Who: Ole Miss (21-13, 6-7) at LSU (24-11, 8-5)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Alex Box Stadium
Radio: WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM, 870
Rankings: LSU is ranked No. 9 by Baseball America, Ole Miss is not ranked
Friday’s likely starters: Ole Miss, Jr. LHP David Parkinson (4-2, 2.85 ERA, 47.1 IP, 12 BB, 48 K) vs. LSU, Sr. LHP Jared Poché (6-1, 2.32 ERA, 50.1 IP, 12 BB, 33 K)
What to watch for: Last week was a rough one for senior pitcher Jared Poché. Arkansas knocked him around the yard, torching him for nine hits and seven runs in 3.1 innings. Since his incredible start to the season, Poché has come back to earth a little bit in his last three outings. In two of those games, he was knocked out before he could record an out in the fourth inning. It’s worth noting that he sandwiched a strong seven-inning performance against Texas A&M between those two off outings, but his overall numbers the last three weeks aren’t pretty: 14.1 innings, 23 hits, 12 earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts, three doubles and three home runs. The walks and extra base hits are things he avoided in his first five starts of the season.
On the Rebels: Junior southpaw David Parkinson was as steady as they come in his first six starts of the season, but he’s been hit around a little bit in each of his last two starts. In his first six starts, he went at least six innings while allowing three or fewer earned runs in each of them. But he’s failed to finish the sixth inning in each of his last two starts, giving up season highs in hits (9) and earned runs (5) in 4.2 innings against Mississippi State, then following that up with allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings against Alabama last week.