Setting up the Series: Alabama

Ole Miss travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a three-game set with the Crimson Tide this weekend. The Rebels are a game ahead of Alabama in the Western Division. Go inside for probable starters and other notes.

No. 15 Ole Miss (15-9, 3-3) at Alabama (13-11, 2-4)

Game Times

Friday - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday - 4 p.m.

Sunday - 2 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 first and last games are also available for viewing courtesy of David Kellum will handle the play-by-play with Gary Darby providing color.

Last Time Out

The skid continues for Ole Miss, as it dropped a 3-2 midweek game to Southern Mississippi in extra innings. The Rebels are 6-9 in their last 15 games and lost an SEC series to Florida last weekend in Oxford. Alabama started off slowly, but has picked up pace following a weekend series win over nationally ranked Vanderbilt and two midweek triumphs over Jacksonville State. The Tide has won four straight games.

Series Info

Alabama leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 191-130-2 (.594) since the first meeting in 1895.The Crimson Tide and Rebels first met in 1895, with Alabama claiming a 10-5 and 12-8 win in Meridian, Miss. Alabama won 26 of the first 29 meetings from 1895-1928. The Tide posted a 13-game winning streak from 1895-1907, including a pair of lopsided wins in 1902 (22-0 and 30-6). Ole Miss first series win came in 1907, with a 7-3 win in Tuscaloosa. Alabama posted a 14-game series winning streak from 1932-36 to take a commanding 48-6 series lead. Prior to World War II, Alabama held a 57-11 series lead over Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide dominated the 1940s (26-3) and held a series edge in the 1950s (16-14-1). The Rebels dominated the series in 1960s (28-14) and 1970s (33-25). From 1962-65, Ole Miss won eight straight games against Alabama. The Crimson Tide got back on the winning track in the 1980s (31-10-1) and held a slim series lead in the 1990s (17-16). Since 2000, Ole Miss owns a 16-11 series lead. The Crimson Tide and Rebels have split the last four regular season series. Ole Miss won two out of three last year in Oxford. Alabama swept Ole Miss in the last series in Tuscaloosa during the 2006 season. The two ties came in 1951 (3-3, 10 innings) in Tuscaloosa and 1981 (6-6) in Oxford. Coach Wells is 20-23 (.465) in his career against Ole Miss. He is 11-10 (.524) in games played in Tuscaloosa. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco is 15-9 (.625) against Alabama, including a 4-5 (.444) mark in Tuscaloosa. Wells has led Alabama to five series wins (13 series) since 1995. Bianco has led Ole Miss to four series wins (six total series) since 2001.

Scouting Alabama

Alabama's starters are hitting .302 (246-for-814) with 27 home runs and 150 RBI in 24 games. Opponents starters are hitting .259 (196-for-757) with 20 home runs and 112 RBI. On the mound, the Tide has used eight different starting pitchers this season. UA starters are 10-10 (.500) with two complete games, one shutout and a 5.65 ERA. The starters have worked 124 1/3 innings and allowed 92 runs (78 ER) and 130 hits, with 102 strikeouts and 61 walks. Opponents starters are 8-13 (.381) with a 6.89 ERA and one complete game. The first few innings are critical for Alabama. The Tide has outscored its opponents 29-4 in the first two innings during its 13 wins and has been outscored 69-17 during the first four innings of its 11 losses. Alabama is 9-5 at home this season.

Probable Pitchers

Friday -Lance Lynn RHP 6-5, 260 JR. (4-0, 1.50)

Austin Hyatt RHP 6-4, 200 JR. (2-2, 3.55)

Saturday - Drew Pomeranz LHP 6-5, 220 FR. (1-0, 1.56)

Austin Graham RHP 6-2, 195 SO (2-1, 3.47)

Sunday - Cody Satterwhite RHP 6-4, 205 JR. (2-1, 4.91)

Robert Phares RHP 6-1, 190 JR. (1-1, 5.06)

Around the SEC

Arkansas (2-4) at Vanderbilt (3-3)

Kentucky (4-2) at South Carolina (4-2)

Tennessee (4-2) at Auburn (2-4)

LSU (2-4) at Florida (5-1)

Georgia (4-2 at Mississippi State (1-5)

The University of Alabama's official athletic web site contributed to this report.

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