Thursday, February 22, 2007

11TH Ranked Rebels Host Wright State for 3 Game Set

OXFORD, Miss. – The 11th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels (5-1) will continue home action this weekend as Ole Miss will welcome Wright State to town for a three-game series at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Friday’s series opening game will begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s games are set for 1:30 p.m. starts.

Ole Miss is coming into the weekend on the heels of a mid-week tilt with Memphis that saw the Rebels break out the bats and hit four home runs on the way to a 12-9 win over the Tigers. Cody Overbeck hit a grand slam in the first and a solo home run in the second as part of an offensive explosion that also included a two-run home run from Fuller Smith and a three-run home run from Logan Power.

Power leads the Rebel offense with a .450 batting average and seven RBI on the season, tied with Overbeck for second most RBI on the season. Brett Basham leads the team in RBI as he has driven in eight runs on the year.

Rebel ace Will Kline (2-0) will lead the Rebels into the weekend, taking the mound on Friday night. Kline, a junior right-hander, has struck out 16 batters in 12.0 innings of work to lead the Rebel pitching staff in strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Lance Lynn (1-1) is slated to start the Saturday contest with 15 strikeouts and only two walks on the year and has posted a 1.64 ERA. Sophomore southpaw Brett Bukvich (1-0) is expected to close out the series on Sunday.

Wright State will open the 2007 season this weekend after having the opening series at Morehead State cancelled last weekend. The Raiders are coming off a successful 2006 season that saw them claim the Horizon League Tournament and earn a berth in the NCAA Corvallis Regional.

Returning to lead the Raiders at the plate is Ross Oeder, who hit .369 a year ago to lead the Wright State offense. Oeder tallied 28 RBI and a home run while hitting 20 extra-base hits. As a team last season, the Raiders hit .300 with 39 home runs and 298 RBI.

Garrett Holleran leads the Raiders pitching staff into the weekend as the senior right-hander posted a 6.75 ERA a year ago and turned in a 4-7 record on the mound. He struck out 38 batters while walking 25. Also expected to throw for the Raiders are newcomer Dan Barker on Saturday and senior southpaw Kyle Kearcher. Barker transferred to Wright State from Ohio State, while Kearcher posted a 1-1 record last season in 11 appearances and one start.

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