Auburn (26-23, 10-14) at Ole Miss (31-19, 12-12)
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 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 available on XM 199.
Last Time Out
Ole Miss is coming off a series loss at eighth-ranked Georgia last weekend that saw the Rebels drop Friday's game 5-4 before claiming the Saturday game 9-4 behind a six run eighth inning. Ole Miss then fell 11-4 in Sunday's game as the Bulldogs came up with four home runs. Ole Miss did not play a midweek game because of finals. Auburn also did not play in the midweek and is coming off a series win over Mississippi State at home. Auburn won the Friday and Sunday games while dropping the Saturday contest by one run. Friday starter Grant Dayton is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week after striking out 12 Bulldogs. If the SEC Tournament began today, Ole Miss would be the seven seed and play West Division leader LSU, who is a half game ahead of the Rebels. Auburn would not make the tournament.
Ole Miss and Auburn have faced off 139 times with the Tigers holding a slim lead in the overall series at 70-68-1. Ole Miss took the series last season in Auburn 2-1 and have won two straight weekend sets in the overall series. The Tigers Sunday win in 2007 broke an 18-game conference losing streak. Auburn last won the series in the 2005 season on the Plains. The two teams first met in the 1938 season, splitting a pair of one run games as Auburn won 6-5 and Ole Miss won 4-3. Rebel head coach Mike Bianco is 12-9 all-time against the Auburn Tigers and has won four of seven series played. Bianco posted a sweep of the Tigers in his first season as the Rebels took all three games on the road.
Auburn is only 5-11 away from Plainsman Park but has seven regulars hitting above .300 and lead the conference in batting average during SEC play. David Cunningham and Hunter Morris, who has been invited to the National Team trials, are hitting .364 and .359 respectively to lead the Tigers. Auburn fields .971 as a team and has compiled a 4.74 team ERA. The Tigers are 11-4 against left-handed starters and 15-19 against righties. Auburn is just 4-10 in one-run games. The Tigers are 2-13 when scoring four runs or less but are 13-0 when holding opponents to less than four runs.
Friday - Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (6-2, 3.51 ERA)
Fr. LHP Grant Dayton (7-1, 3.66 ERA)
Saturday - Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (4-1, 3.42 ERA)
So. RHP Taylor Thompson (2-5, 6.57 ERA)
Sunday – Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (3-5, 5.13 ERA)
Jr. RHP Luke Greinke (4-3, 4.09 ERA)
Around the SEC
Florida (13-11) at Alabama (12-12)
South Carolina (13-11) at Arkansas (10-13)
Georgia (17-6-1) at Vanderbilt (14-9)
Kentucky (11-13) at Tennessee (11-13)
Mississippi State (7-17) at LSU (12-11-1)
Ole Miss Associate Media Relations Director Bill Bunting contributed to this report.
Setting up the Series: Auburn
OM Spirit Top Stories
Scott Sets Announcement DateBlaine Scott out of Sciotoville, Ohio., took in an unofficial visit to Ole Miss over the weekend with his mother. He plans to return to the Oxford campus in April before deciding…
OM Spirit10:48 AM
Talk of Champions: Ben StillIn this edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett and Rebel great Kentrell Lockett are joined by former Ole Miss offensive lineman Ben Still to discuss Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss and…
OM Spirit9:06 AM
Van's A Vet NowLast year, Van Jefferson was a redshirt freshman feeling his way through the SEC for the first time. Now, he's got a full year under his belt and his expectations for him and his…
OM Spirit7:22 AM
Speaks Regaining FormThe 2016 season was supposed to be a breakout year for Ole Miss DT Breeland Speaks, the heir apparent to Robert Nkemdiche, but it didn't work out that way. Redemption, however, can…
OM Spirit3:15 AM
Defense RisingThe Rebel coaches "put the ball down" toward the end of practice today in some Red Zone and goalline periods. During the scripted portions, the defense gained a decided edge. When…
OM SpiritYesterday at 4:54 PM