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Ole Miss baseball vs. Tulane: Online streaming, game times and preview

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REVENGE

NCAA Baseball Regional - New Orleans

After an opening weekend sweep of Big South favorite Winthrop, Ole Miss disposed of Memphis on Tuesday to improve to 4-0. The pitching was as advertised over the weekend and the bats looked much better. There were some newcomers who stepped up and looked like veterans and there were the known commodities who did their thing as well, on the mound and at the dish.

This weekend, the competition is not as fierce, but there is something else at play here. The Green Wave last visited The Sway in 2016 for postseason play. The Rebs hosted after a 43-win campaign but went two and ‘que at the hands of the fellas from New Orleans. This time is nowhere near that loaded 2016 Wave squad, but you can bet that this team either remembers it or has been reminded of it this week.

What are the Rebels dealing with this weekend?

We all know what happened. Tulane won the AAC regular season title two years ago, then came to Oxford and eliminated our sweet boys from their own regional. But, there’s been a coaching change and 2017 was not kind to the Green Wave (27-31 overall record) and they are now searching for better times.

Infielders Sal Gozzo and Kody Hoese had less than stellar freshmen campaigns but now seem poised to take a jump and hit in the top half of the order. Gozzo leads the team with a .444 average through three games while Hoese is just getting his feet underneath him it appears (.222 average). Fellow infielder Jonathon Artigues is also up top with Gozzo (.400) as well as JUCO transfer catcher Ty Johnson (.333) and outfielder Grant Witherspoon (.333, 3 RBI)

On the mound, Kaleb Roper (5-1, 3.70) is a high 80’s to low 90’s Friday night guy who shouldn’t overpower the Rebs by any means, but he can locate and throw three pitches for strikes. Ben White (6.75 ERA) and Keagan Gillies (7.71 ERA) started games one and two last weekend against Wright State. Gillies is a big one (6’8) but doesn’t throw incredibly hard.

The Rebs should be fine dealing with the starters if they stay within themselves and keep consistent approaches like last weekend. At the end of the game, Tulane sports two JUCO transfers capable of running it up there in the low-90’s. Ryan Green and Will McAffer will throw hard and have a SEC-caliber power slider to go with the heat.

Overall, this is another winnable series for the Rebels. The Rebs are going to be favored in just about every non-conference series this season due to their starting pitching and bullpen. Plain and simple. And if they continue to hit like they did on opening weekend (.326 team average) then most teams won’t stand a chance.

The numbers

Complete Ole Miss stats | Complete Tulane stats

How to watch

Friday

First pitch: 4 p.m. CT
TV: NONE
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Game-time weather: 73°, PM thundershowers, 60% chance of rain
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: LHP Ryan Rolison (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tulane: RHP Kaleb Roper (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

Saturday

First pitch: 3 p.m. CT
TV: NONE
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Game-time weather: 74°, thunderstorms, 80% chance of rain
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: RHP Brady Feigl (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tulane: LHP Ross Massey (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sunday

First pitch: 1:30 p.m. CT
TV: NONE
Online streaming: WatchESPN.com
Game-time weather: 61°, PM showers, 50% chance of rain
Projected pitchers
Ole Miss: RHP James McArthur (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tulane: RHP Keagan Giles (0-0, 7.71 ERA)