BLOG: Having spit the first two games of the three-game set, No. 12 Ole Miss and Auburn head into today’s finale looking to claim the series.
First pitch at Oxford-University Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.
TAKING THE MOUND: On the mound for Ole Miss will be right-handed sophomore Mike Mayers. The Ohio native is 2-1 on the season with a 3.43 ERA. In 21 innings, Mayers has struck out 18 and walked eight. Opponents are hitting .205 off of Mayers. Against Houston last Sunday, Mayers walked three and allowed one run on four hits in five innings. He also struck out just one, a season low.
Auburn will counter with left-handed freshman Daniel Koger. Koger is 1-1 on the year with a 1.82 ERA. In 24.2 innings, Koger has allowed five earned runs on 11 walks and 17 hits. He has also struck out 18 and opponents are hitting .198 off of him.
In Koger’s most-recent start, the freshman allowed two runs in 8.1 innings and took the loss against Belmont. Koger also stuck out seven against one walk and five hits.
AUBURN TIGERS (11-8 overall, 1-1 SEC)
RF Jay Gonzalez (.299/.402/.429)
2B Creede Simoson (.400/.471/.493)
CF Ryan Tella (.499/.565/.536)
LF Cullen Wacker (.300/.434/.433)
1B Garrett Cooper (.304/.452/.411)
DH Justin Bryant (.286/.286/.286)
SS Dan Glevenyak (.364/.403/.455)
C Caleb Bowen (.278/.462/.333)
3B Zach Alvord (.273/.365/.400)
LHP Daniel Koger (1-1, 1.82)
No. 12 OLE MISS REBELS (15-4, 1-1)
LF Tanner Mathis (.319/.456/.333)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.432/.500/.649)
1B Matt Snyder (.412/.474/.647)
C Will Allen (.326/.360/.413)
RF Preston Overbey (.351/.429/.514)
3B Andrew Mistone (.266/.310/.344)
CF Auston Bousfield (.264/.372/.306)
DH Zach Kirksey (.386/.463/1.045)
SS Blake Newalu (.321/.367/.429)
RHP Mike Mayers (2-1, 3.43)
AUBURN 1, Ole Miss 0 (T3): After a much better start on Sunday by the Rebels, Auburn finally broke through on the scoreboard in the third when Jay Gonzalez hit a mid-range fly ball to left field scored Caleb Bowen from third base. Bowen led off the the frame with a double and was sacrificed over to third.
OLE MISS 2, Auburn 1 (B3): It didn’t take long for the Rebels to respond. Blake Newalu led off the bottom of the third with a line-drive homer over the Rebels’ bullpen. Tanner Mathis followed up Newalu’s first homer of the season with a triple into the right field corner. Alex Yarbrough‘s groundout to second in the next at-bat scored Mathis to put the Rebels ahead 2-1.
AUBURN 3, Ole Miss 2 (T9): The Tigers waited until the last possible moment to get back on the scoreboard. With two strikes against him, Auburn center fielder Ryan Tella hit a two-out double just fair in the left field corner. Auburn left fielder Cullen Wacker followed it up with a double into the right field corner to tie the game and end the day of Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers. With Rebel closer Brett Huber on the mound, Garrett Cooper was able to hit a single up the middle to score Wacker and put the Tigers ahead 3-2. The Rebels attempted a rally in the bottom of the frame. Andrew Mistone led off the frame with a walk, but after pinch runner Senquez Golson was sacrificed over to second base, Zach Kirksey struck out looking and pinch hitter Sikes Orvis flew out to shallow center field to end the game.
Mayers was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in 8.2 innings. Mayers also struck out five and did not allow a walk.
Auburn relief pitcher Cory Luckie picked up the win, pitching two scoreless innings, while Justin Bryant earned his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Ole Miss (15-5 overall, 1-2 SEC) will get back at it Tuesday, hosting Southern Miss at 6:30 p.m.
Freshman right-hander Sam Smith will get the start for the Rebels. (March 18, 2012)