As reported by WTVA/MSU Athletics/Ole Miss Athletics this morning, “Mississippi State’s pitching trio of Ryan Cyr, Zac Houston and Jacob Billingsley combined on a nine-hit shutout as the Bulldogs blanked Ole Miss 2-0 in the annual Governor’s Cup Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.”
Sad news for Ole Miss, but GREAT news for their rival MSU as the Bulldogs completed a two-game season sweep at a SOLD OUT Trustmark Park that housed 8,542 fans, the largest in Trustmark history!
It was a night of “firsts” as this was also the first shutout in the 10-year history of the Governor’s Cup (the 7th played at Trustmark Park), and was the culmination of the three game series that began on March 29th with MSU Bulldogs over Southern Miss Golden Eagles (13-5); the April 5th game which saw the Ole Miss Rebels versus Southern Miss Golden Eagles (6-2); and, last night’s game!
The stadium was packed with fans of all ages, we saw babies dressed in Ole Miss or MSU togs sitting on laps of parents equally decked out in their school finery. Many of these fans started their day at the Outlets of Mississippi shopping for sports-related gear at stores such as Sports Nation, adidas, Reebok, Nike and Under Armour. Sunglass were “de rigueur” (it was a hot and sunny day!) so many fans stopped at the newly remodeled Sunglass Hut before heading to the stadium. Some of them moved onto pre-game festivities at the Alumni House at the Holiday Inn, and there were Alumni House post-game activities too! Many of the fans were spotted dining at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill at nearby Bass Pro Shops, while others were at Farm Bureau Grill at Trustmark Park before the game started, but the concession stands were packed with people all night long, no one went away from the game hungry or thirsty!
That’s it for this year, but get ready for the College Series in 2017!
Stay tuned –
The Bulldogs have now thrown six shutouts this season as they continue their march on the road in the Southeastern Conference for the second straight weekend when they play Atlanta (the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide will meet at 6:30pm Thursday, ESPNU; at 7:00pm Friday, SEC Network+; and, at 3:00pm Saturday, SEC Network+).
Meanwhile, the Ole Miss Rebels return home for a conference series versus the LSU Tigers on Thursday starting at 6:00pm, SEC Network; at 6:30pm Friday, on SEC Network+; while Sunday’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 11:00am. The Rebels will also be celebrating Alumni Weekend, bringing back former Ole Miss baseball players which includes members of the 1956 College World Series team.