Ole Miss Hosts Arkansas State in Midweek Matchup
Feb. 22, 2016

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The Last Meeting
Ole Miss17  
Arkansas State3(7)
May 12, 2015
Jonesboro, Ark.
Orvis' Eight RBI Lead Ole Miss to 17-3 Victory
Senior Sikes Orvis continued to knock the cover off the ball, going 3-for-3 with a career-high eight RBI to lead the Ole Miss baseball team to a 17-3 victory over Arkansas State Tuesday night, May 12, in the final non-conference game of the regular season. With the seven-inning win over the Red Wolves (23-27), the Rebels (29-24) increased their season-high winning streak to five games heading into the final SEC weekend series.

MIDWEEK GAME
Matchup: No. 21 Ole Miss (3-0) vs. Arkansas State (2-1)
Date:
Feb. 24, 2016
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Swayze Field
Capacity: 10,323
Television: SEC Network+
    Will Kollmeyer, play-by-play
    David Dellucci, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
    David Kellum, play-by-play
    Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 70-21
Last Game: May 12, 2015
        Ole Miss won 17-3 (7)
        Jonesboro, Ark.





PROMOTIONS
- Wyatt Short Poster Giveaway
- Kids Night! Kids 12 and under get in FREE
- $1 Hot Dog Night

QUICK HITS
- Ole Miss is off to a 3-0 start for the fourth time in the past six seasons, and ninth overall under head coach Mike Bianco.
- The Rebels have won 12 season-opening weekend series during the Bianco era.
- Ole Miss scored 13 first-inning runs over opening weekend.
- Opening Day attendance was 10,129, the largest opening day crowd in school history.
- The season-opening series attendance was 26,910 (8,970 average), the sixth-highest attendance for a three-game series in Swayze Field history.
- 32 runs scored over the first weekend are the most by Ole Miss in an opening series since 2010.
- Ole Miss had 14 players make their debuts as Rebels during the season-opening series.
- The Rebels hit .404 with runners on base last weekend.
- Ole Miss is 14-for-15 in scoring a runner from third with less than two outs.
- The Rebels are in the midst of an eight-game homestand to begin the season.
- Ole Miss has won the last six matchups against Arkansas State.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
WEDNESDAY, 5 P.M.
ASU - Cody Jackson, R-Sr., RHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA (2.2 IP)
Ole Miss - James McArthur, Fr., 0-0, 0.00 ERA (1.0 IP)
NOTING McARTHUR:
- Made his Ole Miss debut Saturday vs. FIU, tossing 1.0 inning of relief
- Gave up one run on one walk and one hit against the Panthers
- Is one of the tallest Rebels on the team, standing 6’7” alongside Sean Johnson
- Joined Cameron Dishon as the only two Rebels from the state of Texas

SCOUTING ARKANSAS STATE
The Red Wolves opened up the 2016 season by taking two-of-three from UAB despite hitting just .185 as a team. Arkansas State won the season opener, 14-5, before splitting a doubleheader to complete the series. After hitting over .300 last year, Ty White is back for his senior season. He posted a .308 batting average over the weekend, recording a team-high four hits. ASU will hand the ball to redshirt-senior Cody Jackson Tuesday afternoon. The right-hander will face the Rebels after pitching 2.2 scoreless innings against UAB. Ole Miss is 23-8 against Arkansas State under head coach Mike Bianco and hold a 70-21 advantage in the all-time series. The Rebels have won the last six games between the two programs, sweeping the home-and-home series in each of the last three seasons.

BREAK OUT THE BROOMS
Ranked 24th heading into the season, Ole Miss kicked off the 2016 campaign with a three-game sweep over Florida International at Swayze Field. The Rebels outscored FIU 32-11 in the series; the 32 runs are the most scored by an Ole Miss team in an opening series since 2010 against Louisiana-Monroe. Ole Miss also remained unbeaten against the Panthers and now holds a 6-0 advantage. The sweep marked the fourth time Ole Miss has started 3-0 over the past six seasons. During the Mike Bianco era, the Rebels have won their first three games of the season an impressive nine times.

OPENING DAY VICTORIES
Ole Miss has enjoyed success in season-opening games under head coach Mike Bianco, posting a 15-1 record in games to open the season over the past 16 years. The Rebels’ lone loss on opening day came at the hands of ULM to open the 2010 season when Ole Miss fell 6-5 to the Warhawks in Oxford.

CLAIMING THE FIRST SERIES
The Rebels have fared well in season-opening weekends under Bianco with the Rebels claiming series wins in 12 of the last 16 seasons. The Rebels did not play a weekend series to open the 2005, 2007 or 2009 seasons. Those years, the Rebels either opened the year with midweek games or played at a weekend tournament with multiple-teams. The Rebels also had a game rained out in the season-opening weekend of 2012 and split the two games played at TCU to start the year. The Rebels got the 2016 campaign off on the right foot with a three-game sweep of FIU.

BLACKMAN’S BIG WEEKEND
Throughout the spring and fall, there was talk about the improvement of Tate Blackman. After going through a difficult freshman season, the Altamonte Springs, Florida native was determined to prove that his 2015 preseason expectations (before he even took the field in an Ole Miss uniform) was more than just hype. Putting in the time to get better during the offseason, Blackman’s hard work paid off with an impressive opening weekend in 2016. The second baseman recorded two hits in each game to equal his multi-hit game total from last season. He led the Rebels at the plate in all three games, hitting .600 and pacing the team in hits (6), runs (6), RBI (2) doubles (2), slugging percentage (1.100) and on-base percentage (.636).

REBEL DEBUTS
While Ole Miss returned seven position starters from last season’s squad, 14 Rebels made their debuts over the weekend, including nine pitchers. Taking the field in an Ole Miss uniform for the first time were:  Ray Alejo, Brian Browning, Brady Feigl, Michael Fitzsimmons, Nick Fortes, Connor Green, Andrew Lowe, James McArthur, DJ Miller, Ryan Olenek, Andy Pagnozzi, David Parkinson, Chad Smith and Dallas Woolfolk.
    
STRIKING FIRST
Ole Miss wasted no time striking first versus FIU, scoring in the first inning of all three games. The Rebels tallied 13 runs in the opening inning over the weekend, including nine in the series finale. Ole Miss scored one run in the first inning on opening day before three crossed the plate to start the second game. In game three, after the Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the frame, Ole Miss countered with a nine-spot to open up a seven-run cushion. The fast start gave the Rebels momentum in each game, helping lead to the series sweep.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Swayze Field provides the best atmosphere and some of the biggest crowds across the country for college baseball games. Rebel Nation took advantage of the nice weather and came out to the ballpark in full force to see Ole Miss Baseball open the 2016 season. Attendance on opening day was 10,129, the sixth-largest in stadium history and the biggest opening day crowd in school history. More than 10,000 fans watched the Rebels win game two on Saturday, and the three-game series attendance totaled 26,910 (8,970 average). That mark set an opening series record and also ranks sixth for three-game series attendance at Ole Miss.

LOUISVILLE ON DECK
Ole Miss will close out its eight-game homestand with a weekend series versus No. 2 Louisville, Feb. 26-28. The three-game set begins Friday at 4 p.m., and the final two games of the series will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be broadcast on SECN+.


 

 

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