Thursday, March 22, 2007

Weekend Preview

It is a big weekend for the Ole Miss baseball team and its fans. It is the openeing weekend for SEC baseball in Oxford against a pretty good Alabama team. The Rebels are coming off a series against #1 ranked Vanderbilt where they lost two of the three games in the last inning. The Rebs really need to win this series to keep the confidence of the team and its fans up. I feel like Bianco and clan should take care of the Tide this weekend. It is going to be great weather and it should be an outstanding crowd in Oxford this weekend. Here are some notes from the SID:

FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M.
UA - Miers Quigley (So., LHP, 4-0, 37.1 IP, 2.17 ERA)
OM - Will Kline (Jr., RHP, 3-0, 42.0 IP, 1.93 ERA)NOTING KLINE: Will Kline enters Friday’s contest with a perfect 3-0 record in six appearances on the year. He has struck out a team-high 51 batters and walked 14 on the year. Kline worked a season-long 8.1 innings against #1 Vanderbilt last week in a 3-2 Rebel loss in 10 innings as he went toe-to-toe with David Price.

UA - Bernard Robert (Sr., RHP, 3-3, 29.2 IP, 3.64 ERA)
OM - Lance Lynn (So., RHP, 2-2, 35.0 IP, 2.06 ERA)NOTING LYNN: Lance Lynn earned SEC and NCBWA Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a one-hitter in a career-long 8.0 innings against #1 Vanderbilt on Saturday. Lynn has struck out 41 batters on the season and walked 14 in his six apperanaces. Lynn is holding batters to a .189 opposing batting average. He is the only starter not to give up a home run.

SUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.
OM - Brett Bukvich (So., LHP, 3-1, 34.1 IP, 2.88 ERA)NOTING BUKVICH: Brett Bukvich enters the weekend coming off no decision at Vanderbilt over the weekend. The sophomore southpaw has posted 22 strikeouts and 7 walks on the season and is holding opposing batters to a .217 average through his six appearances.

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE:Alabama enters the weekend series coming off a 3-1 win over Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night. The Crimson Tide is led by Emeel Salem at the plate with a .394 average, four home runs and 19 RBI. He is the top steals leader with 18-of-21 successful steals. Tommy Hunter leads the Alabama pitching staff with a 1.56 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 5 walks as he has filled the starter and closer roles this season. As a team, Alabama is hitting .317 on the year and the pitching staff has turned in a 3.02 ERA on the way to a 16-8 record.