|TUESDAY - 5 p.m. CT
||WEDNESDAY - 2 p.m.
Ole Miss: RHP Houston Roth
1-0, 4.50 ERA, 12.0 IP
GSU: RHP Bryan White
0-1, 3.96 ERA, 11.1 IP
Ole Miss: LHP Jordan Fowler
2-0, 1.08 ERA, 8.1 IP
Dates: March 13-14, 2018
First Pitch: Tue: 5 p.m. CT | Wed: 2 p.m. CT
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Venue: GSU Baseball Complex (1,092)
Dimensions: LF-334; CF-385; RF-338
TV: Panther Vision
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, Play-by-Play
Keith Kessinger, Analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
Last Meeting: Mar. 7-8, 2017
Tuesday 5 p.m. CT
RHP Houston Roth (Ole Miss) | 1-0, 5.40 ERA, 16.2 IP
RHP Bryan White (Georgia State) | 0-1, 3.96 ERA, 11.1 IP
Put together four strong innings Tuesday against Austin Peay before giving way to Will Stokes in the fifth
Held Murray State scoreless and 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 2017 season
Wednesday 2 p.m. CT
LHP Jordan Fowler (Ole Miss) | 2-0, 1.08 ERA, 8.1 IP
TBA (Georgia State)
Had fantastic first-career start vs. Little Rock: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Two wins this season in relief of Sunday starter James McArthur
Has allowed just two hits and one run with 4 Ks in 3.1 IP this season
Opponent batting average of .154 is 3rd-lowest on the team
Drafted in 26th round of 2017 MLB Draft by Texas Rangers
Was 20-2 in high school career, tossing two no-hitters
Ole Miss faces its toughest midweek test yet as it travels to Atlanta to take on Georgia State, which is receiving votes in several national polls.
The Rebels split a two-game series with the Panthers in Oxford a year ago. Ole Miss claimed Game 1 behind a gem by Ryan Rolison in his first career start and a solo home run by Kyle Watson. GSU won Game 2, 2-0, in extra innings.
The 2018 Rebels are off to one of the best starts in school history at 15-1 coming into the week. Only two teams have ever done better to open the season: 2013 (19-1) and 2004 (18-1).
Ole Miss has won seven straight since its first loss of the season in Game 1 at Long Beach State, outscoring opponents 55-15.
Through 13 games, the Rebels have outscored their opponents 111-44 with a .300 team batting average and a 2.27 ERA.
The Ole Miss pitching staff brings the nation's No. 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.15) to Atlanta, having struck out 162 and walked just 39 through 16 games this season.
Closer Dallas Woolfolk highlights a Rebel bullpen that rivals any in the country. Woolfolk is tied for the SEC lead and top-five in the NCAA with five saves so far this season. He is yet to allow a run.
Junior Chase Cockrell has had the hottest bat on the team of late. His slash line is a team-best .516/.935/.543, and he's coming off a two-home-run outing in Game 3 against Eastern Illinois.
Sophomore Thomas Dillard has become a feared power hitter early this season, taking just 14 games to match his HR total from all of last season thanks to a two-homer game against Austin Peay. He drew five walks, including one intentional, this past weekend against Eastern Illinois.
Senior captain Will Golsan hasn't had the batting average mark he'd like early in the season, but he's finding ways to contribute. In addition to great defensive play in CF, Golsan is No. 2 in the NCAA, T1st in the SEC with four sacrifice flies on the year.
Ole Miss is up to as high as No. 6 (Perfect Game) in this week's national rankings, and is top 10 in five of the major rankings, including No. 8 according to D1Baseball.com and USA Today/ESPN, as well as 10th in the RPI.
SCOUTING GEORGIA STATE
Georgia State will present the toughest midweek test the Rebels have seen thus far, coming in just outside of the Top 25, receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN and NCBWA polls at 11-4.
The Panthers have won seven of their last eight, including a three-game sweep of Samford this past weekend.
GSU boasts a strong defensive middle infield, which has turned 20 double plays this season, good for No. 4 in the NCAA.
Junior catcher Nick Gatewood is a Johnny Bench Award watch-lister with three home runs, 9 RBI and a .321 batting average so far this season. He has gunned down seven of the 10
runners who have attempted a steal on him this year.
Senior first baseman Jack Thompson has been one of GSU's most effective bats this season, hitting .381, including a 12- for-24 mark over the last seven games.
Senior Jansen Acton has been the Panthers' top arm out of the bullpen: 0-1, 2.25 ERA, 6 APP, 3 SV, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 K, 1 BB
Ole Miss holds a 3-2 series lead all-time against Georgia State. The Rebels took the first two meetings to win a three-game series in Oxford in 2014. The Rebels and Panthers split a pair of contests in Oxford last season. Ole Miss won Game 1, 1-0, as Ryan Rolison made his first career start. The Rebels' lone run came on a Kyle Watson homer to seal the victory. The Panthers took Game 2 in extra innings, 2-0.
REBS ARE RUNNIN'
The 2018 Rebels are off to one of the best starts in school history at 15-1 coming into the week. Only two teams have ever done better to open the season: 2013 (19-1) and 2004 (18-1).
Without a doubt, Ole Miss has established itself as one of the very best pitching staffs in college baseball. Pitching coach Carl Lafferty's staff enters the week at No. 1 in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 4.15. The Rebel pitching staff is the only one in NCAA Division I with a ratio greater than 4.0.
Collectively, Ole Miss has struck out 162 batters while walking just 39. The Rebs come in at eighth in the country and third in the SEC in walks per nine innings at 2.45. The Ole Miss hurlers are 10th in the nation in team ERA at 2.27. That mark is good for fourth in the conference.
Thomas Dillard is hitting the cover off the baseball of late. During Friday's doubleheader against Eastern Illinois, the sophomore out of Oxford High went 2-for-3, drew five walks--one intentional--scored four runs and hit the hardest ball at Swayze Field this season: a blast that exited his bat at 111.7 mph and easily cleared the fence in the deepest part of the ballpark just to the right of the batter's eye in dead center at an estimated 435 feet, per @OMBSBAnalytics.
It took Dillard, who was a regular starter in 2017 as well, just 14 games to match his home run total from last season at four. But No. 6 isn't just a power hitter. Dillard is among the top 50 players in the nation in runs scored and is seventh in the SEC in that category, leading Ole Miss with 18. That comes much thanks to his team-high eight stolen bases, good for second in the conference and 33rd in the nation coming out of the Eastern Illinois series.
After a tremendous week, Dillard is looking every bit like the elite bat the Rebels need in the clean-up slot. His slash line is impressive: .340/.660/.478, and he boasts four homers, five doubles, 12 RBI and 12 BB through 16 games.
COCKRELLED AND LOADED
Chase Cockrell's mammoth blast that cleared the entire facility at Long Beach State was just the beginning. The junior out of Bastrop, Louisiana, put together an outstanding week--four games, 8-for-11 (.727 AVG), four runs, two home runs, two doubles, 16 total bases (1.454 SLG) , 4 RBI, one walk, one hit-by-pitch and one sacrifice fly (.714 OBP)--including two 3-for-3 games and a multi-homer performance in Game 3 Sunday against Eastern Illinois.
Cockrell is staking his claim to the Rebels' DH slot. He's played in 11 of the Rebels' 16 games, starting nine. He leads Ole Miss in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage with a ludicrous slash line of .516/.935/.543.
ALL HE DOES IS WIN
Four starts, four 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 four starts. He's one of six players to do so in the SEC and one of 18 in NCAA Division I to accomplish the feat to open the season.
Feigl is looking every bit like the workhorse the Rebels need him to be through four starts. He put together the two longest starts of his Rebel career back-to-back, beginning with a gutsy 7.1-inning performance featuring five 3-up, 3-down innings on the road in Game 2 at Long Beach State.
The goggle-wearing Rebel hurler turned around and mowed down Eastern Illinois in Game 2 of a Friday doubleheader, going seven innings, allowing no runs on eight hits while striking out seven and walking zero before giving way to Will Ethridge, who carried on the shutout in a 4-0 win.
Feigl came out of the weekend among the top players in the nation at hitting the strike zone. He's 18th nationally and third in the SEC in K-to-BB ratio at 12.5. He's also 21st in the country and third in the league in walks-per-nine.
GO GO GODZILLA
When Blue Oyster Cult's Godzilla comes on the loudspeakers at Swayze Field, it's on. Will Ethridge has been dominant out of the bullpen of late. In his last four appearances, the 6-foot-5 sophomore out of Lilburn, Georgia, has gone 6.2 IP, allowing zero runs on just one hit and two walks, striking out six. Along the way, he has earned a pair of two-out saves--and he's the only player on the Rebel roster not named Dallas Woolfolk with a save this season.
WOOLFOLK LEADING THE PACK
Redshirt junior closer Dallas Woolfolk didn't have an opportunity for a save this week as he held steady with five saves, still good for first in the SEC and sixth in the NCAA. However, Coach Bianco still fed the wolf to close the weekend. With Ole Miss leading Eastern Illinois by four runs in Game 3, Woolfolk came in and chewed up the Panthers, allowing just one baserunner on one hit before sealing the victory.
The Southaven native still hasn't allowed a run this season and has given up just five hits in 6.2 innings of work, striking out seven along the way.
MAN OF THE PEOPLE
Senior Will Golsan was elected captain by his teammates, and how he's paying it forward.
The Rebel center fielder is No. 2 in the nation and is tied for first in the SEC with four sacrifice flies on the season. As a result, he boasts a team-best 14 RBI. Golsan tallied three sacrifice flies this week. Against Little Rock, he drove home Kessinger. He then scored Olenek on a fly ball in Game 1 against Eastern Illinois before knocking home Dillard in Game 3. As a result, Ole Miss is eighth in the NCAA in sacrifice flies with 11. The Rebels trail only LSU (13) among SEC teams.
Ole Miss scored 10-plus runs in three straight games from to Mar. 4-7--a first for the program since doing so six straight times from Feb. 24-Mar. 7, 2009. Those Rebels went on to win the regular-season SEC Championship that year. Coincidentally, the Rebel pitching staff that year was also led by a sophomore left-hander out of Tennessee: Drew Pomeranz.
YOU GET A HIT, AND YOU GET A HIT...
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.
REBEL SWEEP EASTERN ILLINOIS
The Legion of Broom rides again. Ole Miss picked up its third sweep of the season, outscoring Eastern Illinois 18-5 in the process.
The Rebels and Panthers played a doubleheader Friday, and the Rebels opened things up with a 7-2 win behind a great outing from Ryan Rolison and home runs off the bats of Jacob Adams and Thomas Dillard. Ole Miss then leaned on a scoreless seven innings by Brady Feigl in the nightcap. Finally, the Rebel bats awoke once more in Game 3 as a two-home-run game by Chase Cockrell, and more outstanding pitching by the Rebel bullpen sealed a 7-3 win.
REBELS RUN AWAY LATE VS. TROJANS
The Little Rock Trojans were giving the Rebels all they could handle Wednesday night at Swayze Field, but right when the visitors made their first critical mistake, home team made them pay. Little Rock had a tailor-made double-play ball that would've sent the game to the eighth at a 2-2 tie, but an errant throw kept the inning alive. Ole Miss responded with a four-run seventh and a four-run eighth to bury the Trojans in a 10-2 blowout.
Freshman pitcher Jordan Fowler made a brilliant debut, allowing zero runs and just four hits, striking out seven in 5.0 innings of work. Redshirt-sophomore Parker Caracci recorded his second career win as he kept his perfect 0.00 ERA intact.
REBEL BATS BURY GOVS
Ole Miss entered the eighth inning in a tight battle with Austin Peay on Tuesday night, but by the end of that inning, the Rebels had the game. Ole Miss exploded for six runs in the eighth inning, including the first career home run for freshman Tyler Keenan. It was one of three home runs hit by the No. 8 Rebels on the day, including two off the bat of sophomore Thomas Dillard, one of which cleared the entire student section in right field. That blast was so well-hit, that the Austin Peay right fielder didn't even turn around to watch it soar over the fence.
Rebel starter Houston Roth turned in a strong performance through 4.2 innings, until the offensive-minded Governors found their timing with five consecutive base hits. Will Stokes came on in relief, allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings, as well as zero runs. Will Ethridge came on to preserve a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning and ended up with a perfect two-inning save, retiring six straight batters to become the first Rebel not named Dallas Woolfolk to earn a save this season.
OLE MISS GRABS 3RD SERIES WIN IN LONG BEACH
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 vehemently 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.
WALK IT OFF: REBS TOP RACERS IN 9TH
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.
DIAMOND REBS SWEEP TULANE
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.
OLE MISS OUTLASTS MEMPHIS IN FIRST MIDWEEK
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.
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.
REBELS SWEEP WINTHROP TO OPEN 2018
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.