This evening, Jackson, Miss. will play host for the annual Governors Cup baseball game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Trustmark Park.
Every season, the Rebels and Bulldogs play each other at least four times, in a three-game conference series in Oxford or Starkville and a non-conference game that has been dubbed the Governor’s Cup.
This rivalry between two SEC teams steps out of conference to play for fans in the middle of the state can’t make the trip to Oxford or Starkville. Every year since this game was originally played at Smith Wills and now at Trustmark, fans have filled the stadium with half Red and Blue and half Marron and White. The divide occurs right behind home plate.
A packed house is inevitable since the two teams recently set a NCAA on-campus attendance record. More than 15,586 were in Starkville for Super Bulldog weekend and the rival series.
No.12 Ole Miss (30-11) looks to bounce back after dropping a heartbreaking series to LSU over the weekend. Senior first baseman Sikes Orvis hit his ninth home run of the year against the Tigers.
No. 20 Mississippi State (26-15) swept the Missouri Tigers on the road last weekend. The Bulldogs are led at the plate by Derrick Armstrong who has a .377 batting average on the season.
When these two teams meet in the Jackson tonight, the overall series is split right down the middle, each squad as won 17 games.
Fans that can not make the trip tonight can listen to all the action on the Ole Miss Baseball Network. This game will not be on TV or RebelVision.
–Adam Brown, sports editor of HottyToddy.com, email@example.com
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