Thursday, May 08, 2008

How Will They Finish??

There are six games left in the Ole Miss baseball season, all conference games. Three at home and three on the road. More than likely the last three games at home of the season will be played this weekend at Swayze Field.

Auburn is a team of ups and downs on the season. They made a stretch run through the season where I really thought they were going to be a contender, but they dropped off a good bit. The Rebels are very capable of making a sweep of the Tigers. If they can sweep the Tigers, I feel like that would earn their way into the Hoover, however to be honest I would be surprised to see the Rebels sweep. It has been hard to find a weekend where the Rebels have played three solid games of baseball. With that being said I expect us to win 2 out of 3 and sweat next weekend out at Kentucky to see if the Rebs make the SEC Tourney.

THIS SERIES: Ole Miss and Auburn have faced off 139 times with the Tigers holding a slim lead in the overall series at 70-68-1. Ole Miss took the series last season in Auburn 2-1 and have won two straight weekend sets in the overall series. Auburn last won the series in the 2005 season on the Plains. The two teams first met in the 1938 season , splitting a pair of one run games as Auburn won 6-5 and Ole Miss won 4-3.

FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M.
AU - Grant Dayton, Fr., LH
POM - Lance Lynn, Jr., RHP
NOTING LYNN: Lynn enters the weekend contest looking to pick up his seventh win of the season after taking a tough loss at Georgia last weekend. It was only the second loss in 12 starts for the junior. Lynn has struck out 77 batters this season to take the career strikeout mark and currently sits at 299 strikeouts for his career. For more information on Lynn’s performances in career starts, please see the chart on p. 7.
AU - Taylor Thompson, Soph., RHP
OM - Drew Pomeranz, Fr., LHP
NOTING POMERANZ: Pomeranz took no decision on Saturday aganist Georgia as the Rebels rallied to claim a 9-4 win with a 6-run eighth inning. Pomeranz has struck out 60 and walked only 22 on the season after moving into the weekend rotation against Alabama. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week after posting a shutout of #6 Vanderbilt that kicked off a streak of 21.0 IP that saw him allow only two runs. For more information on Pomeranz’s starting performances, please see the chart on p. 7.

SUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.
AU - Luke Greinke, Jr., RHP
OM - Cody Satterwhite, Jr., RHP
NOTING SATTERWHITE: Satterwhite suffered his fifth loss of the season on Sunday despite walking only one and striking out five as Georgia came up with three home runs off the junior right-hander. Satterwhite moved to the Sunday role against Alabama when Pomeranz moved into the weekend rotation replacing Nathan Baker.