Florida (15-3, 3-0) at No. 8 Ole Miss (14-6, 2-1)
Friday - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday - 1:30 p.m.
Sunday - 12 p.m.
Radio and Video Access
All three games can be heard state-wide on the Ole Miss Radio Network and on Yahoo Sports. The weekend set is also available for viewing courtesy of OleMissSports.tv. David Kellum will handle the play-by-play with Gary Darby providing color. The games Friday and Saturday will be televised by FSN Florida for those in that area.
Last Time Out
Ole Miss is looking for consistency after struggling during midweek contests recently. The Rebels broke a two-game skid Wednesday with a 12-5 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock. Fuller Smith is seven for his last eight, and Cody Overbeck has hit safely in every game this season. Ole Miss's run production is down nearly five runs per game since beginning the season 9-0. Meanwhile, Florida is riding a great week where the Gators swept Auburn to open SEC play and handily defeated rival Florida State during the midweek. In that game, Florida held the Seminoles' first four hitters to a combined 1-15 performance.
Ole Miss and Florida have each won 37 times in series history, and the Rebels hold a 23-14 in games played at Oxford. Ole Miss has also captured eight of the last 10 meetings. The two teams last met in 2005 with Ole Miss taking two-of-three in the regular season and two-of-three in the SEC Tournament.
Florida is arguably the surprise of the conference in Kevin O'Sullivan's first year as head coach. The Gators feature a ton of team speed and will cause problems for Ole Miss, who has trouble holding runners. Florida already has more stolen bases this season than all of last year. Sophomore center fielder Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) (.311, 19 runs, 15 RBI) enters the weekend on a career-high 12-game hitting streak in which he is batting .340 (17-for-50) with 16 runs and nine RBI. Junior left fielder Avery Barnes (.424, 23 runs, nine stolen bases) has at least one hit in a personal-best 10-consecutive games, a 15-for-33 (.455) span.
After a .727 (8-for-11) beginning to league activity, freshman second baseman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) (.393, 22 RBI, five doubles, four homers) looks for another strong weekend. Sophomore shortstop Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) is hitting .354 and leads the Gators in RBI (25), walks (14) and doubles (six). Sophomore right fielder Jonathan Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) has a .322 average and infielder Clayton Pisani (Naples, Fla.) is right behind at .321.
Over eight appearances last season, including starts against Stetson, Florida State and North Florida, right-hander Clint Franklin was 0-2 with a 12.21 ERA. The Orlando native collected his first collegiate victory with two scoreless and hitless innings against Miami (Fla.) in the finale on March 2 and notched his first save last Sunday. In eight games out of the bullpen in '08, the sophomore has worked 16.0 innings and sports a 1.69 ERA, second behind senior Josh Edmondson (1.45). All three Gator starters feature ERAs under 3.00.
Friday -Lance Lynn RHP 6-5, 260 JR. (4-0, 1.23)
Billy Bullock RHP 6-6, 220 SO. 2-2, 2.78)
Saturday - Cody Satterwhite RHP 6-4, 205 JR. (2-0, 4.50)
Patrick Keating LHP 6-2, 220 JR (2-0, 2.41)
Sunday - Nathan Baker LHP 6-3, 205 SO. (1-2, 4.19)
Tommy Toledo RHP 6-3, 185 FR. (3-0, 2.14)
Around the SEC
Vanderbilt (2-1) at Alabama (0-3)
Arkansas (1-2) at LSU (0-3)
Kentucky (3-0) at Auburn (0-3)
Tennessee (3-0) at Georgia (2-1)
Mississippi State (1-2 at South Carolina (1-2)
The University of Florida's official athletic web site contributed to this report.
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