Alabama Faces Tough Ole Miss Squad

Alabama will open a three-game series with Southeastern Conference Western Division foe Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Alabama is 16-8 overall and took two out of three against Tennessee last weekend in opening Southeasetern Conference play. Ole Miss is 16-7, and lost two out of three to top-ranked Vanderbilt.

Alabama will play its first road series of the season at Swayze Field, where Ole Miss holds one of the biggest home crowds in college baseball.

Alabama sophomore lefty Miers Quigley will start Friday night's game against Will Kline. Kline is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

Alabama is still without three pitchers who are injured, and a fourth, Austin Hyatt, will be limited to no more than an inning of work as he returns from a sore shoulder.

Bama sophomore Tommy Hunter will be used out of the bullpen once again to try to put out fires wherever they pop up. Alabama Coach Jim Wells would ideally like to use Hunter to close out a game on Friday and to have him available to finish in long relief on Sunday.

Bernard Robert is scheduled to start for the Crimson Tide on Saturday, with Casey Kebodeaux the most likely Sunday starter. Although, after pitching six innings against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday, Brian Griggs could see an opportunity to pitch on the weekends.

Ole Miss will go with Lance Lynn on Saturday, who is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's National Pitcher of the week after he took a no-hitter into eighth inning against Vanderbilt last week.

Ole Miss has won eight of its last 11 games entering its 2007 SEC home opener thanks to one of the SEC's top pitching staffs. Ole Miss pitchers carry a sparkling 2.40 ERA into the Alabama series.

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