The last time Ole Miss baseball won a series against LSU in Red Stick, baseball was called four corners, everyone wore wool tuxedos as uniforms, and the ball was just a bunch of socks tied together with yarn.
OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration, it was only 1982 during the Ronald Reagan administration. Most of the Cup staff were only glints in our fathers’ eyes.
Needless to say, this series typically brings a lot of pain with it mainly due to LSU’s terrible fans, their consistent winning, and having to look at that dumb Tony Chachere’s logo grinning at us from the backstop as we stumble through yet ANOTHER series.
But the Rebels (30-16, 13-8 SEC) swept Texas A&M last weekend behind strong pitching and timely hitting finally coming through in close games. In the Rebels’ 16 losses, 13 have come by three runs or fewer, which according to my expansive research is less than a grand slam home run. What I mean is that the Rebels are essentially 13 swings of the bat away from being 43-3 potentially. Yes, that’s incredibly ludicrous, and I don’t care.
Starting pitchers Will Ethridge and freshman phenom Doug Nikhazy have given the Rebels a chance to win for the first two games of most SEC series, and LSU (29-16, 13-8 SEC) weekend will be no different. There’s undoubtedly going to be 12,000-80,000 extremely intoxicated Tiger fans screaming its collective head off all weekend at our baseball sons.
Adding further pressure to this weekend is the implications on the SEC Western Division race as Arkansas sits atop at 15-6 with Ole Miss, LSU and Mississippi State all tied at 13-8. The winner of this series will most likely be in second place in the Western Division with only six conference games left to play.
Also, it’s Mike Bianco’s birthday on Friday, and he’s coaching against his alma mater. Just a lot of very intense and interesting storylines going on.
Get out whatever superstitious good luck charms you have. Sacrifice a live chicken or just eat some Popeye’s. You do you.
The good news for fans who don’t want to go to Baton Rouge is that all three games will be televised or streamed with Friday’s and Saturday’s contests on the SEC Network Plus and Sunday’s match on ESPN2.
How to watch
TV: ESPN2 (Sunday)
Thursday: 7 p.m. CT
Friday: 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday: 2:30 p.m. CT
So what’s your prediction for this weekend? Comment or tweet @redcuprebellion with your thoughts on this massive baseball series.