Date: Feb. 19, 2014 Location: Oxford, Miss. Venue: Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field Capacity: 10,323 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 14-1 In Oxford: 12-1 Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network Television: None Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Live Video:WatchRebelVision.com | Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
QUICK HITS: The Rebels will be featured on television nine times this season, including two ESPNU broadcasts, five home games. Ole Miss is coming off a series sweep on the road at Stetson this past weekend, winning 7-0, 11-1 and 8-2. Auston Bousfield led the Rebels at the plate in efficiency, hitting at a .583 clip and went 7-for-12 with 6 runs scored. Will Allen was named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .545 with 10 RBI, three runs scored and two RBI. Chris Ellis worked a career-long 6.0 innings against Stetson in the opener, leading the Rebels to a shutout win Friday. Nine players made their Rebel debut on the opening weekend, including seven freshmen and two transfers. Ole Miss now kicks off a 13-game home stand with four games this week, including a weekend series vs. Ga. State. The Rebels return 11 pitchers who saw action in 2013, combining for 174 appearances and 277.2 innings of work. Six starters return from a year ago in the offensive lineup, including three seniors and three juniors.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS WEDNESDAY, 4:00 PM UTM - Jackson Zurabin, Jr., RHP Ole Miss - Jacob Waguespack, So., RHP NOTING WAGUESPACK: Makes his first start of the season after pitching 1.0 inning in relief at Stetson the opening weekend. Made two starts in six appearances as a freshman after being limited by injury early in the season. His starts came against Southern Miss (5/14) and against Alabama (5/23) in the SEC Tournament. Made his collegiate debut against Mississippi State (4/9) in the Governor's Cup Game Worked a season-long 3.2 innings in a start against the Crimson Tide at the SEC Tournament.
REBELS vs. UT-MARTIN Ole Miss and UT-Martin have faced each other 15 times in the history of the program with 13 of those meetings coming in Oxford. The two teams met last season with Ole Miss picking up a 15-2 victory over the Skyhawks. The two teams first met in the 1992 season with the Rebels claiming a 5-0 victory in Oxford. The lone loss came in the 2000 season when the Rebels fell 8-5 to the Skyhawks in Oxford. The two teams met at a neutral site in the 2000 season with a 14-5 victory in Jackson, Tenn. Ole Miss has posted a 5-0 record against the Skyhawks under head coach Mike Bianco.
A LOOK AT UT-MARTIN The Skyhawks of UT-Martin enter the weekend with an 0-3 record after a tough series at UAB where UT-Martin dropped the final two games of the series by a combined three runs, falling in game two 3-2 and the finale 5-3. Fletcher Johnson leads the Skyhawks at the plate, hitting at a .308 clip with a run and an RBI. The Skyhawks are hitting at a .155 clip as a team, paced by a trio of players hitting above .300. As a pitching staff, UT-Martin holds a 3.28 ERA and has allowed 13 runs on 28 hits to date. Carter Smith (LHP) is the top performing reliever this season, working 2.2 scoreless innings. Jackson Zurabin transferred to UT-Martin from Ohlone College with 66.1 innings in 18 outings in `13.
ALLEN NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK Ole Miss got its first SEC Player of the Week selection on the opening week of play when the league office tabbed senior catcher Will Allen for the honor. Allen hit .545 in the series at Stetson with 10 RBI through 11 at bats and two home runs to help pace the Ole Miss offense against the Hatters. He tallied five RBI in the second game of the series on a 2-for-3 performancea and four RBI on a 3-for-4 performance Sunday in the series finale.
SEVERAL REBELS MAKE SUCCESFUL DEBUTS Ole Miss had nine players make their debuts in a Rebel uniform during the opening weekend, including seven freshmen and two junior college transfers. Of those newcomers, three found themselves in the starting lineup (Braxton Lee, Errol Robinson and J.B. Woodman), while seven saw action on the opening day of competition.
REBEL PITCHERS LIMIT OPPORTUNITIES Ole Miss' pitching staff turned in a solid opening weekend, holding the Stetson Hatters to three runs on the weekend series and limiting offensive opportunities for the Hatters. Rebel pitchers allowed only 14 hits on the weekend and posted the first shutout of the season on opening day with a 7-0 victory. The Rebel pitching staff also struck out 24 batters through the three-game series with only seven walks.
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