29 Apr

numbers to crunch

355. That is the most significant number to come out of the weekend of Mississippi college baseball. It’s the number of hits — an SEC record — in the four-year career of Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum, who’s not done yet, of course. But there are many other numbers to crunch. To wit:
9 — Number of wins by the state’s Big 3 Division I schools, each of which recorded a conference sweep. State put away nationally ranked Georgia, Ole Miss whipped nationally ranked Texas A&M and Southern Miss thumped Middle Tennessee State.
14-5-7-3 — Line over three games by USM’s Matt Wallner, who homered twice against MTSU. Wallner, finally beginning to flash some All-America form, is batting .296 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.
10-2-4-5 — Line over three games by Ole Miss’ Thomas Dillard, who is hitting .323 with nine homers and 41 RBIs.
7 — RBIs in three games by State’s Tanner Allen, matching the number of hits by Mangum in the sweep of Georgia. Allen has 45 RBIs, second on the team to Luke Alexander’s 49.
15 — Jackson State’s winning streak before the Tigers dropped the final two games of their SWAC series against Alabama State.
20 — Gulf South Conference wins by both Delta State and Mississippi College. DSU won Sunday’s rubber game in their series at Clinton 6-4 — behind the clutch pitching of Dalton Minton and Patrick Rodgers — to finish 20-9 in the league to MC’s 20-7. The Choctaws will be the 2-seed in this week’s GSC Tournament and the Statesmen will be No. 3. Both will play on Friday in Oxford, Ala.
5-6 — The seedings for Blue Mountain College and William Carey University in this week’s SSAC Tournament. Both will play on Wednesday at Montgomery, Ala.
7 — Straight wins by Itawamba Community College, which swept Hinds in a pair of one-run games and continues to lead the MACJC pack at 20-4. Northwest. which has won five straight, is 20-6.

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