#12 Ole Miss (14-2) at Southeastern Louisiana (9-5)
Date: March 11-12, 2014 Location: Hammond, La. Venue: Alumni Field Capacity: 2,500 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 15-6 Last Meeting: Ole Miss won 2-0, 6-2 in 2013 Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network Television: None Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Live Video: None Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
QUICK HITS Ole Miss enters the week having risen to as high as 12 in the national rankings and is ranked in all five polls. The Rebels take to the road for the first time since the opening weekend with a five game road trip. Ole Miss will open Southeastern Conference play this weekend, facing No. 1 South Carolina in a three-game series. The Rebel offense is second in the SEC, hitting at a .322 clip and is sixth in scoring with 100 runs this season. Auston Bousfield is in the top 10 in the SEC in batting average, slugging percentage and hits this season. Will Allen sits second in the SEC in RBI this season with 21, trailing A.J. Reed of Kentucky who leads with 28 RBI. RHP Chris Ellis continues to be one of only two pitchers in the league to not allow an earned run yet this season. LHP Christian Trent has surrendered only one walk this season through 25.0 innings of work for the Rebels. The Rebels are sixth in the league with a 1.98 ERA and one of six teams with a sub 2.00 ERA this season.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS TUESDAY, 6:30 PM SLU - Sean Kennel, Sr., RHP OLE MISS - Jeremy Massie, Sr., LHP NOTING MASSIE: Massie made his first start of his career against ULM (2/26) in game two of a midweek series. The southpaw worked 5.0 no-hit innings against the Warhawks, but took no decision in the outing. Massie has made 22 appearances in his Rebel career, including 19 relief outings as a junior. Massie has allowed three runs on seven hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 10.1 IP.
WEDNESDAY, 4:00 PM SLU - TBA OLE MISS - TBA
A LOOK AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA The Lions of Southeastern Louisiana enter the midweek contests with an overall record of 9-5 and are coming off a series win over Sacred Heart at home in Hammond. The Lions enter the week hitting at a .282 clip with two home runs and 81 RBI through 14 games. Jameson Fisher leads the offense with a .442 average, 16 runs scored and is 6-6 on steals. Brett Hoffman is the top run producer with 17 RBI and is hitting at a .302 clip this season. The staff holds a 2.66 ERA and has posted 35 walks with 12 strikeouts in 125.0 innings of work. Sean Kennel holds a 1-1 record with a 3.21 ERA through three outings, including two starts.
REBELS vs. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA The Rebels and Lions have faced off 21 times in the history of the programs with the Rebels holding a 15-6 lead in the all-time series. Ole Miss and Southeastern Louisiana first met in 1959 with Ole Miss falling 1-0 in Hammond. The two teams met twice last season with Ole Miss grabbing a 2-0 and 6-2 win in a midweek series. Head coach Mike Bianco is 16-6 as a head coach against the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana. Ole Miss has won eight consecutive games against Southeastern Louisiana dating back to 2003.
THROUGH 16 GAMES IN 2013 Through 16 games a year ago, the Rebels had posted a 15-1 record and were coming off a game two win over Lipscomb in a weekend series. Ole Miss was hitting at a .295 clip with five home runs and 94 RBI, while going 21-of-33 in steal attempts. The Rebel pitching staff was holding to a 2.00 ERA and a .232 opponent's batting average. Pitchers had allowed 55 walks with 131 strikeouts in 144.0 innings.
ALLEN'S PRODUCTION UP Senior Will Allen has been solid in his offensive production this season. Through 16 games this season, the catcher has tallied three home runs and 21 RBI, almost matching his total offensive production from his junior season when he hit four home runs and tallied 24 RBI.
BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST Will Allen was one of 60 players nationally to find himself on the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award when the Greater Wichita Sports Commission released the initial watch list for 2014. Allen took over catching duties this season after 2013 Johnny Bench Award winner Stuart Turner was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the MLB Draft.
MULTIPLE-HIT, MULTIPLE-RBI GAMES Will Allen and Auston Bousfield have paced the Rebel offense through the early part of the season, leading the squad in both multiple-hit games and multiple-RBI games. Both players have posted nine multiple-hit games on the year. Allen has tallied four multiple-RBI games and Bousfield has added three multiple-RBI games.
HIT STREAKS ON THE LINE The Rebels have several players with active hit streaks of more than two games heading into the weekend with UALR, the longest held by junior Auston Bousfield with a nine-game hit streak. Will Jamison (5), Brantley Bell (4) and Austin Anderson have also hit safely in more than two consecutive games.
FINDING A WAY ON BASE The Rebels also have several players who keep finding a way to get on base, no matter the method. Austin Anderson leads the way with a streak of 15 consecutive games reaching base, while Errol Robinson is behind him with a streak of 14 games. Auston Bousfield (11), Will Jamison (10) are also Rebels who have a streak of reaching base in the double digits.
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.
Through four weeks of play, the Rebels have allowed 37 runs (two runs a game) in 150.0 innings of work. In that time, the Rebels have posted three shutouts and three games with only one run allowed.
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