Rebels-Bulldogs meet tonight in Jackson

Ole Miss comes in on a bit of roll, winning five of its last six Southeastern Conference games, while Mississippi State has slipped a bit, losing four of its last six SEC contests. The Rebels have won the last four Mayor's Trophy games. The game does not count in the SEC standings.

JACKSON - Twenty-six times they've played the Mayor's Trophy game in Jackson. Each team has 13 wins.

It's taken the Ole Miss Rebels a while to catch up after falling behind in the series. Four wins in a row now and victories in six of the last seven encounters have given the baseball Mayor's Trophy a home in Oxford only rivaled by the number of times the football Golden Egg has resided there.

Tonight's contest matches the Bulldogs (25-6 on the season) and the Rebels (19-13 on the year). Ole Miss beat Auburn two of three over the weekend in Oxford, while State lost to Georgia two of three in Starkville.

Tonight's matchup is at Smith-Wills Stadium, where this contest has been played for years. But there is talk that it might move to new Trustmark Park in Pearl in the future. No definite word has come down yet.

"This game is good for college baseball in the state of Mississippi," Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco said. "It's good when two arch rivals play baseball in the state capital. It brings a lot of attention to college baseball and to the two programs."

Ole Miss third baseman Chris Coghlan knows its importance.

"I'm not from here (he's from Florida), but I know what it means to play Mississippi State," said Coghlan, playing in his third Mayor's Trophy contest as a Rebel. "We want to win this game. It's an important game for us, although it does not count in the SEC standings."

After tonight's contest, the Rebels move back into SEC play at South Carolina this weekend, while Mississippi State travels to Auburn.

The following are tonight's gamenotes from Bill Bunting of Ole Miss athletics media relations:


RADIO: Tuesday's game can be heard on the Ole Miss Radio Network and locally in Oxford on WTNM Supertalk Mississippi 105.5 FM. Air time is 25 minutes prior to first pitch with David Kellum and Richard Cross.

INTERNET: Live audio and in-game statistics will be available on the official Ole Miss athletic web site, www.OleMiss Live streaming video and audio will be available at www.OleMissSports.TV. Saturday's game will not be broadcast live due to SEC contractural rules prohibting the broadcast of games between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

SATTELITE RADIO: This mid-week game will not be carried on Sirius.

SERIES INFO: Miss. State leads the all-time series 221-186-5. Ole Miss won the last series 3-0 in Oxford in 2005.


Miss. State -- Ron Polk (Grand Canyon, 1965) is in his in his 27th season at the helm of the Mississippi State baseball program and has compiled a 1,300-630-2 record in his 33 years as a head coach.

Ole Miss -- Mike Bianco (LSU, 1989) is in his sixth season with the Rebels. He is 217-123-1 (.637 winning pct.) at Ole Miss and has a career record of 317-194-1 (.621 winning pct.) in his ninth year as a collegiate head coach. Bianco led the Rebels to the first regular season championship in 23 years with an SEC Western Division Co-Championship in 2005.


Miss. State -- #9 - NCBWA; #10 - Baseball America; #10 - Collegiate Baseball; #11 - ESPN/SW

Ole Miss -- Not Ranked


TUESDAY, 6:30 P.M. MSU - Matt Lea (Fr., RHP, 5-0, 30.0 IP, 2.40 ERA)

UM- Will Kline (So., RHP, 0-2, 14.0 IP, 3.86 ERA)

NOTING KLINE: Kline will be making his second start of the year after starting a week ago against Southern Miss in Jackson at Trustmark Park. Kline has tallied 11 strikeouts to seven walks on the season and has moved to a mid-week starting role after eight relief appearances to start the season.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OLE MISS: Ole Miss picked up its second straight Southeastern Conference series win in 2006 behind a 12-1 win over the Auburn Tigers in Oxford. Ole Miss took the series 2-1 for the first series win over Auburn since 2002. Chris Coghlan led the Rebels at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance, driving in four runs and scoring two. Lance Lynn picked up his second straight win as he went 6.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out four.

LAST MAYOR'S TROPHY GAME: Ole Miss picked up the win in the 2005 meeting of the Mayor's Trophy game as Eric Fowler pitched the Rebels to a 5-1 win over Mississippi State. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Rebels in the series. Ole Miss is 4-1 in the Mayor's Trophy game under Mike Bianco with the only loss coming in 2001, Bianco's first season at the helm of the Rebel program.

ON DECK: Ole Miss continues to play on the road this weekend, heading to Columbia, S.C. to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. Ole Miss took the last series from the Gamecocks 2-1 in Oxford in 2005. South Carolina, who plays a mid-week game against Clemson on Tuesday, is coming off a 2-1 series loss at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide over the weekend.

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