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PREVIEW: Long Beach State Dirtbags Host No. 9 Ole Miss

NCAA Baseball
Long Beach State Dirtbags vs. No. 9 Ole Miss
Blair Field

After splitting a mid-week series with Arizona State, the Dirtbags (3-6) are back at Blair Field as part of a six-game homestand. Friday’s 6 p.m. game has been rained out, and there will be a double header on Saturday. Game 1 is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the second game will start 45 minutes after that game concludes.

The Ole Miss pitching staff is one of the best in the nation. They have a 2.25 team ERA with 93 strikeouts in 72 innings.

LBSU will send sophomore Zak Baayoun (2-0) to the mound for his for his third start. The crafty lefty has allowed a pair of earned runs while striking out 19 batters in 14.1 innings.

Ole Miss (8-0) has outscored its opponents 53-25 with nine home runs. Sophomore Grae Kessinger leads Ole Miss with 14 hits, three doubles and a .645 slugging percentage.

The nonconference series concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

LBSU will be back at Blair Field on Wednesday for its ninth game in 12 days against Vanderbilt at 6 p.m.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.