Feb. 19, 2018
Ole Miss Notes - Memphis
Memphis (2-1, 0-0 AAC) vs. No. 9 Ole Miss (3-0, 0-0 SEC)
Date: February 20, 2018
First Pitch: 4 p.m.
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: O-U Stadium/Swayze Field
TV: SEC Network +
Will Kollmeyer, play-by-play
Brady Bramlett, analyst
Mobile: ESPN App
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Eli Savoie, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio/Stats: OleMissSports.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 93-54
Last Meeting: March 21, 2017
Memphis won 2-1 (11)
Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
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- No. 9 Ole Miss continues its eight-game homestand Tuesday hosting Memphis at 4 p.m.
- The Rebels and Tigers will meet for the 148th time Tuesday, the fifth-most played series in #RebsBSB history.
- It also marks the most played non-conference series for Ole Miss that dates back to 1916.
- Fresh off a weekend sweep over Big South Champion Winthrop, the Rebels remain as high as No. 9 in the top 25 polls.
- Ole Miss secured its third-straight season with an opening series sweep, and it also marked the seventh-consecutive year winning the opening series outright.
- The Rebels outscored Winthrop 18-5, allowing only one earned run all weekend.
- Sophomore LHP Ryan Rolison put on a clinic in the season opener, striking out a career-high 12 with only one hit allowed in five innings. It marked the most strikeouts in a Rebel opener since Lance Lynn had 12 back in the 2008 opener.
- For his efforts, Rolison earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors, leading all SEC pitchers on the weekend.
- Not to be outdone, starters Brady Feigl and James McArthur were also solid in their debuts on the mound, striking out a combined 13 batters with no earned runs allowed.
- As a pitching staff the Rebels totaled 39 strikeouts across 27 innings, holding Winthrop to just a .168 clip.
- The staff also gave up only 16 hits in three games to tally a 0.33 ERA in opening weekend.
- Two-out hitting was the key all weekend, as 10 of the 16 RBI came with two outs.
- The Rebels slugged eight extra-base hits including six doubles and two home runs, all of which came from eight different players.
- Ole Miss started four different newcomers across the infield last weekend, and seven newcomers overall made their Rebel debuts.
- Tuesday's projected starter, RHP Houston Roth, is coming off a Freshman All-America campaign in which he went 3-0 with a team-best 1.57 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Tuesday 4 p.m.
RHP Houston Roth (Ole Miss) | 3-0, 1.57 ERA, 28.2 IP (2017 Stats)
LHP Danny Denz | 1-1, 4.71 ERA, 21.0 IP (2017 Stats)
- 2017 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
- Held the lowest ERA on the team a year ago (1.57) to go along with a perfect 3-0 record
- Recorded 41 strikeouts and walked only eight in 28.2 IP
- Allowed only five earned runs all season
- Will be making his first career start Tuesday
Memphis heads into Tuesday's matchup at 2-1 coming off a opening weekend series win over Western
Kentucky. The Tigers, led by 14-year head coach Daron Schoenrock, finished 30-29 in 2017. They return 17 letterwinners from a year ago, including 10 returning pitchers and six position starters. Memphis won its season opener, which got pushed back to Saturday, 4-0, over the Hilltoppers, before splitting a Sunday doubleheader in a 3-1 defeat and 7-1 victory.
Ole Miss and Memphis share nine common opponents in 2018, including Eastern Illinois, Tennessee, Little Rock, Auburn, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Murray State and Tulane. The Rebels are one of five SEC teams the Tigers will face this season, with a second matchup slated for April 3 in Memphis. The Tigers fared 3-5 last season against SEC competition defeating Tennessee once and the Rebels twice.
Offensively Memphis returns its top hitter, Preseason All-AAC selection Tyler Webb, who leads the team early on with a .500 clip and three doubles. The senior OF hit .305 a year ago with 25 RBI and 63 hits. Alec Trela also returns on the infield where he hit .263 in 2017 with eight home runs and drove in 34. As a team the Tigers hit .225 in opening weekend with one home run and 10 RBI. THey drew 17 walks and tallied 20 hits against the Hilltoppers. They weren't as successful on the base paths, stealing just one base in five attempts.
The Tigers' pitching staff was effective in opening weekend allowing only four runs to WKU. They held opposing hitters to a .191 clip with 30 strikeouts to just seven walks, and gave up only three earned runs. LHP Danny Denz is expected to start for Memphis on Tuesday, a sophomore who's yet to make an appearance. In seven outings last season, the southpaw went 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 21.0 IP. He struck out 20 and started three contests, allowing 11 earned runs with a .295 average against.
Ole Miss and Memphis will be meeting for the 148th time on Tuesday, the fifth-most played series of all time for Ole Miss, and the most of any non-conference opponent. The series began way back in 1916 and has since continued over the years, where the Rebels hold a 93-54 advantage. Memphis won both of last season's matchups, 9-6 in the first (Feb. 28) and 2-1 in the second (March 21).
- Memphis junior OF/LHP Colton Neel and Ole Miss junior INF Michael Fitzsimmons are both alums of Memphis University School. Fitzsimmons and Memphis freshman RHP Bailey Wimberley also share the same hometown of Eads, Tenn.
- Memphis senior INF Kyle O'Keefe and Ole Miss junior INF Chase Cockrell and junior RHP Colin Coates are both transfers from Hinds CC.
- Memphis junior RHP Alex Hicks and junior LHP Chris Durhmam, and Ole Miss junior RHP Connor Green all hail from nearby Collierville, Tenn.
- Memphis junior RHP Blake Bennett and Ole Miss senior OF Tim Rowe are both transfers from Itawamba CC. The Tigers' junior OF Keith Stepter and Rowe both hail from Hernando, Miss., and Stepter is also an alum of Itawamba.
- Memphis junior C Jason Santana and Ole Miss freshman RHP Max Cioffi both share the same hometown of Chicago, Ill.
- Memphis sophomore INF/RHP Landon Kelly, along with Ole Miss junior RHP Dallas Woolfolk, and junior RHP Colin Coates, all share the hometown of Southaven, Miss.
WOOLFOLK TABBED PRESEASON ALL-SEC
The Rebels' junior closer earned a spot on the Preseason All-SEC Team, the lone Rebel on the list. The Southaven, Mississippi, native is coming off a dominant 2017 campaign in which he finished one off the school's single-season record in saves with 12. He led the team in appearances with 26, all in relief, totaling a 2.15 ERA and 3-2 record on the mound. The righty struck out 41 and held opposing hitters to a .200 clip in 37.2 innings of action.
PRESEASON HONORS? NO PROBLEM
Name any preseason All-America team or preseason watch list and junior RHP Dallas Woolfolk and sophomore LHP Ryan Rolison were probably on it. The duo combined for eight different preseason All-America selections, and both landed on preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious awards.
WOOLFOLK NAMED TO STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
This marks the third-straight year for a Rebel to be on the list for the award given annually to the top relief pitcher in Division I Baseball. Woolfolk enters his junior campaign as one of the top relievers nationally, therefore landing him a spot on the prestigious watch list. He is one of 52 players on the list and one of eight from the Southeastern Conference. The Southaven, Mississippi, native is the third Rebel in as many years to appear on the watch list after now senior Will Stokes was on it last year. In 2016, southpaw Wyatt Short made the preseason and midseason lists' as the closer.
ROLISON NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST
Rolison is the first Rebel to earn the preseason honor since Christian Trent in 2015.Rolison is one of 55 players on the preseason list, and is one of 15 players from the SEC. Of those, nine are pitchers, including Rolison. He joins a strong list of Rebel greats who also landed on the prestigious watch list, including Trent, Bobby Wahl (Oakland A's), Drew Pomeranz (Boston Red Sox), Scott Bittle, Lance Lynn (St. Louis Cardinals) and Cody Satterwhite.
Despite losing five Rebels to the MLB Draft -- the 14th consecutive year at least four Rebels were picked -- Ole Miss returns a large portion of its production offensively from last season, including eight of its 10 everyday hitters. Two of the three hitters who batted at least .300 (Nick Fortes, Will Golsan) are back in the lineup, as are six other players who heavily contributed, most of which started routinely. Of those 10 players, 73% of the hits return, as do 78% of the doubles, 53% of the home runs, and 67% of RBI.
On the mound, the production returning is even greater highlighted by a strong pitching staff that ranks among the nation's best. Of the 13 pitchers who appeared last season, only four were lost, who combined accounted for 37 appearances (David Parkinson the lone starter of the departed pitchers). The Rebels return all three Freshman All-Americans (Ryan Rolison, Houston Roth, Will Ethridge), along with experienced starters Brady Feigl and James McArthur, and with a host of other veteran pitchers.
AYE AYE, CAPTAIN
Senior Will Golsan and redshirt junior Brady Feigl were chosen as team captains for the 2018 season. Feigl, an experienced righty, enters his fourth spring as a member of the program, while Golsan has played literally everywhere on the field in his four-year career, and will look to anchor the Rebels from the outfield in 2018.
WOOLFOLK SPORTS THE STARS AND STRIPES FOR TEAM USA
At the conclusion of Dallas Woolfolk's 2017 campaign, the now junior was offered an invitation to spend the summer with USA Baseball, where he played as a member of the Collegiate National Team. He became the eighth Rebel to play for USA Baseball while on the Rebels' roster. He is the 10th Rebel to represent his country in international play after head coach Mike Bianco served as pitching coach back in 2013.
ROLISON NAMED SEC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Following his dominating performance on opening night, Rebel Baseball LHP Ryan Rolison was named SEC Pitcher of the Week. The southpaw threw 5.0 scoreless innings with a career-high 12 strikeouts in a 7-3 season-opening win. He led all SEC pitchers on the weekend with his 12 strikeouts, which were the most for any Ole Miss pitcher in the past two years, and the most in a season-opener since 2008 (Lance Lynn). The conference honor marks the second of Rolison's young career, after he picked up SEC Freshman of the Week honors on April 24 last season. He's the third pitcher in the last two seasons to earn pitcher of the week, after David Parkinson (March 13) and James McArthur (May 1) did it in 2017.
Following Tuesday's midweek, Ole Miss welcomes Tulane to town for a three-game set at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field this weekend.
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