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The Rebs travel to Baton Rouge to try and break a 35-year curse against the No. 9 Tigers.

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The Rebels (21-12, 6-6 SEC) are coming off a big-time season series sweep over an extremely talented and nationally-ranked Southern Miss squad. Despite their struggles at the plate with strikeouts, they got the crucial situational hitting they’ve been lacking for the better part of the year and were able to down the Golden Eagles. Now, the Rebels head south to the Pelican State to take on the No. 9 LSU Tigers (23-11, 7-5 SEC) and try to win a series there for the first time since 1982.

Ole Miss and LSU started playing baseball 111 years ago, and as is stands today, the Tigers lead the all-time series 171-151. But, with all those 151 wins, Ole Miss has not been able to string two wins together to win a series at Alex Box Stadium in 35 years. Even more aggravating, Mike Bianco’s teams have come so close to slaying the beast. RebelGrove’s Chase Parham reported that the Rebs have lost two out of three at Skip Bertman Field nine straight times. And even worse, the good guys have won the opener before losing the final two games four times. Winning in front of 10,326 is never easy. Now throw in some really good sticks in 2017 and it’s going to be even tougher.

The Bayou Bengals are led at the plate by senior infielder Cole Freeman (.350, 19 RBI, .461 OBP), freshman utility player Zach Watson (.341, .409 OBP, .500 slugging) and junior infielder Greg Deichmann (.341, 10 HR, 37 RBI). The Tigers are an aggressive team offensively who are going to press the issue to maximize their opportunities. They are third in the conference in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored and runs batted in. They’re also second in the SEC in sacrifice flies, sixth in stolen bases and dead last in strikeouts. These Ole Miss arms are damn good though and will test these LSU bats all weekend.

In fact, Carl Lafferty’s staff ranks in the top 10 nationally in ERA, fewest hits allowed per nine innings, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio and WHIP. And the weekend rotation is sporting a combined 2.16 ERA and 1.064 WHIP that will have to deal with a talented LSU lineup that sports six every day starters with a .300 or better average and a team average right under that (.298). The dominance on the mound is not just reserved to starters though. Dallas Woolfolk (0.558), Andy Pagnozzi (0.992) and Will Ethridge (1.103) all sport video game WHIP numbers. But, this weekend, something’s got to give. And history is not in Ole Miss’ favor.

The numbers

Complete Ole Miss stats | Complete LSU stats

How to watch

Thursday

First pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
TV: none
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: RHP James McArthur (2-1, 1.85 ERA)
LSU: RHP Alex Lange (3-4, 3.77 ERA)

Friday

First pitch: 7 p.m. CT
TV: none
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: LHP David Parkinson (4-2, 2.85 ERA)
LSU: LHP Jared Poché (6-1, 2.32 ERA)

Saturday

First pitch: 2 p.m. CT
TV: none
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: LHP Ryan Rolison (4-1, 1.99 ERA)
LSU: RHP Eric Walker (4-0, 2.45 ERA)