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No. 18 Southern Miss will hold special promotion against Western Kentucky

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 Southern Miss first baseman Tim Lynch catches the ball against Rice on April 23. The Golden Eagles play host to Western Kentucky in a series that starts at 6 p.m. Friday.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Southern Miss first baseman Tim Lynch catches the ball against Rice on April 23. The Golden Eagles play host to Western Kentucky in a series that starts at 6 p.m. Friday.

No. 18 Southern Miss will have a special promotions for this weekend's Conference-USA baseball series against Western Kentucky at Pete Taylor Park.

The Golden Eagles (31-14 overall, 15-6 C-USA) play host to the Hilltoppers (24-21, 10-11) in a series that starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday at 2 p.m., and 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be Pack The Pete in Pink Weekend, the program's annual Breast Cancer Awareness series. Pack the Pete in Pink t-shirts will be available all weekend at the park for $12 to benefit individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment in the Pine Belt area. The first 100 mothers in attendance to Sunday's game will receive a pink Southern Miss lanyard for Mother's Day and also as part of the Pack The Pete in Pink festivities.

- Fourth-ranked MSU (29-14, 12-9) hosts Missouri in a series that opened Thursday night. Missouri has never beaten MSU in five previous tries.

- Seventh-ranked Ole Miss (34-12, 12-9 SEC) travels to Georgia (22-23, 7-14) at Foley Field. The two teams haven't met since 2014, which Georgia took two of three at Swayze Field.

MSU and Ole Miss are both tied for second place in the SEC Western Division. If the two Magnolia state teams finished tied at the end of the regular season, MSU holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Ole Miss.

Southern Miss is tied for first place with Rice in C-USA, but the Golden Eagles hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Owls.

At the plate, Southern Miss is led by Jake Sandlin at .382 and 65 hits. Taylor Braley has hit a team-high 10 homers. Tim Lynch is batting .345 with eight homers and team-high 47 RBI. Cord Cockrell (7-1), who suffered his first loss last weekend at Florida Atlantic, will start Friday and Kirk McCarty (4-0) gets the nod Saturday.

With a solid lineup, Ole Miss has no problems scoring runs. Henri Lartique leads the Rebels in hitting at .340. J.B. Woodman has hit eight homers and 39 RBI. Ole Miss' Friday night starter, Brady Bramlett is 6-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 73 strikeouts. Wyatt Short, who has seven saves, is considered one of the nation's top closers.

Jake Mangum remains the Bulldogs' top hitter, hitting .416 with 52 hits. Gavin Collins has hit a team-high eight homers. Reid Humphries is batting .336. Pitchers Dakota Hudson and Austin Sexton will start the series' first two games.

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