Wade Broyles had an all-star prep career as a pitcher and has normally had good summers. That hasn't translated into much during his time at Ole Miss.
As a matter of fact, the 22-year-old makes his first collegiate start tonight as Ole Miss takes on Saint Louis at 6:30 in Oxford. He's pitched three innings in two appearances this spring with no decisions and a 0.00 ERA.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound junior right-hander from Madison redshirted in 2006 and has pitched in eight relief situations the last two seasons. He takes center stage as the Rebels and Billikens meet.
Ole Miss is 15-5 on the season and plays at Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg Wednesday night. Rebel junior left-hander Nathan Baker (1-0, 2.70 ERA, four appearances, two starts) will start that one.
Tonight the Billikens will send sophomore left-hander Andrew Buckham to the mound. He is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in five appearances (three starts).
Saint Louis enters the game 11-10 and is looking to snap a season-long, four-game losing skid. Last weekend, the Billikens suffered a three-game sweep at Xavier to begin Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Senior shortstop Ryan Bennett leads the team with a .435 average and has registered multiple hits in five straight games. He also leads the team with 30 hits despite missing five games earlier this season due to injury.
SLU freshman third baseman Zach Miller hits .342, leads the team with 23 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with five homers. Junior first baseman Danny Brock is second on the team with a .377 average, while junior catcher Ben Braaten is hitting .359. Junior outfielder Andrew Guerra is tied with Miller for the team lead with five homers.
As a team, the Billikens hit .304 and score 7.0 runs per contest. The pitching staff has a 4.60 ERA and allows opponents a .306 batting average.
Ole Miss holds a 5-0 series advantage against the Billikens. The two programs last met in 2006, when the Rebels won two games by scores of 9-1 and 11-2 in Oxford.
Following tonight's game, SLU has a quick turnaround with a 3 p.m. game Wednesday vs, SLU-Edwardsville in a contest to be played in suburban St. Louis.
*** Ole Miss and SLU athletics media relations contributed to this story.
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