Date: April 8, 2014 Location: Memphis, Tenn. Venue: AutoZone Park Capacity: 14,384 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 89-51 Last Meeting: Memhis won 4-1 on March 5. Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network Television: None Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Live Video: None Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
QUICK HITS • Ole Miss found itself in the top 25 of the national rankings for the seventh consecutive week, topping out at No. 13. • The Rebels are second in the SEC in batting (.299), second in home runs (22) and third in scoring (189 runs). • Ole Miss is third in ERA as a staff (2.16) and is second in the conference in wins with 25 though eight weeks of play. • Three Rebels rank in the top 5 in the SEC in hits: Bousfield (T2nd - 45), Anderson (T5th - 44) and Allen (T7th - 43). • Anderson ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in average (7th), on base percentage (5th), runs (T6th) and hits (T5th). • Will Allen is second in the SEC in RBI (35) and is tied for sixth in the league in home runs (4) this season. • Sikes Orvis is second in the SEC in home runs (6) and is fifth in the league in slugging percentage (.541) to date. • Ole Miss will play four-of-five games on the road this week, including regional rivals Memphis and Mississippi State. • Ole Miss is now 8-3 in one-run games, 6-2 in walk-off wins and has posted 10 come-from-behind wins to date.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS TUESDAY, 6:30 PM MEM - Ryan Garner, Fr., LHP OLE MISS - Jeremy Massie, Sr., LHP NOTING MASSIE: • Massie made his first start of his career against ULM (2/26) in game two of a midweek series. • The southpaw has made five starts in seven appearances for the Rebels so far this season. • Massie holds a 3.16 ERA with seven walks and 19 strikeouts through 25.2 innings of work in 2014. • The left-hander has made 21 relief appearances in his career with five starts and holds a 1-2 record.
WEDNESDAY, 6:30 PM MSU - TBA OLE MISS - Evan Anderson, Fr., LHP NOTING ANDERSON: • Anderson makes his third start of the season, taking the mound against Murray State on Wednesday. • The freshman is 1-0 on the season with a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings of work through seven outings. • Anderson made starts against Southeastern Louisiana and UAPB and worked limited innings in both. • The southpaw has struck out eight with three walks and a .114 opposing batting average this year.
A LOOK AT MEMPHIS The Memphis Tigers are 18-14 on the year and enter the Tuesday night contest coming off a series loss to the Louisville Cardinals dropping a pair of one-run games on Friday/Sunday and winning a one-run game on Saturday. • The Tigers hit at a .257 clip this season with 11 home runs and 149 RBI through 32 games played. • Ethan Gross leads the Tigers, hitting .308 and is the only player to hit above .300 among regulars. • Tucker Tubbs leads the power production with three home runs and 27 RBI this season for Memphis. • As a staff, Memphis holds a 3.60 ERA with 119 walks, 202 strikeouts and .249 opposing avereage. • LHP Ryan Garner is 0-2 on the year with a 5.20 ERA in 27.2 innings of work and nine appearances.
A LOOK AT MURRAY STATE The Thoroughbreds of Murray State enter the week with a 14-15 record and is coming off a weekend series loss at the hands of the Eastern Illinois Panthers at home. • Murray State bats at a .275 clip this season with four home runs and 161 RBI through 29 games. • Tyler Lawrence leads the offense with a .319 average and a team-leading 23 RBI this season. • As a staff, Murray State holds a 4.81 ERA with 108 walks and 197 strikeouts through 262.0 IP.
REBELS vs. MEMPHIS The Rebels and Tigers have faced each other 140 times with the Rebels holding an 89-51 advantage in the all-timer series. Memphis won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season 4-1 in Oxford. • The series has been played since the 1916 season when the Rebels won both games of the series. • Ole Miss holds an 18-8 lead in the series in games played through the Mike Bianco era. • The Rebels have gone 4-6 against the Tigers in the last 10 games played in the series.
THROUGH 33 GAMES IN 2013 Through 33 games a year ago, the Rebels had posted a 23-10 record and were coming off a midweek loss to Mississippi State in the Governor’s Cup game. Ole Miss was hitting at a .276 clip with 10 home runs and 165 RBI, while going 31-of-51 in steal attempts. The Rebel pitching staff was holding to a 2.81 ERA and a .245 opponent’s batting average. Pitchers had allowed 123 walks with 252 strikeouts in 298.0 innings.
MULTIPLE-HIT, MULTIPLE-RBI GAMES Will Allen, Austin Anderson and Auston Bousfield have paced the Rebel offense through the season, leading the squad in multiple-hit games. All three players have posted multiple-hit games in the double digits with 13 each. All told, the Rebels have four players in double-digits when it comes to multiple-hit games as Orvis (11) round out the offensive leaders.
The duo of Allen and Bousfield also lead the way in multiple-RBI games as Allen has tallied seven multiple-RBI games and Bousfield has added six multiple-RBI games.
HIT STREAKS HEADED INTO THE WEEK Four players hold significant hit streaks heading into the week, all of them having hit safely in four or more consecutive games: Sikes Orvis (7), J.B. Woodman (6), Auston Bousfield (4) and Errol Robinson (4) hold the longest hit streaks on the team heading into the midweek contest at Memphis.
FINDING A WAY ON BASE Several Rebels also saw a streak of reaching base snapped against the Golden Eagles on March 25. Austin Anderson had reached in 24 consecutive games, while Auston Bousfield had reached in 20 straight games. Will Allen also saw his 13-game streak of reaching base snapped.
REBELS BEST WHEN SCORING EARLY Ole Miss has been best when scoring early this season, posting a 18-4 record when scoring first and an 11-3 mark when scoring in the first inning. The Rebels have also been proficient at the plate while starting pitching holds opponents down. Ole Miss is outscoring opponents 66-to-25 through the first three innings. The Rebels have scored an impressive 33 runs in the first inning and 24 in the third.
WALK-OFF WINS The Rebels had a solid third week of play, posing four consecutive walk-off wins on the way to an undefeated week. Ole Miss beat ULM in the ninth in back-to-back games before taking the first two games of the UCF series with a 13-inning win and a 10-inning win. The Rebels then improved to 5-0 in walk-off games this season with a 10-inning win over UALR in the series opener.
Ole Miss is 6-2 in games decided by a walk-off hit after falling at No. 1 South Carolina 5-4 in 10-innings in the opening weekend of SEC play and falling 5-4 in 10 innings at Alabama this past weekend. The Rebels picked up the most recent walk-off with an 8-5 win over Auburn in 13-innings.
SOLID BULLPEN WORK LEADS TO SUCCESS Ole Miss’ bullpen has been incredibly efficient through the first six weeks of the season, continuing to hold teams in check down the stretch. Through 115.2 innings of relief work this season, the Rebel bullpen holds a 2.19 ERA as those pitchers have combined to allow only 24 earned runs in that time. The staff has kept runs from scoring, inheriting 71 runners and allowing only 11 to score this year.
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