Baseball Opens Rivalry Week in Memphis at AutoZone Park
WEDNESDAY - 6:30 p.m.
PROJECTED STARTERS
Ole Miss: RHP Houston Roth 
3-0, 4.55 ERA, 31.2 IP
Memphis: LHP Danny Denz
1-1, 3.77 ERA, 28.2 IP

GAME 30
Date: April 4, 2018
First Pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Venue: AutoZone Park (10,000)
Dimensions: LF-318, CF-379, RF-317
TV: Memphis Tiger Network
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: Ole Miss leads 94-54
Last Meeting: February 20, 2018

QUICK HITS
• No. 3 Ole Miss is coming off a thrilling series win at home over then-No. 5 Arkansas. The Rebels fell in Game 1 but came back to take Game 2 and Game 3 for their third backdoor series win of the season.
• Sophomore RHP Parker Caracci was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after a tremendous stretch on the mound for Ole Miss. Caracci earned the save in all three of the Rebels' wins last week, including saves in back-to-back games against the Razorbacks.
• Third baseman Tyler Keenan was named SEC co-Freshman of the Week after hitting the game-winning home run in Game 3 against the Hogs. Keenan slashed a team-best .583/.833/.615 over the past week.
• The SEC West-leading Rebels now turn their attention to their second meeting this season with regional rival Memphis.
• If the Rebels win Wednesday, they'll match the best 30-game start in program history, a 26-4 mark from the 2004 season.
• Ole Miss topped Memphis 8-6 in February at Swayze Field to increase its all-time series lead to 94-54.
• The Tigers are a better team than their record might suggest. In addition to the two-run loss at Swayze, Memphis' record also includes one-run defeats to two more highly ranked SEC foes in Arkansas and Auburn.
• Ole Miss remains the winningest team in college baseball, tied with Florida (25-5) for the most victories in the nation. The Rebels boast the SEC's best win percentage (.862), good for second in the nation behind Stanford (.875).
• Ole Miss is almost unanimously ranked No. 3 in the nation, holding the third spot in the ESPN/USA Today, D1 Baseball, Baseball America, Perfect Game and NCBWA rankings. The Rebels are top-five in every poll, including fifth in RPI.
•   The Ole Miss pitching staff remains No. 1 in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.77). The Rebels are the only team in the country with a K/BB ratio over 3.5. Their 290 total Ks rank 10th in the nation.
•   The Rebel offense ranks eighth in the nation and second in the SEC in doubles with 67 on the season. Ryan Olenek leads the team with 12, good for first in the SEC and 21st in the country.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Tuesday • 6:30 p.m. 
RHP Houston Roth (Ole Miss) | 3-0, 4.55 ERA, 31.2 IP
LHP Danny Denz (Memphis) | 1-1, 3.77 ERA, 28.2 IP

ROTH NOTES
• No. 39 in the country, No. 5 in the SEC, averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
• Was in outstanding in relief last week vs. No. 14 Southern Miss, allowing just one run over 5.0 innings, striking out seven and walking one to top the bleeding and set the table for a Rebel comeback.
• 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 MEMPHIS
• Ole Miss faced Memphis' projected starter, Danny Denz, in Game 4 of this season and touched him for five runs--four earned--on four hits in the first two innings of an 8-6 Rebel win. That loss is the only one on Denz's record this season.
• The Tigers are coming off a narrow series defeat to No. 25 UCF where they bookended a 9-0 win with losses of 7-1 and 9-3.
• Memphis' resume, in addition to a 2-run loss to Ole Miss, includes 1-run defeats to Arkansas and Auburn.
• Tyler Webb has led Memphis at the plate this season, hitting a team-best .336 with 14 doubles, the fourth-best 2B total in college baseball.
• Kyle Ouellette is the only other Tiger hitting over .300 this season at .302. He leads Memphis with 20 RBI.

SERIES HISTORY
• Ole Miss and Memphis will be meeting for the 149th time on Tuesday, the fifth-most played series of all time for Ole Miss, and the most of any non-conference opponent. 
• The series began way back in 1916 and has since continued over the years, where the Rebels hold a 94-54 advantage. Memphis won both of last season's matchups, 9-6 in the first (2/28) and 2-1 in the second (3/21)
• Ole Miss took the first meeting between the two regional rivals this season, 8-6, at Swayze Field. The Rebels held off the Tigers behind a two-home-run day by Nick Fortes.

ON THE RECORD
• Ole Miss is tied for the most wins in college baseball this season at 25-4, matching Florida (25-5)'s win count.
• Ole Miss has the best win percentage in the SEC (.862), second-best in the NCAA behind Stanford (.875).
• The Rebels are one of three teams with four losses or fewer, joined by Oregon State (22-4), Stanford (21-3).
• The Rebels and Cardinal are only two teams with a win percentage greater than .850
• If the Rebels win Wednesday, they'll match the best 30-game start in school history, a 26-4 mark from 2004.

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Of the Rebels' 25 wins this season, 11 have been come-from-behind victories. 

MIDWEEK WINNERS
Ole Miss is a perfect 8-0 in midweek games this season, including two road midweek wins.

CLOSE CONTESTS
All four of the Rebels' losses this season have come by two runs or fewer. Ole Miss' four defeats have come by a combined six runs. 

The Rebels' last seven games have all been decided by two runs or fewer. Their last five wins have all come by just one run.

SHUT IT DOWN
Ole Miss is undefeated at 18-0 when leading after six innings. That number improves to 20-0 after seven and 21-0 after eight innings. 

REBS RECOGNIZED
Ole Miss added two more weekly honors to its resume after taking down Arkansas. Closer Parker Caracci was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after earning the save in all three of the Rebels' wins. Third baseman Tyler Keenan was named SEC co-Freshman of the Week after hitting the game-deciding home run in Game 3 against Arkansas.

Brady Feigl was named NCBWA's Pitcher of the Month for February after his torrid start to the season. Ryan Rolison earned the first Pitcher of the Week award of the season in the SEC after mowing down Winthrop in the Rebels' season opener.

POWER BLUES
Ole Miss is a perfect 5-0 on #EnergySunday this season, as well as 2-0 on #EnergySaturday to close out series. The Rebels are also a perfect 7-0 in their customary Sunday powder blue uniforms.

The Rebels were wearing powder blue for their two highest scoring outputs of the season: a 12-1 win in Game 3 at Long Beach State and an 11-10 triumph in the final game against No. 5 Arkansas.

DOUBLE OR NOTHING
Ole Miss is No. 8 in the nation with 67 doubles on the year. The Rebels are No. 2 the SEC in that category behind Kentucky (69). They're No. 18 in the nation and second in the league with 2.31 doubles per game.

Ryan Olenek leads the Rebels in doubles with 12 on the season, including four last week. That puts him atop the SEC and at No. 21 in the nation.

ALL STRIKES, NO WALKS
Ole Miss remains No. 1 in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 3.77. The Rebels are the only team in college baseball with a K/BB ratio above 3.5

The Rebels are sixth in the country and first in the SEC in walks allowed per nine innings at just 2.68. That mark is the second-best among Power 5 teams, trailing Stanford (2.64) by a hair. Ole Miss has issued the fewest walks in the SEC at just 77 while striking out 290.

Ole Miss is 14th in the country, averaging 10.1 strikeouts per game as a staff, good for second in the SEC behind Vanderbilt's 10.2.

HIT PARADE
The Ole Miss offense is hitting .299 as a group this season, now at No. 21 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the SEC. With 284 hits on the season, the Rebel offense is 27th in the country and fifth in the conference. 

RALLY ON TWO
Ole Miss has had a knack for two-out hitting this season. Of the Rebels' 184 RBI, 74 have come with two outs. By comparison, the Rebel pitching staff has allowed just 33 two-out RBI.

The Rebels are hitting .309 with two outs, as well as .318 with runners in scoring position and .323 with runners on base.

AIN'T IT GRAND?
In Game 2 against Texas A&M, junior Michael Fitzsimmons came in to pinch hit in the eighth inning and blasted a grand slam, the Rebels' first since Colby Bortles knocked in four on April 15, 2015. The pinch-hit blast brought the Rebels within one run, though they couldn't quite complete the rally in a 7-6 defeat.

Ole Miss is hitting .579 (11-for-19) with the bases loaded this season.

BOMBS AWAY
Ole Miss has been one of the best power-hitting teams in college baseball this season. The Rebels are 13th in the nation and fifth in the SEC with 35 home runs on the season.

The Rebels are averaging 1.21 homers per game, good for 18th in the country and fifth in the conference.

Thomas Dillard and Cole Zabowski lead the Rebels with seven home runs apiece, while Nick Fortes is just behind at six. Three Rebels--Fortes, Dillard and Chase Cockrell--boast multi-homer games this year.

REBS RAKE
Compared to last season, the Rebels have found another level of production at the plate.

Through 29 games last year, Ole Miss carried a team slash line of .242/.347/.331, with 123 runs scored, 37 doubles, 19 home runs and 221 strikeouts. Through 29 games this season, the Rebels are slashing .299/.484/.386 with 204 runs scored, 67 doubles, 35 home runs and 171 strikeouts.

PLAYMAKERS
Ole Miss is No. 8 in the nation and No. 4 in the SEC in fielding percentage at .983. The Rebels are on pace to break the all-time single-season fielding mark of .976 set in 2012.

CARACCI IN THE CLUTCH
Parker Caracci had his best week yet as a Rebel, earning the save in all three of the Rebels' Week 7 wins to become the first reliever to win SEC Pitcher of the Week this season.

Caracci is on a string of six consecutive successful save opportunities, including saves in back-to-back games to lock down the Rebels' series win over No. 5 Arkansas. Saturday's Game 3 save was the fifth in the past seven games for Caracci, all just coming in a nine-day span. The redshirt sophomore out of Jackson, Mississippi, carried a 0.00 ERA throughout Week 7.

In 20.1 innings pitched this season, Caracci boasts a 0.89 with 38 strikeouts and just three walks for a ratio of 12.7 K/BB.

Five of Caracci's six saves have come in SEC play. Those six saves tie him for the team lead with Dallas Woolfolk. The Rebel relievers are tied for 23rd in the nation and second in the SEC behind Florida's Michael Byrne (7).

KEENAN IS KEY
Tyler Keenan had a tremendous week to earn SEC co-Freshman of the Week honors. The rookie out of Clayton, North Carolina, slashed .583/.833/.615 last week, scoring four runs and batting in four more.

His highlight of the week came in Game 3 against No. 5 Arkansas. Keenan delivered what proved to be the game-winning 3-run home run, clearing the bases in the seventh inning and scoring the game-deciding run in a wild 11-10 win.

Keenan is slashing .381/.714/.519 in league play and increased his season batting average to .333.

Z-BO HITTING Z-BOMBS
Cole Zabowski has caught fire in SEC play. Four of the sophomore's seven home runs have come in league play, a team-high, including two this past week against No. 5 Arkansas. He's 39th in the country and eighth in the SEC this season, averaging 0.30 home runs per game. His average is 0.44 per contest against league competition.

The Lawrenceville, Georgia, native is No. 49 in the country and sixth in the conference in slugging percentage at .662. He's slugging a .893 clip in SEC games.

OLE! OLE, OLE, OLE!
Ryan Olenek leads the SEC and is 21st in the nation with 12 doubles this season. Olenek slapped four doubles this past week as part of a tremendous four games at the plate, resulting in a slash line of .563/.813/.529.

Olenek leads the Rebels with 12 multi-hit games this season. He's currently riding the team's longest running hit streak at seven games. He has reached base successfully in nine straight games, also the team's longest current streak.

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 seven on the year.

His biggest blast of the year came against Eastern Illinois. It traveled an estimated 435 feet with an astounding exit velocity of 111.7 mph--the hardest-hit ball at Swayze Field this season.

His latest home run was a clutch game-winning blast in the seventh inning against Southern Miss. The sophomore out of Oxford sent the ball just shy of 400 feet over the left field wall. It left his bat at 103.1 mph. It was the switch hitter's first home run of the season hitting right-handed.

CAPTAIN CLUTCH
Senior Will Golsan was named a 2018 Senior CLASS Award Candidate last month.

Golsan is 3-for-4 with the bases loaded this year. He's also hitting .357 with RISP and is 13-for-32 (.406) with two outs. He leads Ole Miss in two-out RBI with 13. 

JUCO GEM
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 and has recently settled in at the plate to add another weapon to the Rebel lineup in the No. 9 hole.

Adams has been an outstanding situational hitter for the Rebels. He is hitting .375 with runners on base and .462 with runners in scoring position. He's 7-for-18 (.389) with two outs. 

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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