Miss. State’s Bullpen Leads The WayColumns
OXFORD, Miss. — Riley Self jogged by himself down the first-base line at Swayze Field to the Mississippi State bullpen in right field – one whose complexion looks a lot different than it did on opening day. Self gazed up to the scoreboard that bore a 3-0 lead in favor of Ole Miss in the sixth inning.
Bulldog ace Konnor Pilkington had been chased after five innings, and gave way to junior righty Jacob Barton and a Bulldog pen that has been decimated by injuries this season. Ole Miss was in full control of the game.
Self – a true freshman – began to warm, hoping his team would claw its way back into the game.
“I went down the bullpen on my own when it was 3-0 and hoping we’d come back and we did,” Self said. “They got us back and I did my best to keep it right there, let them hit and do the work.”
Mississippi State scored three runs in the top half of the seventh inning to tie its heated rival and garner its first bit of energy in the game. The bottom half of the inning belonged to Self. A shutdown frame following the offensive burst would further swing the momentum, and he knew it. He quickly retired 9-1-2 in the Ole Miss order and swiftly hopped back into the dugout as the momentum in the game began to shift.
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