Southern Miss – Ole Miss baseball game ruled “no contest” after playing conditions deemed unsafe.

PEARL – The game between Ole Miss and Southern Miss in baseball usually is one of the more anticipated games in the state. However, tonight, the turf monster won, as the game was ruled a ‘no contest’ due to the unplayable conditions on the field.

Several players slipped on the turf, and eventually, the umpires called the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Southern Miss leading 2-1.

“It was pretty evident that this thing could get pretty bad, and we both have a lot of season left, and certainly don’t need to get somebody hurt because of that.” Southern Miss head coach Scott Berry said.

The game will not be rescheduled this season.

During the game, both teams were playing well. Thanks to Billy Oldham’s solid outing, Southern Miss was holding down Ole Miss’s lineup. Oldham went 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K’s. It is tough to hold the Rebel’s lineup down, and he was doing it.

“He was [finding a groove early], we had them on a short leash because we need him on the weekend.” Berry said.

In other news, Christopher Sargent did not play due to his serving a suspension from the Sun Belt.

“He was serving a suspension tonight from the conference… I’ve got a handful that will serve suspensions and I’ll navigate that over the next few games.” Berry said.

Southern Miss takes on Troy this weekend in a three-game series.