Baseball Hosts Austin Peay in First of Two Midweek Games

TUESDAY - 6:30 p.m.
Ole Miss: RHP Houston Roth 
1-0, 4.50 ERA, 12.0 IP
Austin Peay: RHP Kyle Wilson
0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.1 IP

Date: March 6, 2018
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Venue: Swayze Field (10,715)
Dimensions: LF-330, CF-390, RF-330
TV: SEC Network +
     Seth Austin, Play-by-Play
     David Dellucci, Analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     Richard Cross, Play-by-Play
     Keith Kessinger, Analyst
Series: 17-2, Ole Miss
Last Meeting: March 2, 2011

No. 8 Ole Miss returns home for its first two-game midweek of the season after a successful road trip to Long Beach State that saw the Rebels take two of three against the defending Big West Champion and 2017 NCAA Regional host Dirtbags.
Ole Miss and Austin Peay will meet for the 20th time. The Rebels won the most recent meeting, sweeping a two-game midweek series in 2011.
The Rebels' 8-0 start marked the fifth time in Ole Miss history and the third time under head coach Mike Bianco.
Through 11 games, the Rebels have outscored their opponents 72-33 with a .296 team batting average and a 2.30 ERA.
  Ole Miss' weekend rotation of Ryan Rolison, Brady Feigl, and James McArthur each boast an opponent batting average below .215. They've allowed just eight earned runs, 38 hits, and a 57-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 51.1 combined innings of work.
  Closer Dallas Woolfolk highlights a Rebel bullpen that rivals any in the country. Woolfolk leads the SEC and is tied for the NCAA lead with five saves so far this season. He is yet to allow a run.
Junior Ryan Olenek smacked three doubles in Game 2 against Long Beach State and is among the top 50 players in the nation with five doubles on the year.
Sophomore Grae Kessinger continues his hot start at the plate with a .395 clip and five extra base hits on the year. His .480 OBP is the best on the team, as are his 17 total hits and 8 RBI.
Ole Miss is up to as high as No. 8 (Perfect Game) in this week's national rankings, and is top 12 in four of the rankings that have been relesed so far this week. The Rebels checked in at No. 13 in the season's first RPI rankings.
The Ole Miss offense had a day in Sunday's Game 3 against Long Beach State. Nine different Rebels had a base hit in the 12-1 win, while 10 Ole Miss players reached home plate. Eight different Rebels drew a walk in the game, while seven had an RBI.
The deep and talented Ole Miss pitching staff boasts one of the nation's best ERAs. At just 2.30 earned runs per game, the Rebels rank 18th in NCAA Division I and third in the Southeastern Conference.

• The Governors are coming off just their third defeat of the young 2018 season at 8-3 overall.
• Four of Austin Peay's everyday starters are batting over .300, led by Andrew Flaherty at .389.
• The Govs have cracked a total fo 10 home runs on the season, led by Nick Walker's three.
• Garrett Kueber leads Austin Peay with 13 RBI on the season.
• The Govs' projected starter, Kyle Wilson, will be making his first start of the 2018 season.
• Wilson has allowed five earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work this season.
• Austin Peay gave up double-figure runs in all three of its losses this season, including a 19-6 defeat at
the Rebels' SEC rival Vanderbilt.
• The Governors are coming off a 2-1 series win against Indiana State, though they fell 11-5 in Game 3.

Ole Miss is nearly perfect at 17-2 all-time against Austin Peay, and the Rebels are a perfect 10-0 against the Governors under head coach Mike Bianco. The Rebels last met the Governors during a two-game midweek series in 2011, which Ole Miss swept by a combined score of 16-7. The series dates back to 1993, when Ole Miss topped Austin Peay 2-0 in the third game of its season.

• Held Murray State scoreless an allowed just one hit after the first inning of Tuesday's walk-off victory.
• Went 4.0 IP with six Ks in his first collegiate start against Memphis
• Allowed two runs off three hits in the start earning his first win of 2018
• 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 six earned runs all season


Austin Peay and Ole Miss share several players hailing from the same hometown. The Rebels' Connor Green and Austin Peay's Parker Phillips are both from Collierville, Tennessee. Ole Miss ace Ryan Rolison and Austin Peay infield Malcolm Tipler both call Jackson, Tennessee, home. Austin Peay senior John Sparks hails from Bartlett, Tennessee, the same hometown as former Rebel hurler Brady Bramlett. Austin Peay has one native Mississippian on the roster--LHP Jacques Pucheu of Gulfport and a product of East Mississippi CC. The Rebel roster features four Tennessee natives: Rolison, Green, Jordan Fowler (Union City, Tenn.) and Michael Fitzsimmons (Eads, Tenn.).

Redshirt junior closer Dallas Woolfolk continued his dominant start to the 2018 season, picking up his fifth save to preserve a Game 2 win on the road against Long Beach State. It was his first appearance of more than an inning this season. The Southaven native still hasn't allowed a run this season and has given up just four hits in 5.2 innings of work, striking out seven along the way. Woolfolk leads the SEC with his five saves and is tied for the NCAA lead in that category with just five other pitchers from across Division I.

The Ole Miss offense had a day in Sunday's Game 3 against Long Beach State. Nine different Rebels had a base hit in the 12-1 win, while 10 Ole Miss players reached home plate. Eight different Rebels drew a walk in the game, while seven had an RBI.

Junior Ryan Olenek smacked three doubles in five at-bats in Game 2 against Long Beach State, displaying his trademarked shimmy while standing safely at the top of the diamond. Olenek is No. 48 in the NCAA and No. 7 in the SEC with five doubles on the season. Behind Olenek, Ole Miss is ranked 30th in the nation with 25 two-baggers on the year.

The @OMBSBAnalytics crew couldn't set up their Trackman equipment at Long Beach State, but there's no doubt it would've registered some incredible numbers on Chase Cockrell's blast in Game 3. The Rebel junior absolutely destroyed a home run against the Dirtbags, clearing the entire stadium. It was the Rebels' first pinch-hit home run since DJ Miller's blast on May 5, 2017 at No. 5 Florida.

The deep and talented Ole Miss pitching staff boasts one of the nation's best ERAs. At just 2.30 earned runs per game, the Rebels rank 18th in NCAA Division I and third in the Southeastern Conference.

Junior James McArthur has established himself as one of the best Sunday starters in college baseball, maintaining an ERA of just 0.59 through three starts. That's good for No. 54 in the nation and No. 4 in the SEC. The New Braunfels, Texas, native picked up his first win, throwing five scoreless innings to shut down Long Beach State in Game 3.

Three starts, three wins for Brady Feigl. The redshirt junior out of Chesterfield, Missouri, has been as successful as any pitcher in the country, winning each of his first three starts, one of nine players to do so in the SEC and one of 43 in NCAA Division I to accomplish the feat to open the season. Feigl picked up his third win with the deepest start of his Rebel career, going 7.1 innings before giving way to closer Dallas Woolfolk. Feigl's performance in Game 2 at Long Beach State featured five innings in which he retired the Dirtbags three up, three down.

The Rebels flew all the way across the country for their toughest test yet at 2017 NCAA Regional host and defending Big West Champion Long Beach State, and they came out with their third series win of the year.

It was hard enough even getting out to Long Beach. After bussing to Memphis and flying to Atlanta, Ole Miss was delayed sitting on the tarmac for more than two hours at the ATL airport. A four-and-a-half-hour flight followed making for a day of travel approaching 16 hours.

Then Game 1 was rained out on Friday as part of an uncharacteristically cold and rainy weekend in Southern California. When Ole Miss final got going, it was out of sorts, falling victim to the Dirtbags' aggressive baserunning and scrappy small-ball style of play, falling 4-3. The Rebels were challenged vehementley yet again in Game 2, but behind outstanding pitching performances from Brady Feigl and Dallas Woolfolk, they flipped the script in a 4-3 victory.

In Game 3, the Rebel bats finally came alive, exploding for 12 runs on 14 hits in an overwhelming 12-1 victory to improve to 10-1 on the year and secure a third consecutive series victory to start the 2018 campaign.

Murray State stunned Ole Miss early, but the Rebels spoke the final word on Tuesday night.

The Racers jumped out to a four-run lead thanks to a first-inning home run at Swayze Field. From there, starter Houston Roth settled in and kept the Racers off the board for the next four innings.

Ole Miss plated one run in the fourth before exploding for four runs in the fifth to take the lead. Sophomore Thomas Dillard ripped one down the right field line to clear the loaded bases and tie the game at four. Chase Cockrell then sent Dillard home on a single to right to give the Rebels the lead.

Murray State tied it up in the seventh and reclaimed the lead in the eighth. A Ryan Olenek single scored Grae Kessinger in the bottom half of the eighth, setting up for a thrilling finale. Dillard singled to start the inning before the Racers loaded the bases on a pair of walks. Coach Mike Bianco sent Anthony Servideo on to pinch hit, but the freshman didn't have to swing the bat, as a wild pitch allowed Dillard to score the game-winning run, 7-6, and push Ole Miss to 8-0 for the fifth time in school history.

The Rebels kept their perfect season alive with a 3-0, weather-affected weekend against Tulane. The two sides got to the fifth in Friday's opener before rain set in and pushed the resumption of that game to Saturday, forcing a doubleheader. The Rebels outscored the Green Wave 20-8, and used a bevy of strong performances to do so.

Starter Ryan Rolison picked up where he left off from a week ago with a nine strikeout performance as the bullpen held off a late 3-run rally in the eighth to seal a 5-4 victory. In game two, Brady Feigl was solid with six Ks in six innings, as Grae Kessinger and Ryan Olenek led the way from the top of the order with a combined four RBI. In Sunday's finale that was also played under overcast skies and chilly temperatures, James McArthur was once again efficient with just one earned run allowed off 5.1 IP, but freshman Jordan Fowler was again the beneficiary earning his second victory in relief. At the plate Thomas Dillard and Cooper Johnson both went yard, while Will Golsan drove in a pair in a big at-bat to start a rally in the sixth.

Behind big outings from Nick Fortes and Grae Kessinger, the Rebels survived a ninth inning scare to take down Memphis, 8-6, in their first midweek of the season. The duo combined for seven of the team's 13 hits, highlighted by Fortes' two home runs and six RBI. Kessinger had a career high four-hit performance.

Houston Roth garnered his first career start on the mound and earned the victory, while Austin Miller, Greer Holston, Will Stokes and Dallas Woolfolk finished it out to hold of the Tigers' three runs over the final two frames.

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.

The Rebels were as advertised in opening weekend, sweeping Winthrop behind the arms of a strong pitching staff, and scattered production at the plate from old and new faces alike. At the plate, Ole Miss tallied 17 runs on 30 hits as nine different Rebels had multiple hits on the weekend. Eight of the 30 were extra-base knocks, all of which came from eight different players.

On the mound, the Rebels were charged with only one earned run allowing only 16 hits and five total runs. Starters Ryan Rolison, Brady Feigl and James McArthur combined for no earned runs allowed and 25 strikeouts, allowing only 11 hits in the three combined starts. The bullpen was effective as well, combining for 14 Ks in 11 innings with only five hits surrendered.

Ole Miss will play at least nine games on national television in 2018. The Rebels will play on SEC Network five times, and three times on ESPNU, with one other game featured on SEC Network's Bases Loaded Coverage. Five games away from Swayze Field will be on national TV, and the Rebels' premier facility will be featured a trio of times to a national audience. In addition, all other home games will be available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app as part of the SEC Network + digital steaming platform.

Ole Miss is up to as high as No. 8 (Perfect Game) in the national polls. The Rebels' strong showing on the West Coast saw them vault 10 positions from No. 19 to No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN poll. The Rebels have held strong at No. 9 in the D1Baseball poll, while also coming in at No. 12 in the Baseball America poll for the second straight week. In the first RPI release of the season, Ole Miss checked in at No. 13.






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