No. 5 Baseball Hosts New Orleans for Kids' Day at Swayze Field
TUESDAY - 11 a.m.
PROJECTED STARTERS
Ole Miss: RHP Houston Roth 
2-0, 4.98 ERA, 21.2 IP
New Orleans: RHP Rafe Schindler
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP

Game 22
Date: March 20, 2018
First Pitch: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Venue: Swayze Field (10,715)
Dimensions: LF-330, CF-390, RF-330
TV: SEC Network +
     Richard Cross, Play-by-Play
     Brady Bramlett, Analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, Play-by-Play
     Keith Kessinger, Analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
Series: 9-3, Ole Miss
Last Meeting: April 7-8, 2009

Quick Hits
• No. 5 Ole Miss takes on New Orleans for a midweek matchup after winning its first SEC series of the season, taking Game 2 and Game 3 from Tennessee after falling 8-6 in a wild Game 1.
• The Rebels and Privateers have met a dozen times in their history, with the Rebels holding a 9-3 advantage and a 4-0 tilt under head coach Mike Bianco.
• A win on Tuesday would make Ole Miss the first team in college baseball to reach 20 wins this season.
• Ole Miss is tied for first in the SEC and second in the NCAA in win percentage with a 19-2 record (.905). 
•   The Ole Miss pitching staff remains No. 1 in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.17). The Rebels are also third in college baseball in ERA (2.11) and walks per nine innings (2.49).
• Ole Miss is up to as high as No. 5 (Perfect Game, D1 Baseball and ESPN/USA Today) in this week's national rankings. The Rebels are now ranked in the Top 10 of every major poll.
•   Ole Miss is one of just two teams (Vanderbilt) in the nation to rank in the Top 25 nationally in team ERA (3rd), batting average (23rd) and fielding percentage (14th).
• Junior 2B Jacob Adams is coming off a breakthrough week for the Rebels. The junior college transfer hit .636/1.182/.733 last week with two doubles and his second career HR. He posted a 6-for-10 mark in his first SEC series.
• Sophomore Thomas Dillard has become a feared power hitter early this season, taking just 21 games to eclipse his HR total from all of last season, now with five on the 2018 campaign. He hit his fifth in Game 3 against Tennessee.
• Tuesday starter Houston Roth ranks ninth in the Southeastern Conference and 63rd in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings at 12.05 on the season.
• Sophomore Parker Caracci has emerged as yet another dominant arm out of the Rebel bullpen. He boasts an astronomical strikeout-to-walk ratio of 26-to-1.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Tuesday • 11 a.m.
RHP Houston Roth (Ole Miss) | 2-0, 4.98 ERA, 21.2 IP
RHP Rafe Schindler (New Orleans) | 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.0 IP

ROTH NOTES: 
• Ranked 63rd in NCAA, ninth in SEC with 12.05 strikeouts per nine innings.
• Earned second win of the season, allowing two runs in 5.0 IP with 7 Ks at Georgia State
• Held Murray State scoreless an 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 season

SCOUTING NEW ORLEANS
• The projected starter for New Orleans, RHP Rafe Schindler, has thrown just 2.0 innings this season but is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, not having allowed a hit yet this season.
• The Privateers boast three regular starters hitting above .300, as well as OF Orynn Veillon, who has played in only the four most recent games this season but carries a .438 batting average.
• IF Owen Magee has been UNO's most effective power hitter this season, slotting second on the team with three home runs and first with seven doubles. His slugging percentage is a team-best .524.
• OF Cody Ducote leads New Orleans with four home runs this season, as well as 23 RBI.
• OF Jay Robinson has proven dangerous on the basepath for the Privateers, stealing six bases in eight attempts and scoring a team-high 16 runs. Robinson has been hit by 7 pitches this season, 44th-most in nation.
• The Privateers are 41st in the nation with 41 doubles on the year. They're 43rd with six triples.
• New Orleans is 21st in the NCAA, averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

SERIES HISTORY
• Ole Miss is 9-3 all-time against New Orleans, including a perfect 4-0 mark under head coach Mike Bianco
• The Rebels last hosted the Privateers for two midweek games in 2009, winning 5-4 and 7-0. 
• Ole Miss opened up the 2007 season with back-to-back wins over New Orleans, taking 7-2 and 4-0 victories.

ON THE RECORD
• A win on Tuesday will make Ole Miss the first team college baseball to reach 20 wins this season. 
• Ole Miss enters the game tied for 1st in the SEC, 2nd in NCAA in W/L Percentage at .905. 
• Ole Miss and Auburn are the only two teams in the nation with 19 wins thus far, each at 19-2.
• The Rebels, Tigers and Oregon State (18-1) are the only three teams with a win percentage above .900.
• The Rebels, Tigers, Beavers and Stanford (14-2) are the only teams with two losses or fewer.

STELLAR STAFF
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 stands at No. 1 in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 4.17. 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 217 batters while walking just 52. 

The Ole Miss staff is 3rd in the nation in team ERA at 2.11. That mark is good for 1st in the conference, and it's the nation's best among Power 5 conferences. The Rebs also enter the week at 3rd in the country and 1st in the SEC in walks per nine innings at 2.49. 

The Rebels are No. 7 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the SEC in WHIP at just 1.06. Ole Miss ranks 12th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.4--good for No. 2 in the conference. Additionally, the Rebels are allowing just seven hits per nine innings, good for 15th in the country and 4th in the SEC.

TRIPLE THREAT
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are the only two teams in college baseball to rank in the Top 25 nationally in team ERA, batting average and fielding percentage. The Rebels are third in ERA, 23rd in batting average and 14th in fielding percentage. The Commodores are 18th in ERA, 24th in batting average and third in fielding percentage.

DOUBLING UP
Ole Miss is No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the SEC in doubles with 51 on the year. The Rebels are also second in the conference and 17th nationally in doubles per game with 2.43 per contest. Among Power 5 programs, only Kentucky (54) boasts more doubles than Ole Miss.

Grae Kessinger leads the Rebels with eight doubles on the year, slotting him 39th in the nation and 3rd in the SEC. Ryan Olenek also holds real estate in the Top 100 with seven doubles on the season.

CRANKING OUT THE HITS
The Ole Miss offense is hitting .303 as a group this season, now up to No. 23 in the NCAA and No. 4 in the SEC. 

In addition to ranking in the Top 10 in doubles, the Rebels are 18th with 25 home runs. They're also 26th in runs scored and are 16th in slugging percentage at .487.

FEIGL FOR THE WIN
Five starts, five 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 five starts. He's one of just eight players in college baseball with a 5-0 record, five of which call the SEC home.

Feigl stifled Tennessee in his first SEC start of the season last week, going 6.1 innings and truly making just one mistake all day, a solo home run that represented the Vols' only run of the game. Feigl allowed just four hits and struck out nine while walking only one. He's gone at least 6.0 innings in each of his five starts in 2018.

Feigl is one of the top players in the nation at hitting the strike zone. He's 17th nationally and third in the SEC in K-to-BB ratio at 11.3. He's also 24th in the country and third in the league in walks-per-nine at just 0.83. Feigl's 1.10 ERA is good for No. 30 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the SEC.

CARACCI WITH THE Ks
Redshirt sophomore Parker Caracci has been outstanding out of the bullpen lately, asserting himself as one of several key pieces to the Rebel relief crew. Caracci boasts 26 strikeouts and just one walk in eight appearances this season. The Jackson, MS, native is averaging 2.13 strikeouts per inning or 19.2 per nine innings.

Caracci combined with starter James McArthur for a four-hit shutout on Sunday against Tennessee. Caracci went a full three innings, allowing just 2 H, 0 BB while striking out seven to earn his first career save.

ADAMS' EMERGENCE
A junior college transfer for 2018, second baseman Jacob Adams has been a difference maker for the Rebels this season. Adams has shined in the field since joining the SEC ranks, but only recently has he settled in at the plate. 

Adams was 7-for-11 at the dish last week with an incredible line: .636/1.182/.733. He belted his second-career home run, a leadoff blast to open Game 3 against Tennessee. Adams also ripped two doubles down the right field line in Game 2 against the Volunteers and doubled his RBI total, knocking in three runs. 

The junior out of Conway, Arkansas, led Ole Miss in nearly every offensive category last week. He's now hitting .378 on the year and slugging .622. Adams has struck out just four times, the lowest total among Rebels with at least 15 starts on the season.

DILLY, DILLY!
Thomas Dillard is hitting the cover off the baseball this season. It took Dillard, who was a regular starter in 2017 as well, just 21 games to eclipse his home run total from all of last season, now with five on the year.

WOOLFOLK LEADING THE PACK
Junior closer Dallas Woolfolk earned his sixth save of the season on Tuesday against Georgia State. The Southaven native entered in the 9th with a two-run lead, one man on and the tying run at the plate. After a walk and a bunt single, Woolfolk found himself with the bases loaded and no outs, but he navigated the jam, pitching into a fielder's choice out at the plate for the first out, and a double-play ball (3-2-3) to end the game.

Woolfolk didn't have a save opportunity over the weekend against Tennessee, but he still hasn't allowed a run this season, going 7.2 innings, giving up six hits and walking four. He has struck out seven batters along the way to posting an SEC-leading six saves--good for eighth in the NCAA.

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. 8 in the nation and is tied for first in the SEC with four sacrifice flies on the season. As a result, he boasts 16 RBI, third on the team. Golsan tallied three sacrifice flies last 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 No. 17 in the NCAA in sacrifice flies with 12. The Rebels trail only LSU (15) among SEC teams.

BOMBS AWAY
After tallying three home runs in two midweek meetings with Georgia State, Ole Miss added four more over the weekend against Tennessee to vault to 18th nationally with 24 homers on the year. That mark is good for 5th in the SEC. The Rebels average 1.19 home runs per game, good for No. 21 in the nation and No. 5 in the conference.

Three Rebels--Nick Fortes (Memphis), Thomas Dillard (Austin Peay) and Chase Cockrell (Eastern Illinois) boast multi-home-run games this season. Ten different Rebels have hit a home run this season, six of whom have hit two or more. Dillard holds the team lead with five on the year, while Nick Fortes and Cole Zabowski are on his heels with four apiece.

ENERGY SUNDAY
Ole Miss is a perfect 5-0 on #EnergySunday this season. The Rebels boast one of the best Sunday starters in the country in James McArthur. McArthur ranks in the top 50 nationally with an ERA of 1.35.

The Rebels are also a perfect 5-0 in their customary Sunday powder blue uniforms.

REBS TAKE FIRST SEC SERIES FROM TENNESSEE
Ole Miss won its first Southeastern Conference series of the season over Tennessee.

The Rebels fell 8-6 in a wild, windy Game 1. Both offenses benefitted from wind-blown pop-ups and fly balls. Tennessee exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Ole Miss battled back with four runs in the bottom half, but it was too little, too late in an 8-6 defeat.

Saturday and Sunday, however, were all Ole Miss. The Rebels got another brilliant start out of Brady Feigl, who went 6.1 innings, allowing just four hits and one run to set the foundation for the 7-1 win. Junior second baseman Jacob Adams was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI to fuel the Rebel offense. On Sunday, starter James McArthur and reliever Parker Caracci combined to throw a four-hit shutout as Caracci earned his first career save. Adams blasted his second-career home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning for Ole Miss, and that was all the Rebels needed in a 5-0 win. They added more anyway as Cole Zabowski and Thomas Dillard both went deep to add insurance in the series-clinching victory at Swayze Field.

ROAD REBS TAKE TWO IN ATLANTA
Ole Miss passed its final road test of the 2018 non-conference slate and clinched an NCAA-best 17-1 record going into the Southeastern Conference schedule.

The Rebels were tested vehemently in Game 1 by Georgia State, leaning on a nerve-wracking bases-loaded, no-out save by Dallas Woolfolk to escape with a 5-3 win. The Panthers jumped on the board early with two runs in the second. Ole Miss used a Nick Fortes home run, as well as a combined four hits and three RBI by Thomas Dillard and Grae Kessinger to gain the edge. In addition to Woolfolk's save, the Rebels got a great start out of Houston Roth (5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) and a perfect two innings of relief from Will Ethridge

In contrast, Game 2 was never close. The Rebels tacked on four runs in the first inning, never looked back and never stopped scoring. Cole Zabowski smashed his third home run of the year, and Tim Elko hit the first of his career. Zabowski and Ryan Olenek each tallied three-hit days, while Zabowski, Elko, Cockrell, Fortes and Dillard each had multiple RBI. Not to be lost in the blowout, Jordan Fowler turned in a five-inning gem in his second career start, allowing zero runs on just one hit and one walk.

For all Ole Miss Baseball news and information, visit the official athletics site OleMissSports.com. For more social media updates, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissBSB, on Facebook at Ole Miss Baseball and on Instagram at olemissbsb.


 

 

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