After heating things up a bit offensively in a 4-0 showing last week, MSU continued its offensive ways Tuesday night with eight runs on 11 hits en route to an 8-3 victory over Ole Miss in the annual Governor's Cup matchup at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi.
On the hill for State, youngsters Lucas Laster and Vance Tatum anchored the entire evenings' worth of work and did so quite well as the duo combined to allow just three Ole Miss hits and one earned run in nine innings. Laster struggled a bit with six hit-by-pitches, but overall he pitched very well in a spot where MSU needed to conserve arms for a short week series that starts with Texas A&M on Thursday night in Starkville.
The game featured a few more notable efforts by both MSU players and fans, including big Wes Rea, who had been mired in a slump for some time now, breaking out of it with two hits including a ripped two-RBI double in the sixth to help MSU break away. As for the fans, well they did their part as well, as MSU and Ole Miss fans together help set a new Trustmark Park record attendance with 8,496 fans. Well done to all who were in attendance tonight on both sides of the isle.
Last but certainly not least, the team found time to take an all-important #selfie with the trophy - a social media moment reminiscent of the many great ones we saw from this team last year. With a bit of momentum and some of that relaxed swagger seemingly back, is 2013's team beginning to emerge with this team in this year? It may still be too early to tell, but a good showing against the Aggies of A&M this weekend would go a long way towards this team's efforts of ending the regular season on a tear, and with something to prove