Diamond Rebels host Memphis at 3 today

Ole Miss and Memphis meet this afternoon in baseball, and while a Memphis-area pitcher will start for the Rebels, the Tigers will throw an Ohioan.

Sophomore righthander Scott McGregor will get the ball for Memphis. As a freshman, the Liberty Township, Ohio, native led the U of M pitching staff with a 7-3 record. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder earned All-Freshman and also Second Team All-Conference USA honors a year ago.

Cordova High's Nathan Baker, already having made one relief appearance for the Rebels, will head to the mound for Ole Miss. The 6-3, 205, left-handed pitcher was impressive in his three innings pitched, even though it was in a 2-1 loss for the Rebs to Evansville.

Baker relieved starter Lance Lynn last Saturday and pitched three innings, allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

"Nathan Baker was terrific for his first time out," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said after last Saturday's game. "He really pitched well in some cold conditions which didn't make it easy."

The Tigers come into Tuesday's game with greater potential than in the recent past for their season. Memphis brings back seven position starters from last year's team that made a 19-game improvement in 2006. The Tigers finished the season with a 32-28 record and a .315 batting average.

Memphis returns 20 letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2001. Senior first baseman Adam Amar anchors the Memphis offense. The preseason All-American hit a league-best .395 batting average in 2006.

Tigers head coach Daron Schoenrock enters his third season at Memphis. He joined the U of M as head man prior to the 2005 season after serving as an assistant coach at Mississippi State.

Following today's game, the Rebels, 4-1 on the season and ranked as high as 11th in some national polls this week, host Wright State for three games this weekend – Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Sunday at 12 noon.

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