Rebels Host TCU In Top 25 Showdown

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Bobby Wahl and the Rebels take the field to face TCU in the season opener on Friday.
Bobby Wahl and the Rebels take the field to face TCU in the season opener on Friday.

Feb. 14, 2013

Ole Miss vs. TCU Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

No. 13 Ole Miss (0-0) vs. No. 14 TCU (0-0)

Date: Feb. 15-17, 2013 (4 p.m./1:30 p.m./Noon)
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field
Capacity: 10,323
Surface: Grass
Series: Ole Miss trails 5-8
    In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 2-1
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Television: None
Live Stats:
Live Video:Rebelvision
Live Blog:
Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB

• Ole Miss enters the 2013 season ranked in the preseason for the 10th time in the Mike Bianco era.
  The Rebels are ranked as high as 13th (Baseball America) and are also ranked by Perfect Game (19),
  Collegiate Baseball (25), USAToday Coaches Poll (25) and the NCBWA (25).
• The Rebels return 6-of-9 position starters from 2013 and two weekend starters in juniors Wahl and
• Ole Miss is 11-1 in season-openers under head coach Mike Bianco with the lone loss coming to
  UL-Monroe in the 2010 season by a score of 6-5. Ole Miss has won 30 of its last 31 season openers
  dating back to 1981.
• The Rebels and TCU opened the season against each other in Fort Worth last season, splitting the two
  games with the Saturday game being rained out.
• The returning Rebel pitchers account for 29 of the team’s 37 wins in 2012 and 11 of the 15 saves.
• Ole Miss has picked up the series win in all five of its three-game series in opening weekends under
  Bianco. The Rebels have posted a sweep in three of those five series played in opening weekends
  since 2001.
• Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco and TCU head coach Jim Scholssnagle will both work together as part
  of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. Schlossnagle is head coach, while Bianco
  will be pitching coach.

TCU - Brandon Finnegan, Soph., LHP
Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP
• Wahl is making his 19th career start and opens his second season as the Friday night starter for the
• Started the season-opener at TCU last year, picking up the win in 5.0 innings of work allowing only two
• He struck out 104 batters as a sophomore through 99.0 innings of work for 130 and 129.0 IP in his
• Wahl faced TCU three times last season, going 2-1 against the Horned Frogs. Wahl picked up wins in
  the season-opener and the NCAA Regional opener, but fell in the regional championship game on two
  days rest.
• In those three meetings, Wahl struck out 16 and pitched 16.1 innings combined against the Horned

TCU - Preston Morrison, Soph., RHP
Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP
• Mayers is making his 17th career start but his first start against TCU after two relief outings in 2012
• He struck out 8 in 4.0 innings of work in the opening weekend at TCU and worked 2.0 innings in the
• Moved into the role of weekend starter as a sophomore, striking out 71 through 92.2 innings of work
• Mayers posted a pair of shutouts on the year, blanking the nationally-ranked Razorbacks in both

TCU - Stefan Crichton, Jr., RHP
Ole Miss - Chris Ellis, Soph., RHP
• Ellis will be making his first weekend start, and second ever, against the Horned Frogs on Sunday
• The right-hander made 19 appearances with one start as a freshman, starting against Jackson State
• He picked up the win in a pre-determined start, striking out 6 and allowing one hit through 4.0
  scoreless innings
• Ellis also picked up three wins in relief and posted 29 strikeouts and only eight walks through 31.2

Ole Miss opens the season against the TCU Horned Frogs who are ranked as high as 14th nationally (Baseball America) heading into the 2013 season. The two teams played five times in 2012 and it will be the eighth time the two teams have met in the last 12 months by the end of the weekend series.

• TCU posted a 40-22 record in 2012, advancing to an NCAA Super Regional at UCLA after defeating the
  Rebels twice in elimination games at the NCAA Regional hosted by Texas A&M.
• Kevin Cron returns to lead the Horned Frogs after hitting .338 with six home runs and 34 RBI as a
• Preston Morrison returns to anchor the pitching staff after a 9-2 record with 72 strikeouts in 112.2 IP

Visitors to Oxford-University Stadium this season will have plenty to look forward to besides just some of the most exciting baseball in the country. Ole Miss Marketing has gameday promotions lined up throughout the course of the season that are sure to please the crowds. This weekend is Tanner Mathis poster day on Friday afternoon with Tanner Mathis schedule posters being given out to the fans. Saturday will feature “I Love Ole Miss” T-Shirts as a part of “I Love Ole Miss” Week, while Sunday night will have Ole Miss drink koozies given out to fans in attendance.

Ole Miss has enjoyed success on the home field under head coach Mike Bianco over the course of 13 seasons. The excitement and energy generated by Rebel fans has helped the squad post a record of 308-116-1 at Swayze Field for a .726 winning percentage in that time.

Ole Miss returns an All-SEC performer from a year ago when junior right-hander Bobby Wahl takes the mound this season. Wahl posted a 7-4 record a year ago and started the season strong, going to 5-0 on the year before suffering his first loss of the season at Mississippi State. Wahl struck out 104 batters, leading all returning pitchers in the SEC this season, and finished in the top 10 of five categories last season in the SEC (ERA, Opposing Batting Average, Innings Pitched, Strikeouts and Wins).

Wahl picked up where he left off his sophomore campaign when he was tabbed as a preseason All-America selection heading into this year. Both Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game named Wahl to their preseason All-America teams earlier this year.

Senior right-hander Brett Huber joined Wahl in pulling in preseason attention as he was named to the Stopper of the Year watch list by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The award is presented annually to the top closer in college baseball by the NCBWA at the end of the year.

Junior Bobby Wahl became the most recent Rebel to find himself as a candidate for the Golden Spikes Award Watch List when he was announced as one of the 50 preseason members of the list by USA Baseball. He joins recent Rebels Alex Yarbrough (semifinalist, 2012) and Drew Pomeranz (finalist, 2010) as part of a long line of Rebel players on the watch list for the nation’s top collegiate player.

Ole Miss welcomes 13 newcomers to the squad for the 2013 campaign. The new faces on the squad belong to a group of five junior college transfers and eight true freshmen. That group of newcomers also includes six pitchers (3 LHP, 3 RHP), a trio of catchers, three infielders and one outfielder.

Ole Miss Gear
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    • Ratings, Exposure Huge for Ole Miss-Alabama

      Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more

    • Rebels Pass First Test in Search of Playoff Berth

      Sunday, September 20, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more

    • Kelly Makes Statement in Big Rebel Win

      Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;... read more

    • Big Plays Highlight Season-Opening Win

      Saturday, September 5, 2015 - Football

      Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more

    • Time to Take a Stand

      Monday, August 31, 2015 -

      It's finally week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more

    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge to Air on ESPNU Aug. 1

      Thursday, July 30, 2015 -

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • Rebels Emerge on Four Watch Lists This Week

      Friday, July 17, 2015 -

      Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more

    • Football Rebels All Over First Week of Watch List Releases

      Friday, July 10, 2015 -

      As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more

    • Engram, Hilton and Johnson to Represent Ole Miss at SEC Football Media Days

      Wednesday, July 8, 2015 -

      Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more

    • Five Rebels Tabbed Preseason All-SEC in The Birmingham News

      Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

      Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more

    • Lindy's Sports Gives Seven Rebels Preseason Recognition

      Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -

      The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more

    • Five Rebels Named Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports

      Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -

      With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more

    • Sporting News Tabs Four Rebels to Preseason All-America Teams

      Monday, June 15, 2015 - Football

      Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more

    • Athlon Sports Names Nine Rebels Preseason All-SEC

      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Football

      Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more

    • Eleven Rebels Garner Phil Steele Preseason Honors

      Monday, June 1, 2015 - Football

      The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more