When you think back on the magical run had by the 2013 Diamond Dawgs, do you remember that they were once 36-15 with a 13-13 SEC record with their backs against the wall facing a sweep in Oxford, Mississippi? Ole Miss had used rain and good fortune to win the first two games and have their ace, Bobby Wahl, on the hill to close the sweep. It looked like the Rebels were about to overtake MSU within the conference Regional hosting opportunities. It was 6-0 Ole Miss after 5 innings on Mother’s Day, and then the season turned on a dime for the Bulldogs.
It all started in the top of the 6th when State got a couple of base hits to chase Wahl from the game. A couple more hits drove in some runs and then a big 2-run double to deep right by Adam Frazier made it 6-4. By the time the inning was through, it was 6-5. But MSU, and Frazier, weren’t finished. In the top of the 7th the bases were loaded with 2 out when Adam delivered another 2-run hit, this time a single through the hole at 1st & 2nd. Now the Dawgs had the lead, 7-6.
On the other side of game, Cohen had already used Johnathon Holder to stop the bleeding in the 2nd & 3rd innings. Chad Girodo was brought in for the 4th and Ben Bracewell was cruising – in his third inning of work when he took the hill for the bottom of the 7th. Ben had his best stuff of the year that May afternoon, striking out 3 Rebs in 5 innings of work, allowing just one hit. He got the win, and State salvaged the series in dramatic fashion.
This was a turning point for the Dawgs. From that point on, MSU was 15-5 only losing to South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Central Arkansas and twice to UCLA. They also defeated the likes of South Carolina (3 times), Virginia (twice), Oregon State (twice) and Indiana in that span. Ole Miss faded away after this game, losing 2 of 3 to LSU and then going on to a quick exit in their Regional.