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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 Perfect Game and NCBWA and No. 23 in Baseball America. The Rebels are moved to 19-2 in non-conference games this season with five non-conference games remaining. Sikes Orvis has heat up in SEC play this season, leading the team at the plate with a 306 batting average. Stuart Turner is now hitting .412 for the season and is 6-for-10 over the last two games as he heats up at the plate. 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 five strikeouts this season. Aaron Greenwood has now worked 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings and allowed one run over the last 12.2 IP. RHP Hawtin Buchanan returned to the mound against Mississippi State for his first appearance since February 20. Ole Miss is now 2-1 in extra-inning games on the season with all three extra-inning games coming in SEC play. RHP Jacob Waguespack made his first appearance of the season with 1.0 inning of relief work vs. MSU on Tuesday.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 6:30 PM UA - Charley Sullivan, Sr., RHP Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP NOTING WAHL: Wahl makes his ninth start of the season with a 6-0 record when he takes the mound on Friday night vs. Bama. Despite consecutive no decisions, the Rebels have not trailed in a game this season when he left the mound. The right-hander is holding opponents to a .212 batting average against through 51.2 innings of work. In four outings vs. ranked teams, Wahl is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA, one shutout and a .182 opponent batting average. Last season at UA, Wahl took no decision leaving the game in a 4-4 game in the sixth inning of an 11-7 win.
SATURDAY, 4:00 PM (CSS) UA - Justin Kamplain, So., LHP Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP NOTING MAYERS: Mayers makes his ninth start of the season Saturday with a 2-4 record after a tough luck month on the mound. In his last three starts, Mayers has allowed only 7 earned runs and dropped a pair of 2-1 games (TAMU, #2 VU). In the starts vs. Texas A&M and #2 Vanderbilt, Mayers allowed 2 ER across a total of 10.0 innings pitched. Mayers holds a 3.20 ERA with an opposing batting average of .258 and 16 earned runs allowed over 45.0 IP.
SUNDAY, 1:30 PM UA - Spencer Turnbull, So., RHP Ole Miss - Sam Smith, Soph., RHP NOTING SMITH: Smith makes his eighth start of the season when he takes the mound in the series-finale on Sunday afternoon. The RHP has made six weekend starts, missing only starts vs. #12 TCU and at Florida as RHP Chris Ellis started. Smith holds a 2-0 record with a 4.40 ERA through 28.2 IP and has 14 strikeouts to go along with eight walks. The sophomore picked up wins over UT-Martin and at FIU, but the Rebels are 5-0 in games Smith has started.
REBELS vs. ALABAMA Ole Miss and Alabama have faced off 334 times with the Crimson Tide leading the all-time series 190-142-2. The first meeting between the two teams came in the 1895 season with a pair of games played in Meridian, Miss. The Crimson Tide leads the overall series 190-142-2 in the second most played rivalry in Ole Miss history. Under head coach Mike Bianco, the Rebels lead the series 22-8 and includes seven series wins by the Rebels. The Rebels won last year's series 2-1 in Tuscaloosa with an 11-7 win on Friday and an 8-4 win on Sunday. Ole Miss is 4-2 in weekend series against Alabama in Oxford in the Bianco era.
A LOOK AT ALABAMA Alabama enters the weekend coming off a pair of midweek wins over Alcorn State after dropping a weekend series at home to Arkansas last weekend. The Crimson Tide rallied to win the final game of the series in a Thursday through Saturday series highlighted by ESPN. Alabama hits .255 as a team with nine home runs, 158 RBI and 185 runs scored on the way to a 22-13 mark. Brett Booth leads UA with a .293 batting average, a team-leading three home runs and 24 RBI. As a staff, Alabama holds a 2.88 ERA with 259 strikeouts, 135 walks and .249 opponent batting average. Friday starter Charley Sullivan is 3-2 on the year with a 2.52 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 12 walks this season.
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 109-to-43 margin. Ole Miss is 18-4 when scoring first this season and is 12-2 when scoring in the first inning.
ANDERSON TOUGH TO STRIKE OUT Through 33 games and 122 at bats this season, Austin Anderson has struck out only five times. His first strikeout came in the final at bat of the first game at #11 Arkansas, 20 games into the season. Anderson ranks fifth nationally in the NCAA as toughest hitter to strikeout entering the weekend.
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 17 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 a six-hit night against Mississippi State in Ole Miss' last outing in the Governors Cup game, the Rebels have seven players who hit safely in their last game played. Heading into this weekend's series, three players hold hit streaks of more than one game with Sikes Orvis (3) leading the way. Behind him are Will Allen (2) and Stuart Turner (2).
PROMOTIONS ABOUND AT SWAYZE FIELD IN 2013 Visitors to Oxford-University Stadium this season will have plenty to look forward to besides just some of the most exciting baseball in the country. Ole Miss Marketing has gameday promotions lined up throughout the course of the season that are sure to please the crowds. Friday night against Alabama features an inflatable bat giveaway. Fans can continue to collect the 2013 set of baseball cards on Sunday with the third set being given away at the gates.
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