By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The No. 16-ranked Ole Miss baseball team is back in action tonight at 6:30 in the first game of a weekend series against Miami-Ohio.
Saturday’s game in Oxford will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the series will conclude with a 1:30 p.m., start on Sunday.
The Rebels stretched their win streak to six games with a pair of wins earlier this week, defeating Memphis 7-2 and Jackson State 13-1.
Miami (3-3) is hitting just .272 and sports a team earned run average of 6.53.
Senior left-hander Shawn Marquardt (1-0, 3.09) was named pitcher of the week in the MAC’s East Division on Monday following his 1-0 shutout of Michigan State the previous day. Marquardt pitched a complete game, scattering three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
The Ole Miss pitching rotation for the weekend includes Bobby Wahl (2-0, 1.50) tonight, R.J. Hively (1-0, 4.66) on Saturday and Mike Mayers (0-1, 7.00) on Sunday.
MSU hosts round robin
Mississippi State’s baseball team has another full weekend ahead of it, assuming the weather cooperates.
The Bulldogs (6-2) host Connecticut and Lipscomb in a double round robin event, starting with today’s 2:30 p.m. game versus UConn (2-4). MSU went 4-0 last weekend with wins over Kansas and Mississippi Valley State, then lost 7-6 to Memphis on Wednesday.
Sophomore Ben Bracewell (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for State today. He’ll be countered by UConn left-hander Brian Ward (2-0, 1.26).
The game was originally scheduled for 6:30, but impending weather forced a time change. Lipscomb and UConn will meet at 11 a.m. today.
On Saturday, MSU will play Lipscomb (4-4) at 11 a.m. and then UConn at 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs close out the weekend Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. game against Lipscomb.
MSU is led at the plate by junior Trey Porter, who’s batting .423 with two home runs and six RBIs. Freshman Wes Rea is hitting .379 with seven RBIs.