Date: March 27, 2013 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Oxford, Miss. Venue: Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field Capacity: 10,323 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 65-21 In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 49-12 Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network Television: None Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Live Audio/Video: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE MISS QUICK HITS Ole Miss continued to be ranked nationally in week seven of competition, topping in the charts at No. 11 (Baseball America, USAToday Coaches), while coming in two other polls at No. 12 (NCBWA, Perfect Game). Collegiate Baseball gave the Rebels the largest tumble, dropping Ole Miss to 15th. Stuart Turner continues to lead the SEC in batting, hitting at a .459 clip through six weeks of competition. The junior C also ranks 7th nationally in batting average and is tied for sixth nationally in RBI (33). Junior SS Austin Anderson continues to be the nation's toughest player to strike out with one strikeout in 95 at bats. Junior RHP Bobby Wahl continues to be tied for the league and national lead with a 6-0 record this season. Sophomore RHP Chris Ellis returned to the mound Sunday after five weeks rehabbing a strained abdominal muscle. Sophomore 1B Sikes Orvis continued to heat up at the plate, hitting .500 against Texas A&M last weekend.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS WEDNESDAY, 6:30 PM ASU - Cody Woodhouse, Ole Miss - Josh Laxer, Soph., RHP NOTING LAXER: Laxer makes his fourth start of the season when he takes the mound against ASU on Wednesday night. The right-hander is 2-0 in his three starts, taking no decision against Memphis in his first start of 2013. In his starts, Laxer holds a 2.45 ERA with seven walks and six strikeouts through 14.2 innings of work. For the season, the RHP has a 2.14 ERA with 10 walks, nine strikeouts and holds foes to a .181 batting average In his last start at ULM, Laxer allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 IP.
REBELS vs. ARKANSAS STATE Ole Miss and Arkansas State have been a regular fixture on the schedule since the teams first met in the 1951 season. In the 62 years since, the Rebels and Red Wolves have faced off against each other Ole Miss holds a 65-21 lead and a 49-12 lead in Oxford. The first meeting in 1951 saw Ole Miss split a doubleheader, falling 3-7 before winnings 11-4 in game two. Ole Miss is 17-8 against the Red Wolves under head coach Mike Bianco and 9-5 in Oxford. The Rebels have won five straight against Arkansas State in games played in Oxford dating back to 2008. Ole Miss and the Red Wolves split the season series last year with the home team winning each contest.
ANALYZING ARKANSAS STATE Arkansas State enters the Wednesday night contest with the Rebels holding an overall record of 16-9 and is coming off a series loss at the hands of Florida Atlantic this past weekend. The Red Wolves won the first game of the series before falling in games two and three to the Owls. Senior OF Ryan Emery and IF Alex Potts lead ASU at the plate with a .304 average and a combined 35 RBI. As a team, the Red Wolves are batting .269 with 128 RBI and 11 home runs this season. RHP Cody Woodhouse holds a 1.23 ERA through six outings with 14 strikeouts and four walks. Opponents are hitting .237 against Woodhouse who has allowed six runs, but only two earned in 14.2 IP. Woodhouse start the May 15, 2012 game, allowing two runs on 5 hits with a strikeout in 4.1 innings of work. As a pitching staff, ASU holds a 3.61 ERA with 247 strikeouts, 86 walks and a .249 opponent batting average.
FAST STARTS KEY REBEL SUCCESS Quick starts to games have been a key to Rebel success this season and played a part in the 21-4 start out of the gates. Through the first four innings, Ole Miss is outscoring its opponents by a whopping 100-to-26 margin. Ole Miss is 16-1 when scoring first this season and is 10-1 when scoring in the first inning.
ANDERSON TOUGH TO STRIKE OUT Through 25 games and 95 at bats this season, Austin Anderson has struck out only twice. His first strikeout came in the final at bat of the game at #11 Arkansas in the series opener, 20 games into the season. To date, Anderson ranks first nationally in the NCAA as toughest hitter to strikeout.
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 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games. Ten Rebels have posted multiple-hit games in 2012, while 10 Rebels have also posted multiple-RBI games this season. Austin Anderson (10) and Auston Bousfield (8) second and third, respectively, in multiple hit games this season.
STREAKING REBELS TO WATCH It was a tough finale at the plate for the Rebels in the series against Texas A&M, with very few players keeping hit streaks alive in the Sunday doubleheader against the Aggies. Stuart Turner held a 19-game hit streak heading into the series finale and saw it snapped. Heading into Wednesday night's game, Andrew Mistone and Sikes Orvis are the only players with active hit streaks of more than one game. Both players have hit safely in back-to-back games.
Turner's hit streak was sixth all-time in Ole Miss history. The longest hit streak all-time was set by Brian Pettway across the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Pettway hit safely in the final game of 2004 and the first 27 games of 2005.
REBELS ENJOY HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE UNDER BIANCO Ole Miss has enjoyed success on the home field under head coach Mike Bianco over the course of 13 seasons. The excitement and energy generated by Rebel fans has helped the squad post a record of 322-119-1 at Swayze Field for a .730 winning percentage in that time.
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