After losing two at Alabama, the Rebels will head north to the Bluff City on Tuesday to make up a rain out against Memphis at Autozone Park. Ole Miss (26-10, 7-8) is looking for a series sweep of the Tigers (13-23, 4-5) after beating them 9-7 in a crazy comeback game on March 2nd.
April was set up to be the month that Ole Miss got back on track. It's a month where the schedule lightens up a bit, with softer series against Arkansas, Bama and Auburn sandwiched between tough matchups with State and LSU. Arkansas was taken care of in sweep fashion, but the Tuscaloosa trip was derailed by poor hitting. Once again.
The struggles against SEC weekend opponents makes it all the more important to keep winning in the midweek. To take down Memphis, the Rebs need another solid outing from James McArthur and timely hitting when they have runners on. Ole Miss had plenty of opportunities in the Sunday finale against Alabama to blow the game open but could never find the timely hit to push runs across. Even someone like J.B. Woodman, who is hitting a whopping .469 with runners in scoring position, failed to get it done. Tater has reached base in 21 of the last 22 games and King Henri is hitting .339, but lineup mainstays Colby Bortles (.208), Will Golsan (.230) and Errol Robinson (.217) continue to struggle mightily in conference play. If the Rebs are going to find some magic down the stretch and find a way to host a regional, those three cannot be swinging the stick like that.
This week brings an opportunity to play catch up against two teams that have been struggling of late. After getting smoked 11-1 by State in midweek action, Memphis was outscored 16-3 in two losses to East Carolina. Auburn, who heads to Swayze this weekend, is 5-10 in SEC play and 17-19 overall.
How to watch and listen
Unless you want to fork up some cash to access Memphis' streaming service, you're stuck listening to this one. We assume it will be broadcast on the TuneIn app, though they don't list it on their schedule.
First pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT at AutoZone Park
TV: lol no
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (station listings here)
Online radio: IMG Sports Radio via TuneIn (maybe?) or RebelVision (subscription required)
Online streaming: Memphis Tiger Network (subscription required)
Ole Miss - RHP James McArthur (4-0, 3.86 ERA, 32.2 IP, 32K, 7 BB)
Memphis - RHP Jonathan Bowlan (1-3, 3.51 ERA, 25.2 IP, 15K, 13 BB)