March 7, 2016
Matchup: No. 13 Ole Miss (10-1) vs. Southeast Missouri (6-5)
Date: March 8-9, 2016
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Swayze Field
Television: SEC Network+
Richard Cross, 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 14-2
Last Game: May 17, 2011
Ole Miss won 10-6
Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Ole Miss Faculty and Staff Night
Kids Night! Kids 12 and under get in FREE
$1 Hot Dog Night
Wednesday, March 9, 4 p.m.
Kids Night! Kids 12 and under get in FREE
$1 Hot Dog Night
The Last Meeting
May 17, 2011
- Ole Miss is 10-1 for the fourth time in the past six seasons.
- The Rebels are riding a five-game winning streak.
- Sweeping the 2016 Chanticleer Classic, Ole Miss won three games in a regular season tournament for the first time in school history.
- The Rebels won their first three games of the season away from Swayze Field for the third time in the last four seasons.
- At the Chanticleer Classic, Ole Miss outscored opponents 22-6.
- Ole Miss begins a stretch of five home games in six days.
- The Rebels are the consensus No. 13 team in the national polls.
- Through the first three weekends of the season, the Ole Miss bullpen holds a combined ERA of 1.58.
- Rebel relievers did not allow a run in 10.0 innings of work over the weekend.
- Ole Miss ranks second in the nation in average home attendance, drawing 8,594 fans per game.
- Ole Miss is 6-0 when scoring in the first inning, outscoring the opposition 19-5.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
TUESDAY, 6:30 P.M.
Southeast Missouri - Jacob Lawrence, Sr., RHP, 0-0, 4.05 ERA, 6.2 IP
Ole Miss - James McArthur, Fr., RHP, 0-0, 11.37 ERA, 6.1 IP
- Has started both midweek games for Ole Miss
- Made his Rebel debut 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
- Joins Cameron Dishon as the only two Rebels from the state of Texas
WEDNESDAY, 4 P.M.
Southeast Missouri - TBA
Ole Miss - Andrew Lowe, Fr., RHP, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 1.1 IP
- Has made two appearances out of the bullpen in his debut season as a Rebel
- Tossed a scoreless inning against Cincinnati
- Earned all-state honors as a senior at Airline High School
- Named to Prep Baseball Report’s all-state team as the 17th-best player in Louisiana
Southeast Missouri enters the midweek having won six of its past eight games to improve its record to 6-5 this season. The Redhawks took two-of-three from Central Arkansas over the weekend, limiting the Bears to just three runs throughout the series. At the plate, Dan Holst and Daniel Costello are hitting .425 and .412, respectively, to lead the offense. Branden Boggetto also boats a .378 average and has scored a team-high 12 runs. On the mound, Southeast Missouri will hand the ball to right-hander Jacob Lawrence. The senior has appeared in three games this season, including one start, and holds a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings of work. The Redhawks are coached by Scott Bieser, who is in his fourth season and has led the program to 105 wins during his tenure.
SWEEPING THE CHANTICLEER CLASSIC
Sweeping the 2016 Chanticleer Classic, Ole Miss won three games in a regular season tournament for the first time in school history. Ole Miss began the weekend with a 7-3 victory over Ball State. Switch hitter Henri Lartigue went 3-for-3 from the right side of the plate and reached base all four times he stepped up to the plate. On the mound, Brady Bramlett earned his third win in as many starts, and freshman Dallas Woolfolk pitched the remainder of the game to earn the rare three-inning save. On Saturday, the Rebels faced a ranked team for the third straight weekend. Tate Blackman doubled twice and recorded three RBI as No. 13 Ole Miss continued its business with an 8-2 victory over No. 18 Coastal Carolina, the host of the tournament. A key to the Rebels’ success was getting the leadoff hitter on base. Seven times, the Ole Miss leadoff hitter reached base and in five of those innings, the leadoff Rebel came around to score. Ole Miss starter Chad Smith earned his first win as a Rebel, allowing just two runs over 5.0 innings. The Rebels wrapped up the Chanticleer Classic with a 7-1 win over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon. Thanks in part to a six-run second inning, the Rebels held an early 7-0 lead and never looked back, completing the tournament sweep. Redshirt-junior Sean Johnson turned in a phenomenal performance on the mound. In six innings of work, Johnson allowed just one hit and issued one walk, retiring the final 17 batters he faced.
EXCELLENT IN ALL PHASES
Ole Miss put together an all-around performance at the Chanticleer Classic. The Rebel bats ignited for 22 runs on 31 hits. On the mound, Ole Miss pitching gave up just six runs with only four of them being earned runs. The Rebels flashed the leather all weekend long as well, making just one error throughout the three games of the tournament. In the final game of the weekend, sophomore Kyle Watson made a diving catch in center field for a web gem that drew a standing ovation to the Springs Brooks Stadium crowd.
BRINGING THE RELIEF
The Ole Miss bullpen has been a reliable force throughout the start of the 2016 campaign. As a group, the staff boasts a 3-0 record to go along with five saves and a combined 1.58 ERA in relief appearances. Five Rebel relievers have a 0.00 ERA, including closer Wyatt Short, who ranks second in the SEC with three saves on the season. Freshman Andy Pagnozzi is 2-0 out of the bullpen with a 2.00 ERA, the only Ole Miss reliever earning more than one victory at this point. Over the weekend, the Rebel bullpen pitched 10.0 innings without surrendering an earned run. The excellent relief pitching helped Ole Miss sweep the Chanticleer Classic.
A FAMILIAR RECORD
For the fourth time in the past six seasons, Ole Miss holds a 10-1 record. The Rebels were also 10-1 in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Each of those years progressed to better endings to the season. Ole Miss missed the postseason in 2011, but made back-to-back regionals the next two years. In 2014, the Rebels took their hot start and produced 48 wins, a SEC Western Division title and an appearance at the College World Series.
The first games away from home are always tests for teams. However, over recent history, Ole Miss has passed those tests. In three of the past four seasons, the Rebels have won their first three road games of each season. Ole Miss kicked off the 2013 campaign on the road and swept No. 12 TCU. The Road to Omaha in 2014 began with the Rebels sweeping Stetson. Then, over the weekend, Ole Miss went down to the Chanticleer Classic for its first games away from Swayze Field in 2016. Facing Ball State, No. 18 Coastal Carolina and Cincinnati, the Rebels won all three games to continue taking care of business on the road.
OLE MISS IN THE POLLS
Heading into the season, Ole Miss was only ranked in one top-25 poll. However, starting the season 10-1 and going 3-1 against ranked teams thus far, the Rebels are now ranked No. 13 in all of the major national polls. Baseball America ranked Ole Miss 13th last week and kept the team in the same spot this week. Meanwhile, making its first poll since the preseason, the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 coaches’ poll moved the Rebels into their latest rankings at No. 13. D1Baseball, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball all placed Ole Miss in the same position for their respective rankings.
Ole Miss wastes no time striking first, outscoring the opposition 19-5 in the first inning. The Rebels have scored in the opening frame six times this season, winning each one of those ballgames. The Rebels tallied 13 runs in the first inning on opening weekend, including nine in the series finale. The fast start gave the Rebels momentum in each game, helping lead to the series sweep of FIU. In the series opener versus No. 2 Louisville, junior J.B. Woodman belted a two-run homer to right field in the first, giving Ole Miss the early lead that it kept throughout the contest to hand the top-ranked Cardinals their first loss of the season. Facing another ranked team in No. 18 Coastal Carolina, the Rebels tallied three runs in the first inning to cruise to an 8-2 win on the road.
A major factor to the Rebels’ 10-1 start can be credited to clutch hitting. With a runner on third and less than two outs, Ole Miss has knocked the runner in 33 out of 42 chances (.786). The Rebels are hitting at a .360 clip with runners in scoring position and .400 (8-for-20) with the bases loaded. Tate Blackman and J.B. Woodman lead the Ole Miss bats in clutch situations. Blackman is 7-for-13 (.538) with runners in scoring position, while Woodman is hitting a team-high .636 (7-for-11) in that category.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Swayze Field provides the best atmosphere and some of the biggest crowds across the country for college baseball games. Rebel Nation has taken advantage of the nice weather to come out to the ballpark in full force to see Ole Miss Baseball open the 2016 season. The Rebels have averaged 8,594 fans per game, including three contests with the attendance over 10,000, to rank second nationally. In total, 68,755 fans have watched Ole Miss Baseball at Swayze Field this season. The third-largest combined attendance for a three-game home series (28,659) watched the Rebels take two-of-three from No. 2 Louisville. On Saturday, the fourth-largest crowd in Swayze Field history (10,561) saw the Rebels battle the Cardinals. 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 against FIU, and the three-game series attendance totaled 26,910 (8,970 average). That mark set an opening series record and also ranks seventh for three-game series attendance at Ole Miss.
The Rebels will remain at home for the final non-conference weekend series before SEC play. Ole Miss welcomes Grambling State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) to Swayze Field, March 11-13. The Rebels and Tigers will kick off the series Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The final two games of the series have scheduled first pitch times of 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. As always, fans can catch all of the action on SECN+ or the airwaves of the Ole Miss IMG Sports Network.