UM back in action Tuesday vs. SELA

The Rebs host Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday and Murray State Wednesday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.

From UM athletics media relations:

Tuesday and Wednesday match-ups scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

May 2, 2005


DATE: Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4 TIME: Tuesday- 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday- 6:30 p.m. STADIUM: Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field (3,500) TICKETS: Tickets still remain for both games and can be purchased at the Swayze Field Ticket Office. Tickets from the rained-out Game 5 against Southern Illinois may be used for Tuesday's game against Southeastern Louisiana.

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

SERIES RECORDS: SE Louisiana: Ole Miss leads 10-6; Murray State: Ole Miss leads 12-2-1.


SE Louisiana - Dan Canevari (Miami, Fla., 1980) is in his third season as the head coach of the Lions. He is 56-99 (.361 winning pct.) with the Lions, which is also his career record as a collegiate head coach.

Murray State - Rob McDonald (Murray State, 1984) is in his second season as the head coach of Murray State. He is 40-57 (.412 winning pct.) with the Thoroughbreds, which is also his career record as a division I collegiate head coach. Prior to being an associate head coach at Memphis and graduate assistant at Mississippi State, McDonald was a head coach at Lincoln (Ill.) Junior College.

Ole Miss -- Mike Bianco (LSU, 1989) is in his fifth season with the Rebels. He is 182-103-1 (.639 winning pct.) at Ole Miss and has a career record of 282-173-1 (.620 winning pct.) in his eighth year as a collegiate head coach.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: SE Louisiana & Murray State -- NR Ole Miss -- #21- Baseball America


TUESDAY, 6:30 P.M. SELA- TBA UM- Anthony Cupps (Jr., RHP, 6-3, 5.65 ERA) NOTING CUPPS: Has made 12 appearances, including 10 starts ... Last start came versus Memphis last Tuesday (W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 12 SO) ... The 12 strikeouts was a career high ... 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 13-10 in 51 career appearances, including 19 starts.


OXFORD, Miss. - No. 21 Ole Miss (Baseball America) will host Southeastern Louisiana (21-25) and Murray State (23-22) on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with game-time for both match-ups scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Tuesday's game with SE Louisiana will take the place of the Feb. 27 rained-out Southern Illinois game. All Game 5 tickets can be used for this game and $2 tickets will be on sale at the gate. Ole Miss (32-13) won at Southeastern Louisiana 10-8 on April 13. Ole Miss and Murray State have not met this season. Ole Miss looks to carry the momentum from the weekend sweep of arch-rival Mississippi State into this week's games.

Junior right-hander Anthony Cupps (6-3, 5.65 ERA) will start on the hill for the Rebels on Tuesday. Cupps has started 10 games this year and thrown 51.0 innings. He has struck out 36 and allowed only two home runs. Southeastern Louisiana has not announced their starter.

The Lions have a 4.96 team ERA with opponents hitting .286 off of them.

Southeastern Louisiana is hitting .300 as a team with 40 home runs. They are led by freshman shortstop Steve Clevenger who has a .364 batting average. Junior outfielder Ryan Spencer leads the team with nine home runs and 53 RBIs.

The Lions are 9-12 on the road and 9-12 in the Southland Conference.

The pitching match-ups for Wednesday night's game are to be announced.

Murray State has a team ERA of 4.51 and an opponent's batting average of .269.

The Thoroughbreds are hitting .290 as a team with 23 home runs on the year. Chaz Ebert leads the team with a .342 batting average, while Alex Stewart and Clint Griggs each have 35 RBIs.

Murray State is 8-12 on the road and 11-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Ole Miss trails only Tennessee (.334) in SEC team batting average, hitting .319. The Rebels are one slot behind Florida (.469/151) for the SEC team slugging percentage lead with a .463 and runs scored with 131. Ole Miss leads the conference in doubles and is in the conferences' top five in SEC games in on base percentage, hits, RBI's, home runs, total bases, total plate appearances, and walks.

The Rebels continue to be led by junior outfielder Brian Pettway, who boasts a .414 batting average. Preseason All-American Stephen Head leads the team with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs. Ole Miss has 57 home runs and 103 doubles as a team.

The Rebels continue to lead the SEC with a .974 fielding percentage and have turned a league-best 45 double plays.

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