#10 Ole Miss (33-13, 13-8 SEC) vs. Arkansas (29-18, 10-11 SEC)
Date: May 2-4, 2014 Location: Oxford, Miss. Venue: Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field Capacity: 10,323 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss trails 34-40 Last Series Meeting: Ole Miss won 2-1 in `13 Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network Television: FSN (Saturday); CSS (Sunday Announcers: Dave Neal & Nick Belmonte (FSN) Richard Cross & Rusty Ensor (CSS) Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Live Video: www.WatchRebelVision.com (Fri) www.ESPN3.com (Sat./Sun.) Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
QUICK HITS Ole Miss found itself in the top 25 of the national rankings for the 10th consecutive week, topping out at No. 10. The Rebels are second in the SEC in batting (.308), second in home runs (33) and second in scoring (285 runs). Ole Miss is fourth in ERA as a staff (2.48) and has posted 33 wins through the first 11 weeks of competition. Three Rebels rank in the top three in the SEC in hits: Bousfield (1st - 73), Allen (2nd - 67) and Anderson (T3rd - 63) Bousfield was named SEC Player of the Week and the NCBWA Hitter of the Week after his .714 outing at Kentucky. Will Allen is second in the SEC in RBI (50) and is tied for third in the league in home runs (7) this season. Sikes Orvis is second in the SEC in home runs (11) and has hit in 19 consecutive SEC games entering the week. Bousfield leads the SEC in hits (73) and is in the top five in average (2nd), runs (3rd), bases (3rd) and steals (5th). The 39 runs scored at Kentucky was the most in a three-game SEC series in school history for the Rebels.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 6:30 PM UA - Trey Killian, So., RHP OLE MISS - Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP NOTING ELLIS: Ellis has settled in as the anchor for the Rebels' weekend, moving into the Friday role his junior season. The RHP has seven quality starts on the year, including two shutouts and a complete-game vs. GSU. Ellis has not allowed an earned run in 5-of-11 starts this season and holds a 1.81 ERA in 11 starts. The junior has allowed 22 walks with 46 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .245 batting average.
SATURDAY 2:15 PM (FSN) UA - Jalen Beeks, Jr., LHP OLE MISS - Christian Trent, So., LHP NOTING TRENT: Trent makes his 12th start of the season when he takes the mound against UA this Saturday. The LHP has allowed only 12 walks through 72.0 innings of work and 11 starts this season. Trent is 6-0 on the season with wins vs Stetson, Georgia State, Missouri, Auburn, LSU and Kentucky. The sophomore holds a .223 batting average against and his 58 strikeouts is eighth in the SEC. Trent threw a complete-game shutout against Auburn with a career-high seven strikeouts.
SUNDAY, 1:30 PM (CSS) UA - Chris Oliver, Jr., RHP OLE MISS - Sam Smith, Jr., RHP NOTING SMITH: Smith continues to anchor the final spot in the weekend rotation for the Rebels in his junior season. The right-hander has allowed 22 runs in 11 starts while working 64.2 innings in those outings. Smith has only taken five losses in his last 30 starts for the Rebels across the last three seasons. The RHP saw a streak of eight consecutive quality starts snapped at Kentucky this past weekend.
A LOOK AT ARKANSAS The Razorbacks enter the weekend with an overall record of 29-18 and are 10-11 in SEC play after dropping last weekend's series with Auburn in Fayetteville. Arkansas is hitting at a .263 clip with 20 home runs and 218 RBI on 239 runs scored this season. Brian Anderson paces the offense with a .329 average, four home runs and 39 RBI to lead the team. As a staff, UA holds a 2.28 ERA with 149 walks, 320 strikeouts and .204 opponent batting average. Trey Killian holds a 2-7 record with a 2.30 ERA, 12 walks and 36 strikeouts in nine starts this year. Jalen Beeks holds a 5-3 record with a 1.60 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 16 walks in 11 starts the Hogs. Chris Oliver is 5-4 on the season with a 3.05 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 23 walks in 11 starts for UA.
REBELS vs. ARKANSAS The Rebels and Razorbacks have faced each other 74 times in the history of the two programs with Ole Miss trailing 34-40 lead in the all-time series with Arkansas. The two teams first met in 1982 with the Rebels dropping a single game 7-2 in Fayetteville. Ole Miss holds a 25-20 lead on the Razorbacks under head coach Mike Bianco the last 13 seasons. The Rebels won last season's series 2-1 in Fayetteville to open Southeastern Conference play. Ole Miss is 8-10 against the Razorbacks in games played in Oxford since the 2001 season.
THROUGH 46 GAMES IN 2013 Through 46 games a year ago, the Rebels had posted a 32-14 record and were coming off a midweek win over Saint Louis and heading into a weekend series with Auburn. Ole Miss was hitting at a .279 clip with 16 home runs and 228 RBI, while going 37-of-67 in steal attempts. The Rebel pitching staff was holding to a 2.61 ERA and a .230 opponent's batting average. Pitchers had allowed 165 walks with 334 strikeouts in 418.0 innings.
BOUSFIELD NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK Ole Miss notched its second SEC Player of the Week on April 28 following a series sweep of Kentucky on the road. Auston Bousfield earned the distinction after hitting .714 against the Wildcats with four doubles and a home run. He also tallied eight runs and seven RBI with a .765 on base percentage for the weekend. He was also named national Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA.
BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST Will Allen was one of 60 players nationally to find himself on the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award when the Greater Wichita Sports Commission released the initial watch list for 2014. Allen took over catching duties this season after 2013 Johnny Bench Award winner Stuart Turner was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the MLB Draft.
GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST Junior right-hander Chris Ellis was named to the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball when the organization released the list of 50 candidates recently. He is the most recent Rebel to be a candidate for the award, joining previous candidates such as Drew Pomeranz, Stuart Turner, Alex Yarbrough and Stephen Head.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST Ellis also found himself on the initial watch list for the Pitcher of the Year award when the College Baseball Foundation announced the list of 47 pitchers in April. Redshirt sophomore Christian Trent also found himself on the list, giving the Rebels two players on the watch list. South Carolina was the only other SEC team with two players on the lits.
BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST Freshman shortstop Errol Robinson found himself on the initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award honoring the nation's top shortstop. The rookie is one of five freshman nationally to be named to the 32-man list released by the College Baseball Foundation in conjunction with the release of the Pitcher of the Year Watch list.
Allen leads the way in multiple-RBI games with 13, while Orvis (9), Anderson (8), Bousfield (8) and Overbey (6) have all posted five or more multiple-RBI games as well.
HIT STREAKS HEADED INTO THE WEEKEND Auston Bousfield (17) enters the week with the longest hit streak of the season - and longest active hit streak - for the Rebels.
Sikes Orvis paces the team in Southeastern Conference games, having hit safely in 19 consecutive conference games heading into the Arkansas series this weekend. Auston Bousfield has hit safely in 12 consecutive games in conference play for the only other significant streak.
FINDING A WAY ON BASE Orvis hold the longest streak of reaching base for the Rebs heading into the weekend with Arkansas at 20 straight games - a season-long for the junior. Auston Bousfield is right behind them with 17 straight games of reaching base.
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 14 seasons. The excitement and energy generated by Rebel fans has helped the squad post a record of 351-130-1 at Swayze Field for a .729 winning percentage in that time.
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