The hitting woes were put under a microscope over this past weekend’s sweep at the hands of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mike Bianco’s club (16-12, 3-6 SEC) continues to struggle at the plate, losing two one-run games in the most awful fashion. The good guys scattered plenty of hits over the weekend but are still failing to get the big hit at the right time. Now, they must travel south to Pearl and take on a red-hot 17th-ranked Southern Miss (24-5, 8-1 Conference USA) squad.
Ole Miss is hitting just .241 as a team and has only two every day starters hitting over .270: Colby Bortles (.278) and Tate Blackman (.277). Even worse than the team batting average is the conference batting average. In nine games, Mike Clement’s lineup is hitting a measly .236, slugging a sad .349 and are getting on base at a pathetic .323 clip. The approaches at the plate continue to be a thing of mystery and will need to change quick fast and in a hurry because the opponents are only going to get tougher.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are led at the plate by Taylor Braley (.343, 8 HR, 26 RBI), Hunter Slater (.336, .477 slugging, .459 on-base) and Matt Wallner (.333, 24 RBI, 9 HR). They hit .308 as a team and also sport a 3.38 team ERA. The Mustard Buzzards historically give the Rebels fits in the midweek and this team is sure to do the same with their balanced attack at the plate.
How to listen
First pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
Online streaming: none
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (station listings here)
Online radio: OleMissSports.com
Ole Miss: RHP Greer Holston (0-2, 2.28 ERA)
USM: RHP Taylor Braley (3-0, 4.05 ERA)