No. 7 Ole Miss (11-1) is fresh off a road sweep of Florida International that saw the Rebels score 27 runs. The Rebels were impressive in each game as they continuously found ways to answer the scores by the Panthers along with the dominant outings from Mike Mayers and Sam Smith.
Southeastern Louisiana (8-2) is coming off a sweep of their own. The Lions took three from Texas Southern this weekend, their second sweep of the year after thrice defeating UT-Martin at home in the opening weekend.
Tuesday will mark the 11th meeting between the two teams in Oxford with Ole Miss holding a 10-0 advantage. SELA is 6-3 against the Rebels away from Swayze Field, success that they hope to bring into the park for the first time. For that they will turn to freshman Kyle Cedotal.
Cedotal is 2-1 with a 3.85 ERA. He has appeared in four games, including one start which came in a loss to Tulane. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a pair of walks in 5.1 innings. His wins came in relief appearances against UT-Martin and Texas Southern where he allowed 1 hit and 0 runs in 3.1 innings. Off-speed in the low 70s has been his area of success. He also has a consistently mid-80s fastball that keeps the hitter honest. Ole Miss will need to force him into fastball counts if they are going to score some runs on him, otherwise they could fall victim to the type of game that they suffered against Michael Wills earlier this season.
Austin Anderson and Stuart Turner hit their strides offensively over the weekend with both players now hitting above the .400 mark. Turner came to Ole Miss known for his defense, but he has already hit 6 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs so far. With Mathis and Overbey coming around, there are only more opportunities for Turner to be productive.
Sophomore Josh Laxer will start the game for Ole Miss. In three appearances this year, Laxer has a 2.25 ERA with no decisions. He started the Memphis game and pitched well, allowing 1 earned run in 3 innings. The Lion offense he will face is on a tear in the middle of the order, with Harry Slade hitting .444 on the year and Aaron Haag fresh off a 7 RBI Sunday. The team is 13-16 on the basepaths which should give Turner all he needs. Both teams have drawn 36 walks this season and it is a safe bet that the Lions will try and work Laxer deep in the count considering he has walked 5 and thrown 1 wild pitch in his 8 innings of work.
Tuesday’s game will mark the second of four games against SEC opponents for the Lions. They lost to LSU 13-1 on Feb. 22, they have two games against the Rebels this week and they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide in April. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. from Oxford-University Stadium. For those who cannot attend the game, it will be broadcasted on the Ole Miss Radio Network.