No. 6 Ole Miss (37-21, 15-15 SEC) vs. No. 7 Alabama (33-25, 14-15 SEC)
May 23 | 9:30 a.m. | Hoover, Ala. | SportSouth/ESPN3
UM Fr. RHP Jacob Waguespack (0-1, 2.89 ERA) vs. UA So. RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.61 ERA)
Overall Record: 37-21
SEC Record/Finish: 15-15/6th
RPI (Warren Nolan): 18
Strength of Schedule: 8
Record vs Top 50 RPI: 13-17
Record vs. 51-100 RPI: 5-2
Record vs. 100+ RPI: 19-2
Ole Miss NCAA Tournament projection:
Mark Etheridge, SEBaseball.com (May 22): No. 2 seed in Louisville Regional
Kendall Rogers, Perfect Game (May 20): No. 2 seed in Clemson Regional
Bianco in SEC Tournament elimination games: Head coach
Rebels sweep in regular season: Ole Miss and Alabama met for a three-game series in Oxford with the Rebels winning all three games.
Bobby Wahl and Aaron Greenwood combined for a two-hit shutout in game one, as Ole Miss won 6-0. The Rebels clinched the series with a 5-2 win in game two, then Tanner Mathis delivered a bases-loaded single in the 11th to sweep the series with a 4-3 win in the series finale.
Waguespack to make second career start: Freshman right-hander Jacob Waguespack will start for Ole Miss against Alabama. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder from Prairieville, La., dealt with an elbow injury for much of the season and made his season debut April 16 against Southern Miss.
Waguespack has made five appearances, including one start, and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 9.1 innings. In his one start, he took the loss against Southern Miss, as he gave up two run on four hits in three innings.
Another turn for Mississippi native Turnbull: Jacob Waguespack will be opposed on the mound by Spencer Turnbull, a sophomore right-hander from Madison, Miss.
Earlier this year, he took a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to Ole Miss, as he allowed two runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts in six innings. He pitched in relief against the Rebels in 2012 and took the loss, as he allowed four runs on four hits a strikeout in 0.2 innings.
This season, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is second on the team with 13 starts and 77.1 innings pitched this season. He holds a 4-3 record with a 3.61 ERA, .295 B/AVG, 1.46 WHIP and 41-to-30 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Turnbull has also thrown two complete games this season, including a four-hit shutout against Auburn.
Bianco, on availability of Bobby Wahl: "Bobby threw a little bit off the mound today. He could probably throw tomorrow in an emergency. It's not health-wise. We got to be careful with him. We want to do what's right for him and for the program. And as much as we want to have success here, we're going to have to win the following day as well, so somebody else has to pitch.
"We've really pushed him over the last couple of weeks, as far as short rest and throwing one inning on Friday, then coming back on Sunday, then coming back on two days' short rest. I think we got to get closer to what his normal routine is."
Bianco, on 10 different ineups over last 13 games: "Part of it, I think is trying to find the right matchup... The top five have been pretty solid the last few games with Mathis, Anderson, and then Turner, Mistone, Boz... You just try to find the right matchup for that pitcher that day."
Ole Miss Lineup (career vs. UA SO RHP Spencer Turnbull)
LF Tanner Mathis (1-for-2, 2B, BB)
SS Austin Anderson (1-for-2)
C Stuart Turner (0-for-1, 2 BB)
3B Andrew Mistone (1-for-3)
CF Auston Bousfield (2-for-3, BB)
DH Sikes Orvis (0-for-2)
1B Preston Overbey (2-for-3)
2B Christian Helsel (0-for-0)
RF Will Jamison (1-for-2)
Alabama Lineup (season batting average)
3B Kenny Roberts (.251)
CF Georgie Salem (.272)
2B Kyle Overstreet (.279)
RF Ben Moore (.289)
SS Mikey White (.278)
1B Austen Smith (.277)
C Brett Booth (.283)
LF Andrew Miller (.237)
DH Chance Vincent (.214)