The 13th-ranked Rebels bounced back from a 1-2 start to the season in the Coca-Cola Classic at South Alabama with midweek wins against Central Arkansas.
Now comes TCU, a team that the Rebels had some trouble with last season on the road. Weather was one problem. Ole Miss couldn't get to Texas from Memphis on time due to a late-season ice storm. Game one was delayed until Saturday, creating a doubleheader. Ole Miss won game one 3-1, and the Horned Frogs won game two 5-4. On Sunday TCU took the rubber game 2-1.
The Horned Frogs are one of the nation's winningest programs the past five seasons, claiming five straight conference titles, three consecutive conference tournament crowns, five straight NCAA Regionals, with five consecutive 39-win seasons.
They're already off to an impressive start this season. Coach Jim Schlossnagle's squad is 4-1, including taking two of three games last weekend at No. 5 Cal State-Fullerton.
"Certainly they're a top 25 team, and they went out to California and won two of three at Fullerton," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "It's going to be a big test for us this weekend."
Senior Logan Power said the Rebels remember last year at TCU and want to make amends.
"We need to be at our best this weekend," said Power, batting .429 with team-leading home runs at 3 and RBI at 10. "After winning these two midweek games, we have some confidence and momentum and we're looking to play well.
"We played well in the first game out there last year and let the next two slip away," Power continued. "We're looking to play well this weekend and hand it back to them."
The probable pitching matchups are:
Friday 6:30 p.m. – TCU - Tyler Lockwood, Jr., RHP; OM - Aaron Barrett, Jr., RHP
Barrett gets his second start as a Rebel. Against Liberty in a 6-5 UM victory, he went 5.0 innings and struck out seven while walking only one. He left the game with the score tied at four after allowing a three-run home run, one of only six hits scattered over the five innings.
Saturday, 1:00 P.M. - TCU - Sean Hoelscher, Soph., RHP; OM - Drew Pomeranz, Soph., LHP
Pomeranz makes his first appearance of the season after a successful freshman campaign. In 2008, Pomeranz tied the freshman record for strikeouts with 81, a mark that hadn't been reached since 1977 when Jeff Calhoun set the record.
Sunday, 1:30 P.M. - TCU - Kyle Winkler, Fr., RHP; OM - Phillip Irwin, Jr., RHP
Irwin makes the second weekend start in his UM career. Against South Alabama on Sunday, Irwin worked 5.0 innings with no walks while striking out five. He only allowed two runs, one earned, against the Jaguars.
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