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Ole Miss versus LSUx Baseball Preview

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Red and Blue weekend is gonna be a good one in Oxford, MS. Not only will there be crawfish and good lookin' women, there will be corn dogs served as well. However, I am most excited about the baseball series with LSU.

Good:
The Rebels are on a 7 game winning streak coming into the weekend and have won 4 SEC games in a row. During the midweek games, many players got their chance to shine. Sean Stuyverson hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Michael Guerrero went 2 for 3 and hit a 3 run homer.

Bad:
During Tuesday's game, the Rebels slept walk during most of the contest committing 3 errors and leaving many runners stranded.

Ugly:
The Rebels weekend opponent

As far as LSU is concerned, they are in their coached by second-year coach Paul Mainieri. He is trying to resurrect a once proud program, and he has done a remarkable job of recruiting. The Tigers currently sit at 21-11 on the season and 5-7 in the SEC. Last weekend, they took 2 of 3 from Alabama in Baton Rouge. The pitching staff is led by Jared Bradford who is 6-3 and sports a 3.91 ERA with 40 strikeouts. Statistically speaking, their best pitcher is Austin Ross who has a 2.15 ERA with 22 strikeouts. However, Bradford gets the most press. Hitting leaders for the Tigers are Derek Helenihi who bats .375 and Matt Clark who bats .343 with 13 home runs.

Comparing the teams:
Batting Average: OM .310 LSU .301
ERA: OM 3.39 LSU 3.96
Fielding Percentage: OM .969 LSU .972
Homeruns: OM 36 LSU 39
Stolen Bases: OM 33 of 37 LSU 45 of 57
Opposing Batters Struck Out: OM 315 LSU 251
Caught Opponent Stealing: OM 20 LSU 12

Pitching Match-Ups
Friday: 6:30 p.m.
Jr. RHP Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.63 ERA)
vs.
Jr. RHP Jordan Brown (3-0, 4.91 ERA)

Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Fr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 2.10 ERA)
vs.
Jr. LHP Blake Martin (1-1, 3.96 ERA)

Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
Jr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (3-1, 4.38 ERA)
vs.
TBA

LowAndOutside's Predictions: Bring your brooms