Ole Miss, Lipscomb today at noon

The Rebels go for their fourth-straight weekend sweep at noon today.

The game was moved up from its scheduled 1:30 start with hopes of avoiding isolated afternoon thunderstorms. The noon forecast calls for cloudy skies, wind and 64 degrees.

Here’s Mike Mayers talking about his Saturday start:

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Ole Miss has scored 18 runs in two games. Lipscomb is throwing its best pitcher today, at least statistically. Right-hander Will Blalock is 0-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings. He’ll be opposed by Ole Miss right-hander Sam Smith, who pitched six innings in a win at Florida International last weekend. Smith has a 1.46 ERA in 13 innings this season.

The mid-week starter last year, Smith has been pitching in place of sophomore Chris Ellis, who was the original Sunday starter but has been out with an abdominal pull.

Injuries to Ellis, Hawtin Buchanan and freshman Jacob Waguespack have kept the pitching staff from being even deeper than it has been in a successful start to the season.

The Rebels improved to 15-1 with Saturday’s 8-5 win. It was 8-0 when Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco pulled Mayers after six innings to get some work for relievers Austin Blunt and Scott Weathersby in the seventh. It was ultimately Aaron Greenwood who recorded the final out of the seventh and who pitched a scoreless eighth before Brett Huber pitched a scoreless ninth.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    I agree “Rebels go for their fourth-straight weekend sweep”, then the weekend party is over for OM – they head into the strong teamed SEC play. This will tell just what the Rebel baseball team is made of.If they are for real!!. Gators have had a bad start this season, but could be pulling out of it. They miss all those long ball hitters of last season and their pitching has not been up to par. today’s game will tell the story of them, if they have the right stuff. They did take two of three from the M – Hurricanes last weekend and today they have the chance to take another weekend series. Gators loaded with Freshmen and they are coming along, but will it be too late. JB


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