Hosting Memphis

RHP Chris Corrigan gets another starting nod tonight when the Memphis Tigers come to Oxford.

Corrigan, a junior from San Jacinto CC and Humble High in Houston, has started just one other game this season, and that was way back in the Mobile, Ala., tourney vs. Mercer on day two.

The Rebels lost to Mercer 13-11 that day, and Corrigan lasted three innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits with a strikeout and a walk. Other Rebel pitchers followed his lead that day as Ole Miss couldn't outscore the Bears.

He's made two other appearances this season, both in relief. Now Corrigan gets to try it again as a starter.

Corrigan enters tonight's contest with a 11.12 ERA and no decisions in those three appearances. He's pitched just 5.2 innings through those three games.

The Rebels, 12-4 following Tuesday night's 7-1 win at Arkansas State, host a Memphis team struggling to find wins. On Tuesday night the Tigers lost 9-2 to Tennessee-Martin to fall to 8-9 on the year.

The Skyhawks had a shutout until the ninth inning when Memphis got its two runs.

Memphis hasn't won a midweek games this season and is allowing an average of more than 12 runs in those non-weekend games.

Tonight's contest is the first of two scheduled meetings between the two neighborhood rivals. The second game is set for Wednesday, April 1, at Autozone Park in downtown Memphis, a 6:30 p.m. first-pitch.

Also that week, the Rebels host Arkansas State on Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. and Jackson State on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. Both games are at set for Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

The March 30 Arkansas State contest was not originally on the schedule but was added since both teams need games that were cancelled with other opponents due to weather conditions. In the Rebels' case, that is one of the two contests with TCU lost to weather the second weekend of the season.

Tim Ferguson leads Ole Miss' hitting attack. The speedy sophomore, batting .400 through 13 games he's played in, stole four bases against the Red Wolves in Jonesboro, Ark., Tuesday night. He's got four doubles and eight RBI on the campaign.

Logan Power is next on the hitting stats list currently with a .393 average. The fifth-year senior has four doubles, three home runs, and 22 RBI.

Junior Kevin Mort is third in the current standings, batting .389. All his hits are singles except for one double. Mort has 11 RBI.

Following tonight's Memphis game, the Rebels host Alabama for three games this weekend. Starting times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The weekend rotation for Ole Miss is Drew Pomeranz Friday night, Phillip Irwin Saturday, and Brett Bukvich Sunday.

Bukvich, a fifth-year senior left-hander, will be making his first weekend start of the season. He started Tuesday night's game at Arkansas State and recorded his third win of the season against no losses.

The 6-foot-4, 238-pounder went five innings allowing no earned runs on two hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.


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