Ole Miss will have its regular three SEC starters all pitching at LSU this week in the final regular season SEC series.
Those three starters will be in different spots, however, not only because the series will run Thursday through Saturday.
The rainout of Game 1 of the Mississippi State series and Bobby Wahl’s subsequent start in Sunday’s Game 3 has the Rebels’ ace unavailable for the SEC series opener. So he will again start Game 3, this time on Saturday.
Monday afternoon LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced that he would rest his ace, sophomore Aaron Nola, for the Ole Miss series. Here’s the link. Nola is 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA.
Nothing that happens against Ole Miss will change LSU’s seeding for the SEC tournament next week. A lot can change for Ole Miss this weekend. The Rebels can finish anywhere from third to seventh in the Western Division. LSU has already clinched the West.
Mainieri told The Baton Rouge Advocate he noticed a drop in Nola’s velocity in his start in Game 2 at Texas A&M last Friday. That start came after four straight complete games.
The LSU rotation will be LHP Cody Glenn (5-1, 2.78), RHP Kurt McCune (3-1, 3.38) and RHP Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.29). The Ole Miss rotation will be RHP Mike Mayers (4-4, 2.87), RHP Sam Smith (3-0, 3.15) and RHP Bobby Wahl (9-0, 1.43).
Both teams play a final non-conference game tonight. LSU is at home against New Orleans, Ole Miss on the road at Southern Miss.
In other news …
Wahl and Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner, a Eunice, La., native, are two of five finalists for the Ferriss Trophy, awarded to the top college baseball player in Mississippi.
Turner is hitting .390 and has been the Rebels’ offensive leader all season.
Wahl has made scoring very tough for opponents. Prior to his Sunday start against MSU he had an ERA in SEC games of 0.92. He left that start leading 6-0 but with the bases loaded. All three runs came around to score. Wahl’s SEC ERA is now 1.24 over 65.1 innings. He has not left a game trailing this season.