#12 Ole Miss (16-2, 0-0 SEC) at #1 South Carolina (16-0, 0-0 SEC)
Date: March 14-16, 2014 Location: Columbia, S.C. Venue: Carolina Stadium Capacity: 8,242 Surface: Grass Series: USC leads 30-21 Last Meeting: Rebels won series 2-1 in 2011 Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network Television: None Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Live Video: www.WatchRebelVision.com www.ESPN3.com 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 open SEC play at South Carolina this weekend, marking the second straight season to open on the road. • Ole Miss is coming off a pair of midweek wins on the road at Southeastern Louisiana, starting a five-game road trip. • The Rebel offense is second in the SEC, hitting at a .323 clip and is seventh in scoring with 110 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 23, 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. • Freshman IF Brantley Bell has gone 11-for-21 (.524) over the last six games, including five starts in the infield. • The Rebels are sixth in the league with a 1.93 ERA and one of six teams with a sub 2.00 ERA this season.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 6:00 PM USC - Jordan Montgomery, Jr., LHP OLE MISS - Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP NOTING ELLIS: • Ellis has settled in as the anchor for the Rebels’ weekend, making his ffith start of the 2014 season. • The RHP has three quality starts on the year, including two shutouts and a complete-game vs. GSU. • Ellis has not allowed an earned run through four starts and only one run has scored in 27.2 innings. • The junior has 10 walks and 20 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .138 batting average. • Ellis is one of only two starting pitchers in the SEC (RHP Aaron Nola, LSU) to not allow an earned run.
SATURDAY 3:00 PM USC - Jack Wynkoop, So., LHP OLE MISS - Christian Trent, So., LHP NOTING TRENT: • Trent makes his fifth Saturday start of the season when he takes the mound vs. USC this weekend. • The LHP has allowed only one walk through 25.0 innings of work and four starts in the 2014 season. • Trent is 2-0 on the season with wins against Stetson and Georgia State in his four starts. • The sophomore holds a .202 batting average against and his 25 strikeouts is fifth in the SEC.
SUNDAY, 12:30 PM USC - Wil Crowe, Fr., RHP OLE MISS - Sam Smith, Jr., RHP NOTING SMITH: • Smith continues to anchor the final spot in the weekend rotation for the Rebels in his junior season. • The right-hander has allowed four runs in four starts while working 22.1 innings in those outings. • Smith has only taken one loss in his last 20 starts for the Rebels across the last two seasons. • The RHP has quality starts in his last two outings against UCF and UALR, earning the win in both.
A LOOK AT SOUTH CAROLINA The Gamecocks of South Carolina enter the weekend ranked No. 1 in the nation and hold a 16-0 record. South Carolina is coming off a midweek win shutout of Furman and weekend series sweep of Brown. • The Gamecocks have posted eight shutout victories this season, including four straight shutouts. • South Carolina hits at a .316 clip with 12 home runs and 109 RBI through 16 games this season. • Connor Bright leads the offense with a .434 average, while Grayson Greiner leads with 19 RBI. • USC pitchers hold a 1.19 ERA with 34 walks and 144 strikeouts through 144.0 innings of work. • LHP Jordan Montgomery holds a 1.99 ERA with a 3-0 record, eight walks and 25 strikeouts to date.
REBELS vs. SOUTH CAROLINA The Rebels and South Carolina have faced each other 51 times in the history of the two schools with the Gamecocks holding a 31-20 lead in the all-time series. • The two teams first met in the 1994 season with the Rebels winning the series 2-1 in Oxford. • Ole Miss and USC have not played since 2011 when the Rebels won the series 2-1 in Oxford. • The Rebels are 15-17 against the Gamecocks all-time in the Mike Bianco era. • Ole Miss has one the series in Columbia one time, claiming a 2-1 series win in the 1995 season.
THROUGH 18 GAMES IN 2013 Through 18 games a year ago, the Rebels had posted a 17-1 record and were coming off a game one win over ULM in a midweek series. Ole Miss was hitting at a .308 clip with six home runs and 111 RBI, while going 22-of-35 in steal attempts. The Rebel pitching staff was holding to a 2.17 ERA and a .229 opponent’s batting average. Pitchers had allowed 58 walks with 145 strikeouts in 162.0 innings.
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. Bousfield leads with 10 multiple-hit games, while Allen has posted nine multiple-hit games on the year. Allen has tallied five multiple-RBI games and Bousfield has added three multiple-RBI 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 17 consecutive games reaching base, while Errol Robinson is behind him with a streak of 16 games. Auston Bousfield (13), Will Jamison (11) are also Rebels who have a streak of reaching base in the double digits.
REBELS BEST WHEN SCORING EARLY Ole Miss has been best when scoring early this season, posting a 11-0 record when scoring first and a 6-1 mark when scoring in the first inning. The Rebels have also been proficient at the plate while starting pitching holds opponents down. Ole Miss is outscoring opponents 32-to-11 through the first three innings.
SECOND TIME THROUGH THE LINEUP EVEN DEADLIER Ole Miss has been even more efficient the second time through the lineup this season. In the middle innings of games, the Rebels have outscored opponents at a rate of 42-to-16 that includes explosions of 19 runs in the fifth inning and 13 runs in the sixth inning through 18 games this season.
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