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Ole Miss baseball vs. Georgia State 2017: Online streaming, game time and preview

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Mike Bianco’s club tries to bounce back from its winless trip to Houston.

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The bad news: Ole Miss went 0-4 last week. The good news: three of those losses came to really good teams at the Shriners College Classic in Houston (including No. 1 TCU). More good news: the Rebels get a chance to bounce back at home with a two-game midweek series against an underwhelming Georgia State club.

The Panthers are 6-4 and haven’t played a single team in the RPI top 50. Their most impressive win from an RPI perspective came against 4-6 BYU on opening weekend. Still, Georgia State could sting the Rebels if they’re sloppy on the mound; the Panthers hit .286 as a team but have four every day players hitting over .300, led by junior Romero Greer and his absurd .531 average. Senior outfielder Ryan Blanton leads the team in runs, RBI’s, triples and home runs.

On the mound, GSU throw junior Brandon Baker on Tuesday and hasn’t yet named a starter for Wednesday. Their team ERA is 4.50 and they will be dealing with an Ole Miss lineup itching to get its bats going after failing to score in 25 of the 27 innings in Houston.

2 big questions

1. Can the Rebs make adjustments at the plate?

Ole Miss’ lineup looked really, really bad against Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU, seemingly pressing at times against the elite pitching. They were uneasy in the box and appeared to be guessing instead of being aggressive early in the count like they were against ECU and UNCW. It was a rough weekend, but hitting coach Mike Clement will have to get them back on track this week with a much more poised plan at the plate.

2. Is it time to shuffle the outfield up a bit?

The Rebels’ outfield has been rather piecemeal this season. Will Golsan, a career infielder, is the everyday starter in right field while true freshman Thomas Dillard, who’s played catcher most of his life, is getting most of the innings in left. Sophomore Ryan Olenek hasn’t shown the same range and play-making ability as last year’s centerfielder, J.B. Woodman.

All three players of these players are tremendous athletes who will eventually be fine, but they’re currently struggling to track balls off the bat and adjust to their surroundings. There have been a few times this season when they could’ve made some plays but either failed to identify the path of the ball off the bat or didn’t find the wall and come back to it.

Mike Bianco could maybe toss a few names into the mix out there whether it be D.J. Miller or Bryan Seamster. Kyle Watson has played out there and shown the ability to make tremendous plays, but he’s also made some silly errors.

The numbers

Complete Ole Miss stats | Complete GSU stats

How to watch

Tuesday

First pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
TV: NONE
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Game-time weather: 55°, partly cloud, 0% chance of rain
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: LHP Ryan Rolison (1-0, 4.26 ERA)
GSU: LHP Brandon Baker (0-1, 5.68 ERA)

Wednesday

First pitch: 3 p.m. CT
TV: NONE
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Game-time weather: 71°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: RHP Will Ethridge (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
GSU: TBA