No. 6 Ole Miss (37-20, 15-15 SEC) vs. No. 3 Arkansas (35-19, 18-11 SEC)
May 22 | 9:30 a.m. | Hoover, Ala. | Comcast Sports Southeast/ESPN3
UM So. RHP Sam Smith (3-0, 3.28 ERA) vs. UA Jr. RHP Barrett Astin (4-4, 2.02 ERA)
Overall Record: 37-20
SEC Record/Finish: 15-15/6th
Strength of Schedule: 9
Record vs Top 50 RPI: 13-16 (includes Tuesday's 4-1 win against Kentucky)
Record vs. 51-100 RPI: 5-2
Record vs. 100+ RPI: 19-2
Ole Miss NCAA Tournament projection:
Mark Etheridge, SEBaseball.com (May 19): No. 2 seed in Louisville Regional
Kendall Rogers, Perfect Game (May 20): No. 2 seed in Clemson Regional
Smith looks for repeat performance: Sophomore right-hander Sam Smith gets the nod for Ole Miss against Arkansas. Head coach Mike Bianco said Tuesday that Smith threw short work before the game against Kentucky.
It will be his second career start against the Razorbacks, as he took a no-decision in a 6-4 win against Arkansas in 13 innings earlier this season. He allowed one run on three hits with a walk and strikeout in five innings.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder remains unbeaten with a 3-0 record to go along with a 3.28 ERA, .281 B/AVG, 1.40 WHIP and 29-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In his last six starts, he has allowed nine runs, seven of which were earned, in 29 innings.
Like junior right-hander Mike Mayers on Tuesday, Smith will be pitching on four days' rest, having pitched 3.1 innings against LSU this past Friday, giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks, as Ole Miss lost 5-4.
Astin settles into starter role: Sam Smith will be opposed on the mound by junior right-hander Barrett Astin for Arkansas.
between the weekend rotation and bullpen, settling into the rotation where he has made nine starts. In those starts, he has allowed 15 runs, 12 of which were earned, in 45.2 innings.
Ole Miss Lineup (career vs. UA JR RHP Barrett Astin)
LF Tanner Mathis (0-for-3)
3B Andrew Mistone (0-for-2)
SS Austin Anderson (0-for-4)
C Stuart Turner (0-for-1)
CF Auston Bousfield (0-for-2)
1B Sikes Orvis (2-for-2)
2B Preston Overbey (1-for-1)
RF Will Jamison (0-for-1, HBP)
DH Will Allen (1-for-2, BB)
Arkansas Lineup (career vs. UM SO RHP Sam Smith)
DH Joe Serrano (1-for-2)
CF Matt Vinson (1-for-2)
LF Brian Anderson (0-for-2)
1B Dominic Ficociello (0-for-0)
RF Tyler Spoon (0-for-2)
3B Jacob Mahan (0-for-3)
2B Jordan Farris (0-for-0)
SS Brett McAfee (0-for-1)
C Jean Ramirez (0-for-0)