Ole Miss Rebels shock Texas A&M Aggies in Crucial Weekend Series: Three Takeaways

After a disastrous loss to Murray State in midweek, the Ole Miss Rebels’ season seemed to be hanging by a thread. A series win against Texas A&M seemed like the only way to keep postseason hopes alive, and the Rebels got it done.

Here are three takeaways from last weekend’s series win over the Aggies.

Riley Maddox Offers

Riley Maddox looked locked in after giving up some runs early on Friday. Maddox had one of his best performances of the season, locating and using his sinker very effectively.

He struckout seven in six innings pitched, giving up only two earned runs. This seemed like a different Riley Maddox, as he didn’t have that blown inning that usually gets him into trouble. He gave the Rebs a chance and took on one of the most dangerous lineups in college baseball.

Texas A&M is a legitimate national championship contender, and keeping the lineup at bay is a good sign for the Rebels if their postseason dreams become a reality.

Cap back in the lineup

After Brayden Randle appeared to find his way into the lineup early in the season, coach Mike Bianco had a suspicion last weekend.

Reagan Burford was back in the lineup and looked hungry to make a difference, and he did so with a double in Game 1 and a big catch in Game 2 to get the scoring started. He also picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly in Saturday’s game.

Burford looked comfortable in the box, and with Luke Hill back close behind, this could give you an experienced presence on the pitch. Look for Bianco to continue feeding the hot hand that Burford is at the moment.

Season hangs in the balance

The Rebels still have a huge challenge ahead of them when they head to Baton Rouge this weekend for a showdown with rival LSU.

The Tigers have certainly had a disappointing season as they are also fighting for their postseason lives. Alex Box Stadium was a tough place to play, however, as the Aggies dropped the series on the Bayou before heading to Oxford.

The Rebels (11-16) are one spot ahead of the Tigers (10-17) in the SEC, but right now it’s less about the standings and more about piling up wins. A series win this weekend and perhaps one win in Hoover could be just enough to get into the tournament after two more quad-one wins last weekend. The Rebels also have a strong top-three schedule, which should bode well on Selection Sunday.

Before this weekend, the Rebels will take on Southern Miss on Tuesday in Hattiesburg, because they just need to win again. Another defeat in midweek could not only damage the CV, but also the team’s mental state ahead of what will be the biggest series of the year.