This young Rebel team’s roller coaster ride continues to make us all barf. Ole Miss was embarrassed in game one in Baton Rouge and looked completely overmatched against future top 10 pick Alex Lange. Then, in game two, they did what they’ve always done this season: bounce back and win a tough game with good pitching. Then, in game three, they failed to score the tying run multiple times (runner on second in the last three innings) and lost by one, keeping the losing streak in Red Stick alive for at least another two years.
Ole Miss (22-14, 7-8 SEC) is STILL struggling at the plate (.242 team average) and cannot seem to find that clutch hit on a regular basis. The Rebels were helped by the long ball against LSU and that’s not just not sustainable. They’re going to need the veterans to continue to improve and lead the way because the growing pains are going to continue with the freshman. And a good place to start is this week against Pine Bluff, Missouri and another future top 10 pick, Tanner Houck.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (12-23, 9-8 SWAC) are led at the plate by junior Jordan Knox (.340, 18 RBI, .550 slugging), sophomore Sergio Esparza (.308, 2 HR, 22 RBI) and junior Bradly Lopez (.304, 7 RBI, 13 R). They hit just .245 as a team but have stolen 46 bases on the season. They’re second in the SWAC in home runs but are unfortunately also third in the league in strikeouts. The best news for Ole Miss is that the Lions hold a 6.74 team ERA and opponents are hitting .293 against them.
How to watch
First pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Ole Miss: RHP Greer Holston (2-2, 2.62 ERA)
UAPB: Nathan Sawrie, Jr. (2-3, 6.60 ERA)