Ole Miss-Memphis meet in first of two games

Ole Miss and Memphis will play each other on back to back nights starting at 6:30 tonight in Oxford. Game two is a rainout makeup from earlier in the season, now scheduled for Autozone Park in downtown Memphis Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

*** Rick Stupak - UM athletics media relations

DATE: Tuesday, April 26; Wednesday, April 27
TIME: Tuesday- 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday- 6:30 p.m.
STADIUM: Tuesday- Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field (3,500); Wednesday- AutoZone Park (15,000)
TICKETS: Tickets still remain for both games and can be purchased at the Swayze Field Ticket Office on Tuesday and the AutoZone Park Ticket Office on Wednesday.

TV- None
RADIO- Ole Miss Radio Network
INTERNET: Live audio for both games will be available on the official Ole Miss athletic web site, www.OleMissSports.com. Live in-game statistics will be available for Tuesday's contest on www.OleMissSports.com. OleMissSports.TV will have live streaming video for both games.

SERIES RECORD: Ole Miss leads 76-45

Memphis -- Daron Schoenrock (Tennessee Tech, 1984) is in his first season as the head coach of Memphis. He is 10-28 (.263 winning pct.) with the Tigers and has a career record of 35-80 (.304 winning pct.) in three seasons as a collegiate head coach. Schoenrock's only other previous head coaching position was a two-year stint at Lincoln Memorial from 1988-1989.

Ole Miss -- Mike Bianco (LSU, 1989) is in his fifth season with the Rebels. He is 177-103-1 (.632 winning pct.) at Ole Miss and has a career record of 277-173-1 (.615 winning pct.) in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach. Bianco is 6-2 in his career versus Memphis.

Memphis -- NR

Ole Miss -- #22- Sports Weekly/ESPN

TUESDAY, 6:30 P.M.
MEM- Blake Richardson (Jr., RHP, 1-2, 6.14 ERA)
UM- Anthony Cupps (Jr., RHP, 5-3, 5.80 ERA)
NOTING CUPPS: Has made 11 appearances, including nine starts ... Last start came versus Alabama on April 10 (L, 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) ... Longest outing of the year was March 27 at Tennessee (W, 8.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO) ... Is 12-10 with a 3.84 ERA (175.2 IP, 75 ER) in 50 career appearances, including 18 starts.

MEM- Daniel de Armas (Sr., RHP, 2-3, 8.89 ERA)

.271 Batting Average .314
5.7 Runs Per Game 7.6
9.4 Hits Per Game 10.9
57 Doubles 93
10 Triples 7
20 Home Runs 47
190 RBI 282
45-63 Stolen Bases 28-38
6.96 ERA 4.07
5.5 K/9 Innings 8.0
4.1 BB/9 Innings 2.9
.943 Fielding Pct. .973

OXFORD, Miss. - No. 22 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) Ole Miss (27-13) will open a two-game, home-and-home series with Mid-South rival Memphis (10-28) Tuesday evening, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m., at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The two schools will also meet Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., at AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis.

Wednesday's game is the rescheduled contest from March 22 that was postponed due to inclement weather.

Ole Miss is coming off a 2-1 series win over Georgia this past weekend in Oxford, snapping a string of three straight Southeastern Conference series losses. Memphis dropped 2-of-3 this past weekend at East Carolina in a Conference USA series, and the Tigers have lost 15-of-17 overall entering Tuesday's game with the Rebels.

Junior right-hander Anthony Cupps (5-3, 5.80 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Rebels on Tuesday, while Ole Miss has not announced a starter for Wednesday's game. It will be Cupps' first start since April 10 against Alabama.

The Rebels currently rank third in the SEC with a .314 team batting average and their 47 home runs ranks fourth in the conference.

Junior right fielder Brian Pettway leads the SEC with a .429 batting average. He has recorded a hit in 36-of-40 games and has 11 home runs and 41 RBI. Sophomore left fielder Mark Wright is hitting .360 with nine home runs and 32 RBI, while junior first baseman Stephen Head is hitting .311 and leads Ole Miss with 12 home runs and 42 RBI.

Ole Miss' .973 team fielding percentage is tied for first in the SEC with South Carolina, and the Rebels' 41 double plays also tops the conference.

The Tigers are hitting .271 as a team. Senior outfielder Ryan Martin is batting .340 and leads Memphis with eight home runs and 43 RBI, while senior outfielder Chad House is batting at a .321 clip.

The Tiger pitching staff has a 6.96 team ERA and opponents are batting .329 against them with 52 home runs.

The Tigers are fielding .943 as a team, having been charged with 85 errors in 38 games.

Junior right-hander Blake Richardson (1-2, 6.14 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound Tuesday evening for Memphis, while senior right-hander Daniel de Armas (2-3, 8.89 ERA) is slated to start on Wednesday.

Ole Miss holds an overall series lead at 76-45, and the Rebels have won 12 of the last 14 meetings in the series.

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