No. 18 Rebels Host Saint Louis Wednesday
April 30, 2013OLE MISS QUICK HITS
Ole Miss continued to be ranked nationally in week 12 of competition, topping out in the charts at No.
18 (USAToday/ESPN Coaches), No. 21 in the NCBWA poll, No. 22 in Perfect Game and No. 24 in
The Rebels are now 20-4 in non-conference games with two non-conference games remaining on the
Ole Miss is coming off a 2-2 week with a midweek win at Arkansas State and a series loss to No. 24
Andrew Mistone was a home run shy of the cycle Friday vs. UK, hitting an RBI single, RBI double and
Mistone hit .533 for the week with 3 multiple-hit games, an .800 slug percentage and .588 on base
Stuart Turner and Austin Anderson both homered on the weekend with each tallying a two-run shot in
RHP Mike Mayers picked up the win in game two against Kentucky with his seventh quality start of the
Ole Miss has posted a sweep in six of its seven series wins this season, the only non sweep coming at
Christian Helsel has come on lately, starting 7 of last 8 games, hitting .333 in those starts with 5 RBI,
2 runs scored.
Quick starts are key for the Rebels' success as Ole Miss has outscored foes 133-55 through the first
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
WEDNESDAY, 6:30 PM
SLU - Joe Powell, Fr., RHP
Ole Miss - Josh Laxer, So., RHP
Laxer makes his eighth start of the season when he takes the mound on Wednesday against the
The right-hander is 2-0 on the season with a combined shutout and a 2.08 ERA through 39.0 innings
Laxer has taken no decision in his last four starts, with the Rebels going 2-2 in those four outings.
For the season, the right-hander has posted 20 strikeouts and 18 walks while allowing 11 runs, only
Laxer is holding opponents to a .195 batting average as he has allowed 26 hits in his time on the
REBELS vs. SAINT LOUIS
Ole Miss and Saint Louis have faced each other seven times with the Rebels holding 6-1 lead in the all-time series. The two teams first met in the 1983 season and all seven meetings have come in Oxford with the lone loss coming in the 2009 season.
The Rebels and Billikens have played three single-game sets and a pair of two-game sets all-time.
In 2010, the Rebels won 14-5 behind three hit nights from Zach Miller, Kevin Mort and Mike Snyder.
The lone loss in 2009 was a 15-11 game that saw Ole Miss mount a furious rally but come up short.
The Rebels are 3-1 against SLU under Bianco, going 2-0 in 2006, 0-1 in 2009 and 1-0 in 2010.
A LOOK AT SAINT LOUIS
Saint Louis enters the midweek contest on Wednesday with an overall record of 30-13 and is coming off a series loss at Richmond over the weekend. The Billikens dropped a one-run game to the Spiders on Friday and a two-run game on Saturday before claiming a 2-0 win Sunday to salvage the series.
Saint Louis hits at a .292 clip as a team with 27 home runs and 234 RBI though 43 games.
Grant Nelson leads the way with a .350 batting average, three home runs and 19 RBI.
Alex Kelly is the top run producer with seven home runs and 33 RBI and a .315 batting average.
Mike Vigliarolo is behind Kelly with six home runs, 32 RBI and also hits at a .315 clip on the year.
Joe Powell is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA through 14 outings; foes hit .317 vs. Powell with 19 K, 15 BB.
As a staff, Saint Louis holds a 3.60 ERA with 299 strikeouts, 155 walks and a .266 opponent BA.
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 133-to-55 margin. Ole Miss is 25-5 when scoring first this season and is 16-3 when scoring in the first inning.
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 21 multiple-hit games and 13 multiple-RBI games. Eleven Rebels have posted multiple-hit games in 2012, while 11 Rebels have also posted multiple-RBI games this season. Austin Anderson (12), Auston Bousfield (12) and Andrew Mistone (12) are behind him in multiple hit games this season. Will Allen (11) is the fifth Rebel with double-digit multiple-hit games this year.
STREAKING REBELS TO WATCH
Entering into this Wednesday's contest with Saint Louis, the Rebels have seven players who hit safely in their last game played and are paced by six Rebels who have hit streaks of multiple games heading into the series. Andrew Mistone (8) leads the way, while Anderson, Christian Helsel, Will Jamison, Holt Perdzock and Stuart Turner all hold active hit streaks of two games.
REBELS ENJOY HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE UNDER BIANCO
Ole Miss has enjoyed success on the home field under head coach Mike Bianco over the course of 13 seasons. The excitement and energy generated by Rebel fans has helped the squad post a record of 327-124-1 at Swayze Field for a .725 winning percentage in that time.
TURNER DOMINANT BEHIND THE PLATE
Opposing base runners have had trouble stealing bases with Stuart Turner behind the plate this season, as the junior college transfer has thrown out 19-of-36 base runners on steal attempts this season. Turner started the season 7-for-7 on catching base stealers. Throwing out base runners 50 percent of the time on steal attempts leads the Southeastern Conference in efficiency among regular starting catchers entering the week.
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