#18 Ole Miss (32-14, 11-10 SEC) at Auburn (25-18, 7-14 SEC)
Date: May 3-5, 2013 Times: 6:00 p.m./2:15 p.m./1:00 p.m. Location: Auburn, Ala.. Venue: Plainsman Park Capacity: 4,096 Surface: Grass Series: Auburn leads 78-76-1 In Auburn: Auburn leads 38-32 Last Meeting: AU won series 2-1 in Oxford in 2012. Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network Television: Fox Sports (Saturday Only) Announcers: Dave Neal & Larry Conley Rebelvision: OleMissSports.com Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE 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 Baseball America. The Rebels are now 21-4 in non-conference games with one non-conference games remaining on the schedule. Ole Miss has now played 14 games decided by one run this season, posting a 7-7 record in those games. Andrew Mistone was a home run shy of the cycle Friday vs. UK, hitting an RBI single, RBI double and three-RBI triple. Mistone hit .533 for the week with 3 multiple-hit games, an .800 slug percentage and .588 on base percentage. Stuart Turner and Austin Anderson both homered on the weekend with each tallying a two-run shot in the series. Both came up big Tuesday with Turner tying the game in the 9th and Anderson with the game-winner in the 11th. Ole Miss has posted a sweep in six of its seven series wins this season, the only non sweep coming at #11 Arkansas. Christian Helsel has come on lately, starting 8 of last 9 games, making several web gems defensively in the starts. Quick starts are key for the Rebels' success as Ole Miss has outscored foes 136-61 through the first four innings. The Rebels have played in five extra-inning games this season, posting a 4-1 record in games that go extra frames.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS FRIDAY, 6:00 PM AU - Conner Kendrick, Jr., LHP Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP NOTING WAHL: Wahl makes his 12th start of the season with an 8-0 record when he takes the mound on Friday night. Despite having three no decisions, the Rebels have not trailed in a game this season when Wahl left the mound. The right-hander is holding opponents to a .182 batting average against through 73.2 innings of work. In six outings vs. ranked teams, Wahl is 4-0 with a 0.66 ERA, one shutout and a .162 opponent batting average. Last season vs. Auburn, Wahl had one unearened run in 6.0 IP with a walk and six strikeouts in a 2-1 victory.
SATURDAY, 2:15 PM (Fox Sports) AU - Michael O'Neal, Jr., LHP Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP NOTING MAYERS: Mayers makes his 12th start of the season Saturday with a 3-4 record after a tough luck month on the mound. In his last six starts, Mayers has allowed only 11 earned runs and dropped a pair of 2-1 games (TAMU, #2 VU). In the starts vs. #24 TAMU, #2 Vandy, #22 Alabama and UT Mayers has allowed only 6 ER but taken no win. Mayers holds a 2.84 ERA with an opposing batting average of .225 and 20 earned runs allowed over 63.1 IP. The junior snapped the tough luck with a win on Friday over No. 24 Kentucky in 6.0 IP with one earned run.
SUNDAY, 1:00 PM AU - TBA Ole Miss - Sam Smith, Soph., RHP NOTING SMITH: Smith makes his 11th start of the season when he takes the mound in the series-finale on Sunday afternoon. The RHP has made nine weekend starts, missing starts vs. #12 TCU and at Florida as RHP Chris Ellis started. Smith holds a 2-0 record with a 3.53 ERA through 43.1 IP and has 20 strikeouts to go along with 13 walks. The sophomore picked up wins over UT-Martin and at FIU, and the Rebels are 7-3 in games Smith has started.
REBELS vs. AUBURN Ole Miss and Auburn have face off 155 times with the Tigers holding a 78-76-1 lead in the series, taking the lead in the series with a 2-1 series win last season in Oxford. The first meeting between the two teams came in 1938 with the teams splitting a series in Oxford. Under head coach Mike Bianco, the Rebels have posted a 20-17 record against the Tigers. Ole Miss leads the series 11-7 under Bianco in games played at Auburn with sweeps in 2001, 2009. The Tigers won last season in Oxford, taking the final two games of the series after a Friday Reb win. Ole Miss trails in games played in Auburn during the history of the series 32-38.
A LOOK AT AUBURN Auburn enters the weekend series with the Rebels holding to an overall record of 25-18 and 7-14 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are coming off a series loss on the road at Missouri last weekend, taking game one before dropping both games of a Sunday doubleheader. Auburn is hitting at a .267 clip on the season with 18 home runs, 183 RBI and 204 runs scored. Garrett Cooper leads AU with a .347 batting average six home runs and 33 RBI to pace the offense. As a pitching staff, the Tigers hold a 3.27 ERA with 247 strikeouts and foes are hitting at a .250 clip. Friday starter Conner Kendrick holds a 3-2 record with a 1.94 ERA and has made five starts. Saturday starter Michael O'Neal is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA and a complete-game shutout in 11 starts. Auburn is fielding at a .966 clip with 56 errors through 43 games played 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 136-to-61 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 22 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games. Eleven Rebels have posted multiple-hit games in 2012, while 11 Rebels have also posted multiple-RBI games this season. Andrew Mistone (13) is second on the team, while Austin Anderson (12) and Auston Bousfield (12) are behind him in multiple hit games this season. Will Allen (11) and Tanner Mathis (10) bring the total to six Rebels with double-digit hit games this year.
STREAKING REBELS TO WATCH Entering into this weekend's series at Auburn, the Rebels have nine players who hit safely in their last game played and are paced by seven Rebels who have hit streaks of multiple games heading into the series. Andrew Mistone (9) leads the way, while Anderson, Christian Helsel, Will Jamison, Holt Perdzock and Stuart Turner all hold active hit streaks of three games. Tanner Mathis has a hit in back-to-back games entering the weekend.
TURNER, WAHL NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST Juniors Stuart Turner and Bobby Wahl became the most recent Rebel to find themselves as a candidate for the Golden Spikes Award Watch List when they were announced as part of the 60 midseason members of the list by USA Baseball. They join recent Rebels Alex Yarbrough (semifinalist, 2012) and Drew Pomeranz (finalist, 2010) as part of a long line of Rebel players on the watch list for the nation's top collegiate player.
MATHIS MAKES 165 CONSECUTIVE STARTS FOR THE REBELS Senior outfielder Tanner Mathis has been a mainstay in the Rebels' lineup for the last several years, posting 165 consecutive starts heading into the weekend series with Tennessee. Mathis started all 55 games as a sophomore, all 63 games as a junior and all 46 games this season. The streak dates back to the final game of the 2010 season against St. John's in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional in Charlottesville, Va., when Mathis was a freshman.
REBELS CLUTCH IN EXTRA-INNING GAMES Ole Miss has been clutch in extra-inning games this season, playing in five extra-inning affairs. The Rebels have posted a 4-1 record in those extra-inning games. Ole Miss has played four 11-inning games and one 13-inning game this season. The only game the Rebels dropped was a 7-6 decision to No. 2 Vanderbilt on April 7 in Oxford.
REBELS PLAY CLOSE GAMES, 14 DECIDED BY ONE RUN Ole Miss has played its share of close games this season in a year that has been highlighted by one-run games across the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss has played in 14 one-run games this year, posting a 7-7 record in those games. The 14 games decided by one run is second most one-run games played in the league this season. Tennessee has played in 16 one-run games to lead the league, while Texas A&M is second with 14 one-run games this year. Eight SEC teams have played at least 11 games decided by one run this season. Kentucky, the Rebels' last SEC foe, has been the most successful team in one-run decisions, posting a 9-3 record in those games.
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