FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team will try for its sixth-consecutive series victory over Ole Miss when it hosts the SEC overall- and Western Division-leading Rebels in a three-game series this weekend at Baum Stadium.
Game times for the series between the Razorbacks (16-18, 3-9 SEC) and the 16th-ranked Rebels (24-8-1, 9-3 SEC) are 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, 2 p.m. CT on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.
Head coach Norm DeBriyn’s 32nd Razorback club has lost its last three games, six of its last eight and eight of its last 12. The Hogs suffered a 10-9, 12-inning defeat Tuesday at Southwest Missouri State.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Mike Bianco, UM is ranked No. 16 in the Baseball America and ESPN/Baseball Weekly polls and No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Rebels have won six of their last eight games, including a 5-1 home win over Memphis on Wednesday.
Sophomore right-hander Gary Hogan Jr. (0-2, 4.26 ERA) will get the start for the Razorbacks in Friday’s series opener. UA coaches have yet to determine a starter for Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.
Junior right-hander Pete Montrenes (7-1, 3.17 ERA) will try to add to his league-best victory total when he takes the mound for the Rebels in the series opener. Junior left-hander Mike Gray (2-1, 4.93 ERA) will get the start on Saturday and senior right-hander Ronnie Goodwin (4-1, 5.47 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday.
Senior outfielder/designated hitter Scott Crossett leads the Razorbacks with a .305 batting average while freshman infielder Brett Hagedorn’s 26 RBI lead the team in that category. Junior outfielder Michael Conner leads the team in home runs with eight.
Sophomore infielder Chad Sterbens leads the Rebels and ranks second in the SEC with a .421 batting average. Junior outfielder Burney Hutchinson leads Ole Miss with 31 RBI and eight home runs.
Arkansas has won its last five series against Ole Miss, including three-game sweeps in each of the last two series played in Fayetteville. Last year, the Hogs won two of three games at Ole Miss on the final weekend of the regular season and knocked the Rebels out of the SEC Tournament field.