March 21, 2016
The Last Meeting
April 15, 2015
Matchup: No. 6 Ole Miss (19-2) vs. UT Martin (7-13)
Date: March 22, 2016
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Swayze Field
Television: SEC Network+
Richard Cross, play-by-play
David Dellucci, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 16-1
Last Game: April 15, 2015
Ole Miss won 11-1
School Day Game
Over 6,000 kids from local school are expected to be in attendance.
- After winning four-of-five games last week, the Rebels have the third-best record in the nation at 19-2.
- Ole Miss is looking to win 20 of its first 22 games for the first time in school history.
- The Rebels are ranked in the top 10 of every national poll, including No. 6 in Collegiate Baseball’s poll.
- Ole Miss is 7-0 all-time vs. UT Martin during the Mike Bianco era.
- The Rebels lead the SEC with 16 sacrifice flies, which also ranks third in the country.
- The Ole Miss bullpen holds a combined ERA of 1.96 with an SEC-leading eight saves this season.
- Ole Miss is 11-0 when scoring in the first inning, outscoring the opposition 31-6.
- The Rebels have scored five-or-more runs in one inning seven times in 2016.
- Ole Miss ace Brady Bramlett leads the SEC with 19 strikeouts looking.
- With 18 career saves, closer Wyatt Short is tied with Scott Bittle for fourth on the Ole Miss all-time saves list.
- Head coach Mike Bianco is one of nine coaches in history to win at least 600 games at an SEC school.
- Ole Miss ranks second in the nation in average attendance, bringing in 7,967 fans at each home game.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
TUESDAY, 11 A.M.
UT Martin - Jake Patzner, Jr., RHP, 1-1, 13.50 ERA, 12.0 IP
Ole Miss - James McArthur, Fr., RHP, 2-0, 6.06 ERA, 16.1 IP
- Has not issued a walk over his last three outings (12.1 innings)
- Against UAB, allowed just one run on five hits to pick up his second victory in as many starts
- Has started four midweek games for Ole Miss
- Earned his first career win, allowing two runs over five innings against Southeast Missouri
- Struck out a career-high six hitters in his victory over the Redhawks
- Is one of the tallest Rebels on the team, standing 6’7” alongside Sean Johnson
SCOUTING THE SKYHAWKS
UT Martin enters Tuesday’s game with a 7-13 record. The Skyhawks went 1-3 last week, soaring past Alabama A&M before dropping three games to Tennessee Tech in conference action. UT Martin is led by slugger Austin Taylor, who leads the team in hits (23), doubles (10), and RBI (14). Posting a .315 batting average, Taylor is one of five starting Skyhawks hitting over the .300 plateau. On the mound, junior Jake Patzner will get the start; the right-hander has a record of 1-1 to go along with an ERA of 13.50 through four appearances, including three starts. UT Martin is coached by Rick Robinson, who is in his second year at the helm of the program. The Rebels lead the all-time series against UT Martin, 16-1, including winning all seven games against the Skyhawks during the Mike Bianco era.
LAST TIME WE MET
In last year’s matchup, Colby Bortles hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Sikes Orvis added another as Ole Miss soared past UT Martin 11-1. With his grand slam and solo home run, Bortles became the first Rebel to record a multi-homer game since his teammate Orvis accomplished the feat against Missouri, March 22, 2014. Bortles has three career grand slams, and they have all been the last three hit by any Rebel hitter. He earned his second five-RBI game of the year, tying his career-high. Orvis completed the back-to-back homers with his eighth of the season. The first baseman reached base four times on the afternoon by drawing three walks at the dish. J.B. Woodman added a pair of hits as Ole Miss smacked 10 total on the afternoon. Sam Smith earned the victory on the mound, going six innings and allowing just one run on four hits. The start was Smith’s 50th of his career, tying Kenny Carlyle for second in program history.
During its longest road trip of the 2016 season, the Ole Miss baseball team won four out of five games against competition that got the best of the Rebels in 2015. The week started out with a two-game sweep over UAB at Regions Field in Birmingham. After the Blazers won a doubleheader at Swayze Field last year, Ole Miss limited them to just two runs in the pair of games this season, winning 8-1 on Tuesday and 5-1 on Wednesday. The Rebels opened up SEC play at Tennessee, a team who gave Ole Miss its only losing weekend series at Swayze Field a season ago. This time around, Ole Miss claimed the weekend series over the Vols by winning the final two games of the three-game set. The Rebels took game two 6-4 before breaking out red-hot bats for a 10-7 victory in the series finale.
CLUTCH HITTING CLINCHES OPENING SEC SERIES
The Rebels broke out the bats on Sunday against Tennessee, making sure the rubber match ended in their favor. Ole Miss hit in clutch situations, going 11-for-25 (.440) with runners on base and 8-for-17 (.471) with runners in scoring position. The Rebels also kept innings alive with five two-out hits throughout the contest. All nine Rebels in the lineup recorded at least one hit, including four who produced multi-hit games. Will Golsan and Henri Lartigue led the way with three hits, two RBI and one double each.
Ole Miss has put together big innings throughout the 2016 campaign. Seven times this season, the Rebels have scored at least five runs in an inning. Ole Miss scored a season-high nine runs in the first inning versus FIU. Against Memphis, the Rebs used a seven-run third inning to rally from an early 6-0 deficit. At the Chanticleer Classic, six runs in the second helped Ole Miss roll to a 7-1 win over Cincinnati. The Rebels had two five-run innings to cruise past Grambling in a weekend sweep. Last week, a pair of five-run fifth innings helped Ole Miss down UAB 5-1 (March 16), as well as Tennessee, 10-7 (March 20).
BRINGING THE RELIEF
The Ole Miss bullpen has been a reliable force throughout the start of the 2016 campaign. As a group, the staff boasts a 7-0 record to go along with an SEC-best eight saves and a combined 1.96 ERA in relief appearances. Four Rebel relievers have a sub-1.00 ERA, including closer Wyatt Short, who ranks second in the SEC with five saves on the season. Sophomore Will Stokes adds a pair of saves to go along with a 1.69 ERA. Freshman Dallas Woolfolk has made six relief appearances without allowing an earned run and also has a save to his credit. David Parkinson has made a team-high 10 appearances out of the ‘pen, boasting an impressive 1.35 ERA. Coming off Tommy John surgery, redshirt-freshman Brady Feigl is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in eight appearances. The excellent relief pitching has helped the Rebels get off to a 19-2 start and rise in the national rankings.
OLE MISS IN THE POLLS
Heading into the season, Ole Miss was only ranked in one top-25 poll. However, starting the season 19-2 and going 3-1 against ranked teams thus far, the Rebels have risen up the rankings. This week, Ole Miss cracked the top 10 in every national poll, including its highest ranking of No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball. Baseball America, the only publication listing Ole Miss in its top 25 all season long, moved the Rebels up four spots to No. 7. D1Baseball placed Ole Miss at eighth in this week’s poll, while the ESPN/USA TODAY coaches poll and Perfect Game agreed that the Rebels are the ninth-best team in the nation.
Ole Miss wastes no time striking first, outscoring the opposition 31-6 in the first inning. The Rebels have scored in the opening frame 11 times this season, winning each one of those ballgames. The Rebels tallied 13 runs in the first inning on opening weekend, including nine in the series finale. The fast start gave the Rebels momentum in each game, helping lead to the series sweep of FIU. In the series opener versus No. 2 Louisville, junior J.B. Woodman belted a two-run homer to right field in the first, giving Ole Miss the early lead that it kept throughout the contest to hand the top-ranked Cardinals their first loss of the season. Facing another ranked team in No. 18 Coastal Carolina, the Rebels tallied three runs in the first inning to cruise to an 8-2 win on the road. In the series finale at Tennessee, Ole Miss scored twice in the opening frame en route to a series-clinching victory.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Swayze Field provides the best atmosphere and some of the biggest crowds across the country for college baseball games. Rebel Nation has taken advantage of the nice weather to come out to the ballpark in full force to see Ole Miss Baseball open the 2016 season. The Rebels have averaged 7,967 fans per game, including three contests with the attendance over 10,000, to rank second nationally. In total, 103,572 fans have watched Ole Miss Baseball at Swayze Field this season. The third-largest combined attendance for a three-game home series (28,659) watched the Rebels take two-of-three from No. 2 Louisville. On Saturday, the fourth-largest crowd in Swayze Field history (10,561) saw the Rebels battle the Cardinals. Attendance on opening day was 10,129, the sixth-largest in stadium history and the biggest opening day crowd in school history. More than 10,000 fans watched the Rebels win game two against FIU, and the three-game series attendance totaled 26,910 (8,970 average). That mark set an opening series record and also ranks seventh for three-game series attendance at Ole Miss.
After the midweek, Ole Miss will have one day off before returning to the diamond. No. 10 South Carolina comes to town for the Rebels’ first SEC home weekend and matchup between two top-10 teams. The series begins Thursday night (March 24) at 6:30 p.m. CT. Friday’s first pitch is also scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on SECN+. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the series finale against the Gamecocks will be broadcast on SEC Network, the Rebels’ first of 10 games on national television this season.