No. 25 Ole Miss (30-17, 11-10) at No. 8 Georgia (29-14-1, 15-5-1)
Friday – 5:30 p.m. (CT)
Saturday - 2 p.m. (CT)
Sunday – 1 p.m. (CT)
Radio and Video Access
All three games can be heard state-wide on the Ole Miss Radio Network and on Yahoo Sports. The local channel is 105.5 FM. David Kellum will handle the play-by-play with Gary Darby providing color. Dot-TV will broadcast the action but isn't allowed to stream live from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday due to SEC blackout rules. Saturday's game will be televised by ESPNU.
Last Time Out
Ole Miss is coming off a pair of midweek wins over Memphis and Jackson State after dropping a three-game series to Arkansas the previous weekend. The Rebels conclude nonconference play at 19-7 but have lost two straight league series. Georgia suffered its first SEC series loss of the season last week versus Florida, losing two-of-three and took the midweek off due to final exams. The Bulldogs hold a 3.5 game lead in the conference standings and would be the No. 1 seed and Eastern Division champion if Hoover began today. Ole Miss would be the No. 2 seed due to winning the Western Division. Going into Friday, Alabama is one game back, and Arkansas and LSU are 1.5 games back. Both Alabama and Arkansas hold the tiebreaker over the Rebels.
The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 27 apiece. Ole Miss won two of the three games last season in Oxford and swept the Bulldogs in Athens during the 2006 season. Georgia last won a series over the Rebels in 2004, sweeping the three games in Athens.
Georgia is hitting .297 as a team and is fielding at a .969 clip. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.95. The Bulldogs are 13-7 against the top-25. Junior right-hander Trevor Holder leads all SEC starters with a 2.42 ERA in league games. For the year, Holder is 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA, and he has been even better in the SEC at 4-1, 2.42 ERA in seven starts. Sophomore reliever Dean Weaver (3-1, 2.57 ERA) has been very solid in SEC action, going 2-0 with an 0.53 ERA and one save in nine appearances over a span of 17 innings. Georgia junior shortstop Gordon Beckham, a National Player of the Year candidate and on the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List, is batting .427 with an NCAA-leading 20 home runs, an .833 Slugging Percentage and 151 total bases. He has 48 RBI, 16 stolen bases and played solid defense with a .957 FLDG%, making just eight errors in 188 total chances. In SEC action, Beckham is batting .434 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI. Also, he is an Academic All-America candidate, majoring in real estate. Against Florida this past weekend, he batted .500 (5-for-10) with two doubles, a home run, two RBI, two walks and was hit by a pitch. Senior All-America closer Joshua Fields, the SEC's all-time saves leader with 35, has not allowed an earned run this year and just one unearned run overall in 21 appearances covering a span of 22.1 innings. He is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA and an SEC-leading 12 saves. Opponents are batting.068 against him, and he has 42 strikeouts and 11 walks on the year. He is on the Midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award which goes to the nation's top closer as well as the Dick Howser Trophy, which goes to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. In SEC action, Fields has nine saves in 12 appearances. In Georgia's 7-4 win over Florida Friday in Gainesville, Fields inherited a bases-loaded one out jam in the eighth and the Bulldogs up 7-4. The first batter he faced was cleanup hitter Josh Adams, and he was the first of five consecutive strikeout victims.
Friday - Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (6-1, 3.5 ERA)
Jr. RHP Trevor Holder (6-2, 2.49 ERA)
Saturday - Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (4-1, 3.12 ERA)
Jr. RHP Stephen Dodson (5-2, 3.99 ERA)
Sunday – Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (3-4, 4.91 ERA)
Jr. LHP Nathan Moreau (1-2, 5.06 ERA)
Around the SEC
Alabama (10-11) at Arkansas (9-11)
Mississippi State (6-15) at Auburn (8-13)
Florida (12-9) at South Carolina (11-10)
LSU (9-11-1 at Kentucky (11-10)
Vanderbilt (11-9) at Tennessee (11-10)
Georgia's official athletic web site, georgiadogs.com, contributed to this report.
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