Setting up the Series: Auburn

With six regular season games remaining, Ole Miss and Auburn are fighting for their postseason lives. The Rebels and Tigers face off this weekend in Ole Miss' final home series of the season. Go inside for the pitching match-ups and more.

Auburn (26-23, 10-14) at Ole Miss (31-19, 12-12)

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 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.

Series Info

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.

Scouting Auburn

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.

Probable Pitchers

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.


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