By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The big winner in Game 1 of a crucial SEC series for Ole Miss was Mother Nature.
Rain and lightning around the area forced two delays and finally a postponement between No. 8 LSU and No. 19 Ole Miss.
The two teams will try to play a doubleheader at Swayze Field today. The first game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Today’s forecast calls for the threat of severe weather through much of the morning and afternoon with possible clearing afterward.
The opening game will match two of the more dominant pitchers in the SEC.
LSU’s Anthony Ranaudo is recovering from elbow problems from earlier this season. He has been on a strict pitch count of late but is expected to be used more liberally in this series.
Ranaudo has thrown just 21 innings and is 2-0 with a 3.00 earned run average.
Ole Miss will counter with junior left-hander Drew Pomeranz, the SEC’s leader in ERA (1.38) and strikeouts (90).
Pomeranz pitched seven innings and gave up six hits, three runs with five strikeouts when these two matched up last year. He was the winning pitcher in a 7-4 Ole Miss victory.
Game 2 pitchers will be Aaron Barrett (6-2, 3.07) for Ole Miss and Joey Bourgeois (4-1, 6.23) for LSU, both right-handers.
On Friday, the field was covered, and the weather gave reason for optimism around 6:30, a half hour out from the scheduled 7 p.m., start time.
A scattered shower popped up however, and a start time of 8:45 p.m., was announced. The time was later pushed back to 9:30, and ultimately Friday was wiped out.
Ole Miss (25-13, 8-7 SEC) begins the series tied with Auburn for third place in the Western Division, three games behind LSU (32-6, 11-4) and four games behind division-leading Arkansas.