No. 7 Ole Miss starts a five game home stand today
By: Adam Brown, Sports Editor of HottyToddy.com
The Ole Miss baseball team returns to Swayze Field today to host the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in a two-game mid-week series.
Ole Miss (11-1) moved up one spot in the Baseball America Poll to number seven in the country from number eight. After the Rebels finished last week’s games with a record of 4-1, defeating Arkansas Pine Bluff (Wednesday) and claiming a three-game sweep over Florida International over the weekend, the lone loss came on Tuesday night against the Memphis Tigers by a score of 4-3.
The sweep over Florida International was the third straight series sweep for the Rebels since the 2004 season. Ole Miss displayed a great offensive performance over the weekend going ahead of the Golden Panthers in each game and answered every run FIU put on the board with a run of their own.
Junior catcher Stuart Turner dominated the FIU pitching going 8-for-12 at the plate over the weekend, hitting .667 in the series. On the week last week he hit .579 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and recorded a total of nine RBIs.
Southeastern Louisiana (8-2) comes into Oxford after sweeping Texas Southern. The Lions are led at the plate by senior Harry Slade, who has a batting average of .444 on the season, while junior Aaron Hagg leads the team with 13 RBI’s.
The potential pitching matchup for these two games are: freshman Kyle Cedotal, LHP; for SELA versus sophomore Josh Laxer, RHP; for Ole Miss, and on Wednesday, the Lions are sending to the mound senior Kaleb Manuel, RHP; versus the Rebels freshman Brady Bramlett, RHP.
Ole Miss and Southeastern Louisiana will meet for the 20th and 21st times this week. In the previous 19 meetings the Rebels won a total of 13 games against the Lions. The last time they met on the diamond was back in 2006.
First pitch between the Rebels and the Lions today will be at 5 P.M. and tomorrow’s first pitch will be at 11 A.M.
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