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Ole Miss-Alabama Game 1 Blog

Just got settled into the press box at Alabama’s Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Tonight’s No. 14 OLE MISS (35-15) lineup:
LF Taylor Hashman
SS Kevin Mort
RF Matt Smith
CF Tim Ferguson
3B Zach Miller
2B Alex Yarbrough
C Taylor Hightower
DH Mike Snyder
1B Miles Hamblin
LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-1, 2.17)

ALABAMA (29-20)
CF Taylor Dugas
SS Josh Rutledge
2B Ross Wilson
1B Clay Jones
3B Jake SMith
DH David Kindred
C Cody Trotter
RF Andrew Miller
LF Jon Kelton
LHP Adam Morgan (5-3, 6.23)

OLE MISS TIES: Two former Rebels currently reside in the Crimson Tide’s dugout. Pitching coach Kyle Bunn spent seven seasons in Oxford and after coaching at Clemson the past two years joined the Tide’s staff this season.

Starting Alabama designated hitter David Kindred is also a former Rebel. The junior outfielder redshirted the 2007 in Oxford and hit .222 in 11 games for Ole Miss in 2008 before transferring to Shelton State Community College. Kindred is in his first season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and has made the most of his reserve role for the Tide. In 79 at-bats, Kindred is hitting .367.

MIXING IT UP: Senior left fielder Taylor Hashman will be making his second-straight appearance in the leadoff spot for Ole Miss. In the Rebels’ 5-2 victory at Arkansas State on Wednesday, Hashman went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored. He made the most of his two hits, collecting a double and a triple.

While Hashman started off the season as more of a first-guy-off-the-bench/spot starter, he has since claimed the starting spot in left field and is hitting .333 with seven home runs, 33 RBIs and a team-best .677 slugging-percentage in 93 at-bats. He has also struck out 18 times and walked 14.

LOOKING BACK: Last season, the No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels took two of three from No. 24 Alabama in Oxford, winning Friday 8-7 and Saturday 5-2, before dropping the Sunday contest 19-6. On Friday night, Drew Pomeranz allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five. It took a three-run ninth for the Rebels to win it and Rory McKean pitched 0.2 scoreless innings to earn the win.

On Saturday, the Rebels used a five-run fifth inning to pick up the win. Tonight’s starter, Adam Morgan, earned the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) in 4.2 innings, walking four and striking out two.

Sunday’s slaughter is one I’m sure Ole Miss fans would like to forget. Senior Brett Bukvich never got going, allowing seven runs on six hits in 0.2 innings. Kent Matthes had a stellar day. The right fielder went 2-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs scored. If his first home run off the batter’s eye in center field wasn’t bad enough, he hit an even more impressive that went through the tree beyond the left field wall.

Tonight’s game is set for a 6:35 first pitch and can be heard on 93.7 FM. (May 14, 2010)

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