#11 Ole Miss (22-4, 3-3 SEC) at Florida (11-15, 2-4 SEC)
Date: March 29-31, 2013 Times: 6:00 p.m./12:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. (All CT) Location: Gainesville, Fla. Venue: McKethan Stadium Capacity: 5,500 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 45-38 In Gainesville: Florida leads 26-14 Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network Television: CSS - Saturday Fox Sports Fla - Sunday Announcers: Bernie Guenther/Rod Delmonico (CSS) Nick Belmonte/Larry Vettel (FS-Fla) Live Stats/Audio: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE MISS QUICK HITS • Ole Miss continued to be ranked nationally in week seven of competition, topping out 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 .460 clip through six weeks of play. • The junior C also ranks 7th nationally in batting average and is tied for sixth nationally in RBI (33) entering the week. • Junior SS Austin Anderson entered the week as the nation’s toughest player to strike out. To date, Anderson has struck out only three times through 99 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 .583 over the last four games. • The Rebels posted a five-run rally in the seventh inning Wednesday night to defeat Arkansas State 10-4. It’s the second five-run seventh inning rally for a win by the Rebels this year. The previous came against Lipscomb (3/10).
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 6:00 PM UF - Jay Carmichael, Fr., RHP Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP NOTING WAHL: • Wahl enters the weekend series with a 6-0 record on the year, tied for first in the SEC with VU’s Tyler Beede. • The right-hander holds a 1.67 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 17 walks through 37.2 innings of work. • Wahl has held opponents to a .201 batting average this season and allowed eight runs, but only seven earned. • In his last outing, Wahl tied a career-long with 8.0 IP and struck out nine in an 8-2 win over #24 Texas A&M. • Last year against Florida, Wahl worked 8.0 scoreless innings and allowed two hits in a 3-0 series- opening win.
SATURDAY, 12:00 PM (CSS) UF - Jonathan Crawford, Jr., RHP Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP NOTING MAYERS: • Mayers makes seventh start of the season when he takes the mound at Florida on Saturday afternoon. • Through six starts, Mayers holds a 2-2 record and a pair of no decisions against Rhode Island and #12 TCU. • Mayers holds a 2.83 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 14 walks through 35.0 innings of work this season. • The RHP has four quality starts through his six starts this season, including last weekend’s 2-1 loss to A&M.
SUNDAY, 12:00 PM (SUNSPORTS/FOX SPORTS FLORIDA) UF - TBA Ole Miss - Chris Ellis, Soph., RHP NOTING ELLIS: • Ellis returned to the mound last weekend against Texas A&M in a relief role after missing five weeks of action. • The right-hander opened the season against #12 TCU, allowing one run on two hits in a predetermined start. • The sophomore posted a 4-0 record with one start as a freshman, including a relief win at Georgia. • Ellis holds a 1-1 record after suffering the loss in relief against Texas A&M in the series finale last weekend.
REBELS vs. FLORIDA Ole Miss and Florida first met in 1948, but have not been regular fixtures on each other’s schedule since that time and have met only sporadically. The early meetings came primarily in SEC Championship Series or in the SEC Tournament. Since Bianco came to Ole Miss the teams have played every year except 2006 and 2007. • Ole Miss leads the overall series 45-38 and won the last series 2-1 in Oxford in 2012. • The Rebels trail the Gators 14-26 in games played in Gainesville and 5-7 in games played at UF under Bianco. • Despite trailing in Gainesville under Bianco, the Rebels are 21-14 against the Gators in the Bianco era. • UM has faced UF in SEC postseason play more than any other team, holding a 10-6 lead. They met in the 1956, 1960 and 1969 SEC Championship series and 1977, 1980, 1982, 2001, 2005 and 2009 SEC Tournaments.
FOCUSING ON FLORIDA Florida enters the weekend with an overall record of 11-15 and are 2-4 in SEC play after dropping the first two series in conference play to Kentucky and at Vanderbilt. The Gators are coming off a midweek loss in a tight contest with Florida State, dropping a 2-1 decision to the #4 Seminoles. • Sophomoer OF Justin Shafer leads the Gators with a .317 average and is one of four players with three HR. • As a team, the Gators are batting at a .260 clip with 16 home runs, 102 RBI and 124 runs scored in 2013. • Freshman RHP Jay Carmichael holds a 3-1 record with a 1.88 ERA through two starts with 18 K and 9 BB. • Carmichael has held opponents to a .167 batting average through his 11 outings and allowed only six runs. • Florida’s pitching staff holds a 4.54 ERA with 181 strikeouts and 85 walks, while opponents are hitting at a .265 clip against the Gators. The squad has four saves, all belonging to Johnny Magliozzi.
FAST STARTS KEY REBEL SUCCESS Quick starts to games have been a key to Rebel success this season and played a part in the 22-4 start. Through the first four innings, Ole Miss is outscoring its opponents by a whopping 102-to-28 margin. Ole Miss is 17-1 when scoring first this season and is 11-1 when scoring in the first inning.
ANDERSON TOUGH TO STRIKE OUT Through 26 games and 99 at bats this season, Austin Anderson has struck out only three times. His first strikeout came in the final at bat of the first game at #11 Arkansas, 20 games into the season. Anderson ranks first nationally in the NCAA as toughest hitter to strikeout entering the week.
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 (11) 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 this weekend’s series, Sikes Orvis and Andrew Mistone lead with hits in three straight games, while Austin Anderson, Auston Bousfield and Tanner Mathis have hit in two straight 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 PUT TOGETHER EFFICIENT, OPPORTUNISTIC OFFENSE The Rebels have put together one of the top offenses by batting average in the SEC this season, hitting at a .301 clip for third best in the league. It’s been the efficiency and opportunistic nature of the offense that’s been the big boost to the Rebels. In 14-of-26 games, the Rebels have scored a run total that came within three spots of the team’s hit total for the game. In 3-of-4 losses, the Rebels have not managed near the offensive efficiency produced in those wins, while Ole Miss’ opponents have produced run totals within three of their hit total for the game.
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