The Ole Miss baseball team scraped by with back-to-back walkoff wins against Louisiana-Monroe during the week, and it might not get much easier when a solid UCF team pulls into town for a three-game weekend tilt.
The Knights are 6-2 this season, with their most impressive win coming over an Oklahoma team that made it to the Baton Rouge Super Regional last year. This will be their second SEC opponent of the young season after falling 5-1 to No. 25 Florida during the second week.
The most interesting talking point of this series, in my opinion, is Rebel freshman Colby Bortles's connection with UCF. His big brother, Blake, is about to go in the top 10 of the NFL Draft after a stellar career at UCF. Mike Bianco is starting Bortles at first base on Friday.
Here are the game times, projected pitching match ups and weather forecasts for the weekend.
Friday, 6:30 p.m. CT
UCF: Eric Skoglund, Jr., LHP
Ole Miss: Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP
Gametime forecast: 49 degrees, cloudy, 45 percent chance of rain
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. CT
UCF: Spencer Davis, Jr., RHP
Ole Miss: Christian Trent, So., LHP
Gametime forecast: 58 degrees, partly cloudy, 10 percent chance of rain
Sunday, noon CT
Ole Miss: Sam Smith, Jr., RHP
Gametime forecast: 61 degrees, cloudy, 10 percent chance of rain
By the way
We're going to be doing this open thread a little bit different. In addition to following along with the game, I've posted some starter topics for y'all to discuss in the comments thread. Have at it.