Setting up the Series: Minnesota

The No. 4 Ranked Rebels open their season this weekend against the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten. It is the first portion of a ten-game homestand to begin the season.

Minnesota (41-18) at No. 4 Ole Miss (40-25)

Game Times

Friday - 3 p.m.

Saturday - 1:30 p.m.

Sunday - 1 p.m.

Radio and Video Access

This weekend's games will be available state-wide on the Ole Miss Radio Network, while live video will be available courtesy of Announcers are David Kellum (play-by-play) and Gary Darby (color).

Last Time Out

The Rebels dropped the Tempe Super Regional to Arizona State 2-0. Ole Miss lost a 3-1 lead, before falling 4-3 in game one. Ole Miss' season ended with a 7-1 defeat a day later. Minnesota went 1-2 in the San Diego Regional. The Golden Gophers fell to Cal-State Fullerton and Fresno State, with a win over San Diego in the middle.

Series Info

Ole Miss leads the overall series 7-5, and Mike Bianco owns a 4-1 career mark against Minnesota. The two teams last met in 2007 during the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. The Rebels earned the tournament title and split a double-header with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota finished the tournament 2-2 with one win and one loss against both Ole Miss and Arkansas. The Big Ten school opened the 1992 season in Oxford and claimed two of three. Ole Miss is 36-20 all-time against the Big Ten.

Scouting Minnesota

Minnesota returns the bulk of its defense up the middle but is searching for players to step up in the corner outfield positions and at first base. Nate Hanson led the Gophers in home runs and RBI last season and returns at third base. Derek McCallum moves over from second base last season to short this year, while Jeremy Chlan completes the middle infield. Senior Jeff DeSmidt will be behind the plate. The Golden Gophers hit .311 as a team last season but lost 12 players from the 2007 club. They fielded .962 as a team. The Minnesota pitchers are scheduled to be on a 60-65 pitch count limit.

Probable Pitchers

Friday -Lance Lynn RHP 6-5, 260 (8-5, 2.85); against Minnesota - (6 IP, 4 H, 11 K, 2 BB)

Tom Buske RHP 6-1, 185 (5-2, 3.43); Against Ole Miss - (2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, K)

Saturday - Cody Satterwhite RHP 6-4, 205 (4-4, 3.31)

Kyle Carr LHP 6-5, 200 (5-2, 3.95); Against Ole Miss - (W) 3.2 IP, 5 H, R, 3K, 2BB)

Sunday - Nathan Baker LHP 6-3, 205 (6-2, 3.92)

Dustin Brabender RHP 6-7, 220 SR. (5-1, 4.40); Against Ole Miss - (L) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K)

Ole Miss Opening Day Lineup

C - Brett Basham

1B - Matt Smith

2B - Zach Miller

SS - Evan Button

3B - Cody Overbeck

LF - Logan Power

CF - Michael Hubbard

RF - Jordan Henry

DH - Michael Guerrero

Team Captains: Button, Fuller Smith

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