#17 Ole Miss (26-12, 7-8 SEC) at Tennessee (17-18, 5-10 SEC)
Date: April 19-21, 2013 Times: 5:00 p.m./3:00 p.m./1:00 p.m. (All Times Central) Location: Knoxville, Tenn. Venue: Lindsey Nelson Stadium Capacity: 3,800 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 41-34-1 In Knoxville: Tennessee leads 12-15 Last Meeting: UM swept the 2012 series in Oxford Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network Television: ESPNU (Sunday Only) Announcers: Tom Hart & Chris Burke Live Video: OleMissSports.com Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE MISS QUICK HITS Ole Miss continued to be ranked nationally in week 10 of competition, topping out in the charts at No. 17 (USAToday/ESPN Coaches), No. 20 in Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball and No. 21 in Baseball America. The Rebels are now 19-4 in non-conference games after falling to Memphis and Southern Miss earlier this week. Ole Miss is coming off a series sweep of #22 Alabama, the second sweep of a nationally-ranked team this year. Senior OF Tanner Mathis delivered the game-winning hit in the 11th inning on Sunday to clinch a series sweep of UA. The Rebels have played 15 games against nationally-ranked teams and are 9-7 with three series wins - two sweeps. Ole Miss has posted a sweep in five of its six series wins this season, the only non sweep coming at #11 Arkansas. Austin Anderson continues to be a tough at bat for opposing pitchers with seven strikeouts through 127 at bats. Auston Bousfield has produced well in the last three games, going 7-for-11 and 4-for-4 on Monday night at Memphis. Will Allen has been seeing the ball well in SEC play, leading the team with a .304 average and a .446 slug percentage. Quick starts are key for the Rebels' succcess as Ole Miss has outscored foes 116-48 through first four innings. Ole Miss has now played four extra-inning games this year, posting a 3-1 record in those games in extra frames.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 5:00 PM UT - Aaron Quillen, Fr., RHP Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP NOTING WAHL: Wahl makes his 10th start of the season with a 7-0 record when he takes the mound on Friday night vs. the Vols. Despite having two 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 .196 batting average against through 57.2 innings of work. In five outings vs. ranked teams, Wahl is 4-0 with a 0.53 ERA, one shutout and a .160 opponent batting average. Last season vs. UT, Wahl picked up the win and allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts through 7.0 IP.
SATURDAY, 3:00 PM UT - Nick Williams, Jr., RHP Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP NOTING MAYERS: Mayers makes his 10th start of the season Saturday with a 2-4 record after a tough luck month on the mound. In his last four starts, Mayers has allowed only 8 earned runs and dropped a pair of 2-1 games (TAMU, #2 VU). In the starts vs. #24 TAMU, #2 Vanderbilt and #22 Alabama, Mayers has allowed only 4 ER but taken no win. Mayers holds a 2.98 ERA with an opposing batting average of .47 and 17 earned runs allowed over 51.1 IP.
SUNDAY, 1:00 PM (ESPNU) UT - Zack Godley, Sr., RHP Ole Miss - Sam Smith, Soph., RHP NOTING SMITH: Smith makes his ninth start of the season when he takes the mound in the series-finale on Sunday afternoon. The RHP has made 7 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 6-2 in games Smith has started.
REBELS vs. TENNESSEE Ole Miss and Tennessee have faced off 76 times in the history of the two programs with the Rebels holding a 41-34-1 advantage in the all-time series that was first played in the 1907 season in Oxford. The Rebels and Vols didn't play in Knoxville until the 1988 season, according to Ole Miss records. Ole Miss leads the all-time series with the bulk of the early games in the rivalry being played in Oxford. Since the first trip to Knoxville in 1988, the series has been played nine times on campus at Tennessee. The Rebels lead the series 20-12 in the Mike Bianco era with six series wins that includes three sweeps. Ole Miss is 7-8 in games played in Knoxville in the Bianco era but the Rebels have won 3-of-5 series at UT.
A LOOK AT TENNESSEE Tennessee enters the weekend with an overall record of 17-18 and is coming off a series win on the road at No. 13 Kentucky over the weekend and a midweek win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. The Vols won the final two games of the UK series 10-9 and 5-0 before beating the Hokies 5-4. Tennessee is batting at a .281 clip with 172 RBI, 202 runs scored and eight home runs this season. Will Maddox is one of four Vols hitting over .300, batting at a .357 clip with 17 RBI as the top hitter for UT. The Volunteer offense steals bases at a clip of 61 steals on 85 attemtps as an offense that pressures foes. As a pitching staff, UT holds a 5.22 ERA with 221 strikeouts and 137 walks and foes hit at a .281 clip against. Zack Godley is the top pitcher for the Vols with a 3-4 record, a 3.26 ERA and two complete-game shutouts.
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 116-to-48 margin. Ole Miss is 21-4 when scoring first this season and is 14-2 when scoring in the first inning.
ANDERSON TOUGH TO STRIKE OUT Through 36 games and 127 at bats this season, Austin Anderson has struck out only seven times. His first strikeout came in the final at bat of the first game at #11 Arkansas, 20 games into the season. Anderson ranks 14th nationally in the NCAA and tops in the SEC 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 18 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. Will Allen (11), Austin Anderson (11) and Auston Bousfield (11) are behind him in multiple hit games this season.
STREAKING REBELS TO WATCH Entering into this weekend's series at Tennessee, the Rebels have 10 players who hit safely in their last game played and are paced by a pair of Rebels who have hit streaks of multiple games heading into the series. Auston Bousfield and Preston Overbey both have hit in three consecutive games to lead Ole Miss in that cateogry. Eight other Rebels hit safely in their last game played and are seeking new hit streaks this weekend.
OPPONENTS WITH THEIR BACKS AGAINST THE WAHL Friday night starter Bobby Wahl has been tremendous for the Rebels this season, working his way to a 7-0 record through nine starts with two no decisions. In those nine starts, Wahl has held opponents to one earned run or less in seven outings - and one time with two earned runs. In his two no decisions, Wahl allowed two earned runs in a quality start at Florida and no earned runs in a quality start against No. 2 Vanderbilt. The Rebels did not trail in either of those games when Wahl left the game despite him taking no decision.
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