Austin Anderson and the Rebels face Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Trustmark Park.
April 8, 2013
#18 Ole Miss (23-9) vs. #16 Mississippi State (26-9)
Date: April 9, 2013 Times: 6:30 p.m. Location: Pearl, Miss. Venue: Trustmark Park Capacity: 8,480 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss trails 203-233-5 In Non-Conference Series: Ole Miss leads 17-16 In Governor's Cup: Series Tied 3-3 Last Governor's Cup: Ole Miss won 6-3 Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network RebelVision: None Live Stats/Audio: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE MISS QUICK HITS Ole Miss continued to be ranked nationally in week nine of competition, topping out in the charts at No. 18 (USAToday/ESPN Coaches), while coming at No. 21 in Baseball America and Perfect Game and No. 23 in NCBWA. The Rebels are moved to 19-1 in non-conference games with a midweek win over Arkansas State two weeks ago. Stuart Turner came alive at the plate on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI in the finale. Turner is now hitting .409 and ranks in the top 5 in the SEC in batting average and RBI heading into the week. Junior RHP Bobby Wahl turned in another quality start with one unearned run allowed Friday against #2 Vandy. Austin Anderson continues to be a difficult task for opposing pitchers with only three strikeouts this season. Aaron Greenwood has now worked 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two relief outings vs. UF, Vandy. RHP Hawtin Buchanan could return to the mound Tuesday night in the Rebels' first midweek outing in two weeks. Ole Miss is now 2-1 in extra-inning games on the season with all three extra-inning games coming in SEC play. RHP Chris Ellis was solid in his relief outing vs. Vandy, turning in 1.2 scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts and no walks.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS TUESDAY, 6:30 PM MSU - Brandon Woodruff, So., RHP Ole Miss - Josh Laxer, So., RHP NOTING LAXER: Laxer makes his fifth start of the season in the Governor's Cup game vs. Mississippi State on Tuesday night. The RHP holds a 2-0 record and has combined for one shutout on the season as a midweek starter. In his last outing at Trustmark Park, worked 7.0 scoreless innings with five strikeouts vs. Southern Miss (5/1/12) Made his last start against Arkansas State on March 27 because of rainout in midweek last week. Holds a 2.45 ERA with 11 walks and 12 strikeouts through 25.2 innings of work, seven appearances in 2013.
REBELS vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE IN GOVERNOR'S CUP GAME Ole Miss and Mississippi State have faced each other six times in the Governor's Cup game since the series was moved to Trustmark Park and changed from the Mayor's Trophy game for the 2007 season. The series between the two teams is tied at 3-3 with the Rebels having won three of the last four games. Mississippi State claimed the first two games in the newly dubbed Governor's Cup game in 2007 and 2008. Ole Miss won last year's meeting 6-3 behind a four-run fourth inning that snapped a 1-1 game. Matt Snyder was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Tanner Mathis was 2-for-3 with a run and HBP.
A LOOK AT MISSISSIPPI STATE Mississippi State enters the midweek contest with an overall record of 26-9 and is coming off a series win at home over Southeastern Conference foe Florida. The Bulldogs won the first two games of the series before the Gators came back to win the finale on Sunday. Hunter Renfroe leads MSU with a .417 batting average, 38 RBI and 10 home runs to pace the offense. As a team, the Bulldogs hit at a .296 clip with 17 home runs, 198 RBI and 224 runs scored. Wes Rea and Brett Pirtle are the only other Bulldogs with more than one home run in the 2013 campaign. As a pitching staff, MSU holds a 2.56 ERA with 292 strikeouts, 125 walks and a .208 opponent batting average. RHP Woodruff is 1-1 on the yer with a 4.15 ERA to go along with 15 strikeouts and nine walks in six outings. Woodruff has combined for one shutout on the season and allowed 11 runs (8 earned) in 17.1 innings of work.
FAST STARTS KEY REBEL SUCCESS Quick starts to games have been a key to Rebel success this season. When the Rebels get on the board often and early, Ole Miss tends to win. Through the first four innings, Ole Miss is outscoring its opponents by a whopping 108-to-43 margin. Ole Miss is 18-3 when scoring first this season and is 12-2 when scoring in the first inning.
ANDERSON TOUGH TO STRIKE OUT Through 32 games and 119 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 16 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), Will Allen (9) and Auston Bousfield (9) are behind him in multiple hit games this season.
STREAKING REBELS TO WATCH Following the weekend series with the Vanderbilt Commodores that featured a finale with the Rebel bats starting to wake up again, the Rebels have eight players who hit safely in their last game played. Heading into this Tuesday night's game, three players hold hit streaks of more than one game with Austin Anderson (4) leading the way. Behind him are Sikes Orvis (2) and Andrew Mistone (2).
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