Ole Miss and Memphis meet today at 3 at Swayze Field, a start time moved to the afternoon because of 6 p.m. basketball.
It will be the second start for freshman right-hander James McArthur. When we talk about the increased pitching depth for Ole Miss, it’s these mid-week games in which it will show up or not show up.
McArthur, a power right-hander, shined in off-season work, so much so that he was in the mix for a weekend starter’s role for a while. He broke a bone in his foot in mid-December and had to work through the recovery process.
He’s back, and he started last week against Arkansas State, giving up three hits and two earned runs in three innings.
Memphis traditionally plays Ole Miss tough. They split two games last year.
The Tigers, an experienced group last year, have a lot of new faces this year. They’ll start a freshman right-hander, James Muse, who gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning in his only previous appearance this year.
Memphis is 4-2 with two losses to Tennessee on opening weekend and a sweep of SIU Edwardsville last weekend. The Tigers had non-conference games against Mississippi State and Belmont postponed last week.