Ole Miss baseball postpones series opener with Auburn one day due to weather.

On3 imageby:Jake Thompson05/11/23

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Mother Nature is making the Ole Miss baseball team start its finale home weekend series of the season a day later after weather rolled into Oxford on Thursday afternoon.

The Rebels and Auburn will now start its weekend Southeastern Conference series on Friday with a scheduled doubleheader. Thursday’s game set for a 7 p.m. CT first pitch was postponed due to heavy rainfall.

Game one of Friday’s doubleheader will start at 2 p.m. CT with an hour between between it and game two. Friday’s game was originally scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Ole Miss (25-23, 6-18 SEC) is entering this weekend sitting tied for last in the SEC with Mississippi State. The previous two national championship programs are currently looking to be missing the postseason, making this weekend “paramount” for the Rebels.

Sitting just above Ole Miss is Missouri at 7-17, which took two of three from the Rebels last weekend. The Tigers play Georgia this weekend then host Auburn to close out the regular season.

Georgia, which is currently four games ahead of Ole Miss, ends its regular season by hosting No. 2 LSU next weekend.

Anything less than winning at least five of the final six SEC games would all but put the steak in the postseason heart of Ole Miss. Though that could happen regardless of wins depending what Missouri does this weekend.

“Everybody knows you’ve got to win,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said this week, in an interview with SuperTalk Mississippi. “Every game is paramount. Nobody knows the math because you don’t know what the other teams are going to do, but you can only control what you can control. You’ve got to win as many games as you can. 

“We weren’t in as bad a situation, but a similar situation, last year, where you’ve got to put the blinders on. Don’t look at the scoreboard. Just try to take care of your business the best you can.”

After this weekend’s series Ole Miss will wrap up its 2023 home slate on Tuesday against Austin Peay at 6:30 p.m. CT before heading to take on Alabama starting next Thursday.

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