Good, bad, ugly from Mississippi State baseball's disastrous series vs. Ole Miss

2021 NCAA Division I Men's Baseball Championship
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The Ugly: Game 3's lopsided defeat for MSU and Chris Lemonis

Saturday night was frustrating, infuriating, and disappointing, but to an extent it was forgivable. Game three doesn’t get that sort of description. In the rubber match, things took a significant turn for the worse for Chris Lemonis and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. What initially began as a closely contested series quickly devolved into a lopsided and humiliating series that ended a long streak of success over Mississippi State’s rival. 

Game three was devastating. 

From the outset, for some reason or another, it seems like the Bulldogs were fighting an uphill battle against Ole Miss. The Rebels’ bats managed to pound out 16 hits and they scored runs with ease. Ole Miss poured on an offensive onslaught and the game was put out of reach in a hurry. And thus, a series loss for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs’ pitchers struggled considerably here.

It’s never a good sign when your starter gets chased from the game after just a couple innings. And really, the Bulldogs’ bullpen didn’t fare any better.

The lopsided nature of this particular loss presents a pretty unfortunate picture for the MSU baseball faithful.

But, well, this season isn’t over. Not yet. Chris Lemonis theoretically has time to get things going back in the right direction. But he’s going to seriously need to get things improving in a hurry. This loss is going to sit with a number of folks for a little while.