For the first time this season the No. 1 Florida Gators (19-3, 2-1 SEC) baseball team will hit the road for a weekend SEC series against the Ole Miss (11-9, 1-2 SEC) Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi.
The Gators are riding hot — winners in nine of their last 10 games — but are bringing a very young team on the road in conference play for the very first time. How will freshmen like JJ Schwarz, Mike Rivera, Dalton Guthrie and Jeremy Vasquez handle a hostile environment playing ball in the SEC West — where fans are as diehard about college baseball as they come?
After dropping their SEC season opener a week ago to Tennessee, Florida bounced back to win the next two against the Volunteers before ending their 10-game home stand with a dominant win over instate rival Florida State.
Ole Miss comes in after a series against LSU. The Rebels lost on Friday before evening the series on Saturday, only to get blown out on Sunday. Ole Miss then narrowly beat Arkansas Pine Bluff 7-6 on Wednesday night. Ole Miss needed three runs in the ninth inning for the comeback win.
Friday: RHP Logan Shore (3-1, 1.78 ERA) vs. LHP Christian Trent (3-1, 3.45 ERA)
Shore had a rough outing against Tennessee last Friday. The sophomore did last six innings, striking out four, but gave up three home runs in the first inning and a fourth in the third. Shore took his first loss of the season but will look to bounce back against an Ole Miss team that is hitting just .250 as a team coming into the weekend series.
Trent won the first 12 games of his career at Ole Miss — a school record. Trent lost his first career game last Friday against LSU and will — like Shore — look to get back to his winning ways on Friday against the Gators.
Saturday: LHP A.J. Puk (4-1, 3.70 ERA) vs. RHP Brady Bramlett (2-1, 1.55 ERA)
Puk was able to right the ship against Tennessee following Florida’s loss on Friday. Puk picked up the win after five innings of work, struck out a career-high eight batters, giving up two runs.
Bramlett — much like Puk — helped his team bounce back after a Friday loss. Bramlett threw a career-high seven innings without allowing an earned run on the road at LSU. Bramlett has missed the 2013 and 2014 seasons due to injury but has looked sharp so far this season.
SUNDAY: Neither team released a projected starter for Sunday.