Date: March 15-17, 2013 Times: 6:35 p.m./2:05 p.m./1:05 p.m. Location: Fayetteville, Ark. Venue: Baum Stadium Capacity: 10,737 Surface: Grass Series: Arkansas leads 38-32 In Fayetteville: Arkansas leads 17-14 Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (Except When Pre-Empted By SEC Basketball Tournament) Television: Cox Sports TV (Sunday Only) Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE MISS QUICK HITS Ole Miss moved into the top 10 of all five of the national polls following a 5-0 week and a sweep of Lipscomb this past weeked. The Rebels are ranked as high as No. 6 (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) and are ranked 8th in the remaining three polls (Perfect Game, USAToday, NCBWA). Ole Miss has won 11-straight after dropping the only game of the season against Memphis on February 26. Mike Bianco became the all-time wins leader at Ole Miss with Saturday's win over Lipscomb. He has 489 wins for his time at Ole Miss and passes Rebel legend Jake Gibbs to take over the top spot on the coaching list. Junior C Stuart Turner was named to the Bench Award watch list on Monday as one of the top catchers nationally. Ole Miss is coming off a series sweep of Lipscomb thanks to a five-run seventh inning rally on Sunday. The sweep gave the Rebels four straight sweeps to open a season for the first time since 2004. The 18-1 start ties the best start to a season in the Bianco era, matching an 18-1 start in 2004. Freshman RHP Brady Bramlett struck out a season-high nine batters on Wednesday in his win at ULM. Sophomore IF Jake Overbey hit a two-out, two-RBI double in the eighth inning to break open Wednesday's win.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 6:35 PM UA - Trey Killian, Fr. RHP Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP NOTING WAHL: Wahl makes his fifth start of the season on Friday night when he takes the mound at No. 11 Arkansas. He holds a 4-0 record on the season with a 1.99 ERA through 22.2 innings of work. Wahl has struck out a team-leading 22 batters and walked 12 while holding foes to a .213 batting average. The junior has one shutout this season, combining to blank then No. 12 TCU 1-0 in the season opener. Last time out, Wahl worked 6.0 scoreless inning with six strikeouts in the series opener against Lipscomb.
SATURDAY, 2:05 PM UA - Randall Fant, Sr., LHP Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP NOTING MAYERS: Mayers makes his fifth start of the season when he takes the mound against No. 11 Arkansas on Saturday. He holds a team-leading 1.52 ERA with a 2-0 record to go along with 20 strikeouts and only eight walks. Mayers is holding opponents to a .165 batting average and has worked a team-leading 23.2 innings. In two starts against Arkansas last season, Mayers posted shutout wins in both games. He has not allowed a run in the last 13.1 innings of work against the Razorbacks. He did not face Arkansas as a freshman in 2011.
SUNDAY, 1:05 PM (COX SPORTS TV) UA - Ryne Stanek, Jr., RHP Ole Miss - Sam Smith, Soph., RHP NOTING SMITH: Smith makes his fifth start of the season and fourth consecutive Sunday start at Arkansas. Turned in his best start at FIU with 6.0 IP and allowed one unearned run, no walks and five strikeouts. It will be Smith's second career start against Arkansas after starting the Sunday game in 2012 in Oxford. Smith holds a 2-0 record with 12 strikeouts and five walks this year while posting a 2.70 ERA.
REBELS vs. ARKANSAS Ole Miss and Arkansas have faced each other 70 times since the first meeting between the two teams in 1982. The Razorbacks currently lead the all-time series 38-32, but Mike Bianco holds a 23-18 lead in the series as head coach at Ole Miss. UA swept San Diego last weekend in a four-game set and beat Alabama A&M in two games earlier this week. Tyler Spoon leads the Razorbacks at the plate, hitting .388 with three home runs and 23 RBI to date. Freshman RHP Trey Killian holds a 0.86 ERA and a 2-1 record to go along with 22 strikeouts/1 walk in 21.0 IP. Junior RHP Ryne Stanek moves to a Sunday start with a 1-1 record and 3.71 ERA through four starts.
TURNER NAMED TO BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST Junior Stuart Turner has been named to the initial watch list for the 2013 Bench Award by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, it was announced on Monday. The Bench Award is presented annually to the nation's top catcher and the initial list is comprised of 48 players to watch.
REBELS SWEEP FOUR STRAIGHT WEEKENDS TO OPEN SEASON When the Rebels picked up a series sweep over Rhode Island on Sunday, February 24, it gave the Rebels series sweeps in back-to-back weekends to open the season. It's the first time the Rebels have opened the year with back-to-back series sweeps since the 2008 season when the Rebels swept Minnesota and Indiana State to open the season.
Ole Miss continued the sweeps in the third weekend of play at Florida International, sweeping the Panthers in a three-game set. The Rebels followed it up with a sweep of Lipscomb in week four. It marks the first time Ole Miss had posted four consecutive weekend sweeps to open the season since the 2004 campaign.
MULTIPLE-HIT AND MULTIPLE-RBI GAMES Stuart Turner does a little bit of everything for the Rebels and currently leads the team in multiple-hit games and multiple-RBI games. To date, Turner has posted 12 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games. Ten Rebels have posted multiple-hit games in 2012, while eight different Rebels have posted multiple-RBI games this season. Austin Anderson is right behind Turner with eight multiple-hit games, while Auston Bousfield has added seven multiple-hit games this season.
THROUGH 19 GAMES IN 2012 Through 19 games in the 2012 season, the Rebels were three games behind the current pace in 2013 with a 15-4 record on the season and coming off a split of the first two games in the weekend series against Auburn. Ole Miss was hitting at a .322 clip with 16 home runs and 140 RBI and were 19-of-27 on steal attempts. As a pitching staff, the Rebels held to a 2.77 ERA with 162 strikeouts and 39 walks while allowing 65 runs (52 earned runs). The Rebels were fielding at a .969 clip with 22 errors.
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