Setting up the Series: Kentucky

Ole Miss travels to Lexington, KY., for a pivotal three-game SEC set beginning Thursday. The Rebels need two wins to assure a Hoover, Ala., berth. Go inside for the preview.

Ole Miss (33-20, 14-13) at No. 20 Kentucky (39-14, 14-13)

Game Times

Thursday - 5:30 p.m. (CST)

Friday - 5:30 p.m. (CST)

Saturday - 12 p.m. (CST)

Radio and Video Access

All three games can be heard state-wide on the Ole Miss Radio Network and on Yahoo Sports. David Kellum will handle the play-by-play with Gary Darby providing color. Dot-TV will be available for all three games, and Thursday's contest will be televised by FSN South.

Last Time Out

Ole Miss took two-of-three versus Auburn last weekend to close out the 2008 home schedule, and the Rebels are looking for two wins in Lexington to assure an SEC Tournament berth. The Wildcats swept Tennessee last weekend and are riding a five-game winning streak after besting Murray State during the midweek. Both teams are situated in a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference and the winner of the series will be in Hoover, Ala. If Ole Miss wins one game, then the Rebels need one of the following scenarios to materialize: Arkansas to lose two against Mississippi State, South Carolina to lose two to Tennessee, Alabama to get swept by Georgia or Florida to get swept by Vanderbilt.

Series Info

Ole Miss leads the all-time series between the two schools, 32-23, including trailing UK 15-12 in Lexington. UK has claimed wins vs. Ole Miss in five of the past six meetings, after losing six straight from 2002-03. Last year, UK got the series in Oxford with a rubber-match win on Sunday, 9-7. The Wildcats have won the past two series with Ole Miss. The last time the Rebels were swept was 2006 in Lexington. Mike Bianco is 8-7 against UK.

Scouting Kentucky

The Wildcats are 7-5 in SEC play inside Cliff Hagan Stadium this season and 26-5 overall at home. Kentucky has been led by one of the best offenses in all of college baseball, with the Wildcats ranking among the league leaders in every category except at bats and strikeouts. UK leads the SEC in average (.323), slugging (.529), on-base percentage (.418), runs scored (440), hits (587), RBI (397), and total bases (962). The Wildcats rank second in doubles and walks, placing third in home runs and fifth in stolen bases. On the mound, UK ranks as the league leader in ERA (3.45), ranking second in the SEC in fielding percentage (.975).

UK's two National Player of the Year award candidates, Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill have led the Wildcats at the plate, putting up monster numbers, threatening a bevy of school-records. Carroll leads the SEC in batting average (.406), ranking fourth in slugging (.726), fifth in on-base percentage (.498), ninth in runs scored (53), fourth in hits (80), second in RBI (69), sixth in doubles (17), eighth in home runs (14), fourth in total bases (143) and ninth in walks (34). Cowgill, a 5-foot-9, five-tool outfielder, ranks sixth in the SEC in average (.378), third in slugging (.740), fourth in on-base percentage (.498), second in runs scored (69), ninth in hits (74), fifth in RBI (54), third in home runs (18), third in total bases (145), third in walks (43) and fifth in stolen bases (19).

Freshman shortstop Chris Wade leads the SEC in doubles, cranking out 20 two baggers, while ranking second in the league in sac bunts. Senior Ryan Wilkes ranks seventh in average (.377) and 10th in slugging (.600). Senior catcher Tyler Howe leads the NCAA with 26 hit by pitches.

Probable Pitchers

Thursday -Lance Lynn, Jr. (RHP) 6-2, 3.28 ERA

Chris Rusin, Jr. (LHP) 5-2, 2.74 ERA

Friday - Drew Pomeranz, Fr. (LHP) 4-2, 3.66 ERA

James Paxton, So. (LHP) 3-2, 3.15 ERA

Saturday - Cody Satterwhite, Jr. (RHP) 3-5, 5.01 ERA

Greg Dombrowski, Sr. (RHP) 5-0, 3.57 ERA

Around the SEC

Alabama (14-13) at Georgia (19-7-1)

Arkansas (13-13) at Mississippi State (7-20)

LSU (15-11-1) at Auburn (11-16)

Vanderbilt (15-11) at Florida (14-13)

Tennessee (11-16) at South Carolina (13-14)

Kentucky's official athletic web site,, contributed to this report.

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