Setting up the Series: Vanderbilt

Ole Miss takes the momentum of back-to-back wins into a key SEC home series against Vanderbilt. The Rebels play the next eight games in Oxford. Go inside for probable starters and more.

No. 6 Vanderbilt (15-9, 3-3) at No. 23 Ole Miss (17-11, 4-5)

Game Times

Friday - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday - 4 p.m.

Sunday - 1:30 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 OleMissSports.tv. David Kellum will handle the play-by-play with Gary Darby providing color.

Last Time Out

Ole Miss has won two in a row after snapping a five-game losing streak Sunday versus Alabama. The Rebels salvaged the final game of that series and defeated Memphis on Wednesday. The Ole Miss bullpen fired 8.2 shutout innings against the Commodores. Vanderbilt went 4-0 last week with a pair of back-to-back12 inning wins. The Commodores swept midweek games over Belmont and Middle Tennessee before taking two from Arkansas over a rain soaked weekend at Hawkins Field. Friday night's game was postponed and Saturday's contest started on time at 3 p.m. but was interrupted by rain that caused a five-hour delay. The teams restarted play at 9:45 p.m. and continued on into extra innings before being suspended in the top of the 12th at 12 a.m. per SEC curfew rules. The teams picked up the game at 1 p.m. on Sunday and VU won it on a walk off double by Brian Harris in the bottom of the 12th. The Dores then captured the lone seven-inning contest, 6-2, to claim the series (the third game could not be played due to the SEC travel policies regarding three games on Sunday).

Series Info

Ole Miss leads 53-47-2 in a series that dates back to 1900. The Commodores have won the last three regular season series and eight of the last 12 contests. Last season Vanderbilt won two games against the Rebels in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to advance to the championship game. Three of Vanderbilt's four wins last season against Ole Miss came in the Commodores' final at-bat. VU's Tim Corbin is 217-115 in his sixth season as head coach. He is 9-9 against the Rebels all-time. Ole Miss' Mike Bianco is 259-143-1 in his eighth season in Oxford. He is 399-239-1 in nine years overall. Bianco is 14-10 against Vanderbilt all-time.

Scouting Vanderbilt

Preseason all-America third baseman Pedro Alvarez will be in action this weekend versus Ole Miss. Alvarez returned this past week after missing 23 games with a broken bone in his hand. The slugger will bolster an already potent Commodore attack that features Alex Feinberg, Ryan Flaherty, David Macias and Dominic de la Osa. All five hitters have at least 185 career hits.

Probable Pitchers

Friday -Lance Lynn RHP 6-5, 260 JR. (4-0, 2.52)

Mike Minor LHP 6-4, 210 SO. (3-1, 2.44)

Saturday - Drew Pomeranz LHP 6-5, 220 FR. (1-1, 2.74)

Caleb Cotham RHP 6-3, 210 FR (4-1, 3.31)

Sunday - Cody Satterwhite RHP 6-4, 205 JR. (2-1, 4.18)

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Around the SEC

Alabama (4-5) at LSU (3-6)

Auburn (4-5) at Arkansas (2-6)

Florida (7-2) at Tennessee (5-4)

South Carolina (6-3) at Georgia (6-3)

Mississippi State (2-7) at Kentucky (5-4)

The University of Vanderbilt's official athletic web site, vucommodores.com, contributed to this report.

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