otherwise flawless through his final three innings before giving way to Ethridge.

The Bulldog batters had no answer for the 6-foot-5 reliever. He retired MSU in order in the eighth and allowed a lone single in the ninth before fanning the final two batters of the night to seal the win. Ethridge’s line was indicative of his dominance: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.

Fortes and Olenek were outstanding at the plate, each going 3-for-5 with an RBI in Game 2. Cockrell finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Keenan was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Adams was clutch in the nine-hole as well, going 1-for-4 with two RBI.

The Game 3 rubber match is set for a 1 p.m. CT start with James McArthur set to take the mound for Ole Miss against MSU’s Jacob Billingsley.

Quick Hits
- Ryan Olenek extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He has reached base in 12 consecutive games, the team’s longest standing streak.
- Olenek now boasts a team-best 14 multi-hit games, as well as five three-hit games.
- Jacob Adams recorded his second multi-RBI game as a Rebel.
- Ryan Rolison tallied his sixth start with eight or more strikeouts. He now has 63 K on the season.
- Rolison’s one run allowed tied for his second-lowest figure this season
- Will Ethridge notched his ninth scoreless appearance of the season.
- Ethridge struck out multiple batters for the seventh time this season. His four Ks tied for his second-most this season.

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