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The Leadoff Hitter, Auburn vs. Ole Miss: Game times, probable starters, weather forecasts and more

Auburn can pick up quality wins against the Rebels this weekend, and the Tigers desperately need them.

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It's do or die time for Auburn. With three weekends left in the regular season, the Tigers are squarely out of the NCAA picture and flirting with missing out on the SEC Tournament. The final series of the season won't be easy, making the trip to Hoover even more in doubt, but if the Tigers can pull some upsets, they'll greatly improve their NCAA profile. It all starts Friday night at home against Ole Miss.

No. 24 Ole Miss (32-14, 11-10)

at Auburn (25-18, 7-14)

Probable starters

Friday, 6 p.m.

LHP Conner Kendrick (3-2, 1.94 ERA) vs. RHP Bobby Wahl (8-0, 1.22 ERA)

Saturday, 2:15 p.m., SPSO

LHP Michael O'Neal (8-3, 2.34 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Mayers (3-4, 2.84 ERA)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

TBA vs. RHP Sam Smith (2-0, 3.53 ERA)

Weather forecast


Temperatures will probably get down in the 50s Friday night, top out in the low-60s Saturday and there should be rain for both games. No, this isn't a non-conference series in early March. It wouldn't be a surprise if we saw another seven-inning doubleheader on Sunday. That didn't work out so well last weekend, as Missouri won two games on Sunday to take the series.


Individual stats

Auburn Ole Miss
Batting average Garrett Cooper, .347 Stuart Turner, .389
On-base percentage Garrett Cooper, .469 Stuart Turner, .448
Runs Ryan Tella, 36 Auston Bousfield, 37
RBIs Garrett Cooper, 33 Stuart Turner, 45
Doubles Cullen Wacker, 11 Stuart Turner, 14
Triples Five players, 1 Auston Bousfield and Will Jamison, 2
Home runs Garrett Cooper, 6 Stuart Turner, 5
Stolen bases Ryan Tella, 12-of-14 Auston Bousfield and Tanner Mathis, 8-of-11
Starting ERA Conner Kendrick, 1.94 Bobby Wahl, 1.22
Relief ERA Trey Cochran-Gill, 2.45 Tanner Bailey, 1.15
Starting BA against Daniel Koger, .208 Bobby Wahl, .182
Relief BA against Reid Carter, .208 Brett Huber, .164
Strikeouts Conner Kendrick, 56 Bobby Wahl, 59
Wins Michael O'Neal, 8-3 Bobby Wahl, 8-0
Saves Terrance Dedrick, 5 Brett Huber, 10

Team stats

Auburn Ole Miss
Batting average .267 .279
On-base percentage .356 .361
Runs 204 249
RBIs 183 228
Home runs 18 16
Extra-base hits 104 95
Stolen bases 27-of-46 37-of-67
ERA 3.27 2.61
BA against .250 .230
WHIP 1.31 1.23
Strikeouts 247 334
Walks 143 165
Saves 13 15

Around the SEC

No. 2 Vanderbilt at No. 15 South Carolina

No. 21 Florida at No. 3 LSU

No. 14 Arkansas at No. 23 Kentucky

Alabama at No. 22 Mississippi State

Missouri at Texas A&M

Georgia at Tennessee