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Ole Miss baseball vs. Florida: Online streaming, TV info and preview

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The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad stretch of conference games continues with a road trip to Gainesville.

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After sweeping a midweek series against ULM, which ultimately only dropped the Rebs one spot in the RPI rankings, Mike Bianco’s club will travel to Gainesville for a humongous road series that could go a long ways in determining their postseason resume. Ole Miss (29-17, 11-10 SEC), although still last in the league in hitting, has shown a more consistent approach at the plate which is resulting in better at-bats and therefore creating more opportunities for success. But, the offense will face one of its stiffest tests yet this weekend when they arrive in Gainesville to take on Florida.

The No. 7 Gators (32-13, 13-8 SEC) come in with an outstanding overall record and are second in the East behind the Kentucky Wildcats. Despite a somewhat slow start in their midweek games and some questionable series losses, Kevin O’Sullivan’s ball club is stacked with MLB talent all over the place. The Gators struggle at the plate but their pitching is lights out. Florida is second in the conference in saves, third in ERA and fourth in batters struck out looking and wins. They’re led on the mound by Alex Faedo, Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar (combined 18-4 with a 2.87 ERA).

At the plate, Ryan Larson (.327, 3 HR, 6 2B), Nelson Maldonado (.314, 3 HR, 14 RBI) and Christian Hicks (.297, 4 HR, 21 RBI) set the table. O’Sullivan also has the luxury of having J.J. Schwarz and Jonathan India who have combined for 10 dingers and 55 RBI this year. The team batting average is second to last in the SEC (only a few points higher than the Rebs) so this weekend could be a good, old fashioned pitcher’s duel. But, the Ole Miss bats have come alive recently and they might have something to say this weekend at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium.

The numbers

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How to watch

Friday

First pitch: 5:30 p.m. CT
TV: none
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: RHP James McArthur (3-3, 3.08 ERA)
Florida: RHP Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.63 ERA)

Saturday

First pitch: 5:30 p.m. CT
TV: none
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: LHP Ryan Rolison (6-2, 1.84 ERA)
Florida: RHP Brady Singer (5-3, 2.09 ERA)

Sunday

First pitch: 1 p.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: LHP David Parkinson (5-2, 3.43 ERA)
Florida: RHP Jackson Kowar (7-0, 3.90 ERA)