Road Rebs Head to South Carolina for Key SEC Series
May 4, 2018


FRIDAY - 6 p.m. CT SATURDAY - 3 p.m. SUNDAY - 11 a.m. CT
PROJECTED STARTERS
Ole Miss: LHP Ryan Rolison 
6-3, 3.26 ERA, 66.1 IP
SOUTH CAROLINA: RHP Logan Chapman
3-0, 4.53 ERA, 43.2 IP
PROJECTED STARTERS
Ole Miss: RHP Brady Feigl
7-3, 3.23 ERA, 64.0 IP
SOUTH CAROLINA: RHP Adam Hill
4-5, 4.94 ERA, 51.0 IP
PROJECTED STARTERS
Ole Miss: RHP James McArthur 
5-0, 3.93 ERA, 50.1 IP
SOUTH CAROLINA: RHP Cody Morris
6-3, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP

GAMES 47-49
Date: May 4-6
First Pitch: Fri: 6 p.m. | Sat: 3 p.m. | Sun: 11 a.m.
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Venue: Founders Park (8,242)
Dimensions: L-325, C-400, R-325
TV: Fri./Sat: SEC Network+ | Sun: SEC Network
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, Play-by-Play
     Keith Kessinger, Analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
Series History: South Carolina leads 35-23
Last Meeting: Mar. 24-26, 2016 
     No. 10 South Carolina Swept in Oxford

LEADING OFF
• No. 3 Ole Miss enters this weekend eyeing its sixth SEC series win of the season, taking two of three in thrilling fashion from LSU last weekend and two of three from Georgia the week prior.
• Ole Miss rolled past UAPB on Wednesday to close its home midweek slate at a perfect 8-0.
• Ole Miss climbed the rankings once again, topping out at No. 3 according to Baseball America, matching the team’s highest ranking this season. The Rebels are a consensus top-five team, ranked as such by ESPN/USA Today, D1Baseball and Perfect Game. 
• The Rebels are tied for the third-most wins in college baseball, behind only Tennessee Tech (37) and Florida (36).
• The Ole Miss offense has scored the 12th-most runs (332) in the country and the second-most in the SEC.
• Ole Miss has scored 101 more runs on 81 more hits than this point last year. The Rebel offense has added 23 more doubles, 10 more home runs and 97 more RBI. Ole Miss has also struck out 60 fewer times than it did through 46 games last season. 
• Every Rebel batter who has started a game has hit a home run this season. In total 14 different Rebs have gone yard this year.
• Of the Rebels’ 11 defeats this season, nine have come by two runs or fewer and 10 have come by a three-run margin or less.
• The Rebels are one of three teams in college baseball to rank in the top 40 nationally in ERA, batting average and fielding percentage.
• The Rebel pitching staff is No. 1 in the SEC in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.94. Ole Miss is second in the league with 435 strikeouts and third with 148 walks issued.
Thomas Dillard is one of just two players in the SEC with more than 45 RBI and runs scored with 47 apiece.
Ryan Olenek is on a 20-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the SEC. He’s hitting .474 in league play, the conference’s best mark. He is statistically the toughest player to strike out in the league with just 11 K on the season.
Ryan Rolison is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last two road starts. Over 12.2 innings, he has allowed three runs allowed and 12 hits and five walks with 17 strikeouts.

PROBABLE STARTERS
Friday • 6 p.m. 
LHP Ryan Rolison (Ole Miss) | 6-3, 3.26 ERA, 66.1 IP
RHP Logan Chapman (South Carolina) | 3-0, 4.53 ERA, 43.2 IP

ROLISON NOTES 
• Last two road starts: 2-0, 2.13 ERA, 12.2 IP, 3 R, 17 K, 5 BB
• Eight starts with six or more strikeouts this season; seven with eight-plus strikeouts
• Fifth-most strikeouts in the SEC (82), 43rd in the country
• Averaging 11.13 strikeouts per nine innings, 60th in the nation, fifth in SEC
• SEC Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 19)
• Struck out a career-high 12 in the season opener vs. Winthrop
• 12 K were the most in an opener since Lance Lynn had 12 back in 2008
• Named Preseason All-American by four different outlets | Golden Spikes Award Watch List
•  No. 2 2018 MLB Draft prospect according to D1Baseball
•  2017 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
•  Four different outlets have him No. 12 or higher in 2018 MLB Draft projections

Saturday • 3 p.m.
RHP Brady Feigl (Ole Miss) | 7-3, 3.23 ERA, 64.0 IP
RHP Adam Hill (South Carolina) | 7-3, 3.12 ERA, 49.0 IP

FEIGL NOTES 
• Tied for 20th in the NCAA and fifth in the SEC with seven wins on the season
• Last two outings: 12.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
• Tied season-high with nine strikeouts last week against an LSU team that entered the weekend with the fewest strikeouts in the SEC.
• Allowed just two hits in 5.1 IP at Vanderbilt
• Named National Pitcher of the Month for February by NCBWA
• Lefties are batting just .225 vs. Feigl this season. Hitters are just .237 against him with two outs.
• Has induced more groundouts (85) than any Rebel pitcher this season, including 5 GDPs.
• Registered five three-up, three-down innings in Game 2 win at Long Beach State
•  Selected in 35th round of 2017 MLB Draft by L.A. Angels
•  Freshman All-American (Louisville Slugger) in 2016

Sunday • 11 a.m.
RHP James McArthur (Ole Miss) | 5-0, 3.93 ERA, 50.1 IP
RHP Cody Morris (South Carolina) | 6-3, 4.70 ERA, 53.2 IP

McARTHUR NOTES 
• Fewest hits allowed per nine innings among Rebel starters at 6.97.
• Has allowed just 11 hits (.149) with runners on base.
• Has allowed only nine hits (.167) with two outs.
• Has pitched into more flyouts (72) than any other pitcher on staff.
• Right-handed hitters are batting .192 against McArthur.
•  Returns as the pitcher with the most starts from 2017 (12).
•  Ranked ninth in the SEC in opponent average (.209) a year ago.
•  Freshman All-American (Louisville Slugger) in 2016

SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
• South Carolina has swept its last two home series, taking three from both Tennessee and LSU.
• The Gamecocks are coming off a series win at Vanderbilt, winning the first and third games against the Commodores.
• USC has won six of its last seven games. The Gamecocks did not have a midweek game this week.
• The Gamecocks have hit well for power this season, ranking 10th nationally with 57 homers on the year.
• Five Gamecock starters are batting over. 300 this season, led by TJ Hopkins at a .358 mark.
• LT Tolbert has produced more runs than any Gamecock this season with 35 RBI and 32 runs scored, both team-highs.
• Carlos Cortes has provided the most pop in the USC lineup with 12 home runs on the season.
• USC’s Saturday starter, Adam Hill, is its strikeout leader with 73 on the year. He’s 13th in the nation and first in the SEC, averaging 12.88 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s also 15th/2nd, allowing just 5.47 hits per nine.

SERIES HISTORY
South Carolina holds the all-time series lead over Ole Miss at 35-23, including an 18-9 advantage in Columbia. The Gamecocks swept the Rebels in their last series, which came in Oxford in 2016. Ole Miss exacted revenge later that season, downing USC 10-4 in the SEC tournament. The Rebels last traveled to Columbia in 2015, where they took one of three from the top-ranked Gamecocks. The last series win for Ole Miss over USC came in 2011 in Oxford. The Rebels haven’t won a series in Columbia since 1995.

ON THE RECORD
Ole Miss is tied for the third-most wins in college baseball, behind only Tennessee Tech (37-6) and Florida (36-10). The Rebels are tied for fifth in the nation in win percentage at .761. Ole Miss trails just Florida in the SEC for the most wins, fewest losses and best win percentage. Only six teams in NCAA Division I have fewer losses than the Rebels (11).

SWAYZE CRAZY
Ole Miss is No. 2 in the nation in both total and average attendance. Rebel Nation is filling Swayze at an average of 8,772 per game for a total of 254,391 fans so far this season, trailing just LSU nationally.

Ole Miss has won its last 10 series at Swayze Field. The Rebels have also won their last eight series against ranked teams in front of the Swayze Crazies. The Rebels are 25-4 at home this season, including a perfect 8-0 in midweek games.

ALL THREE PHASES
Ole Miss is one of just three teams in college baseball to rank in the Top 40 nationally in ERA, batting average and fielding percentage. The Rebels are 40th in ERA, 16th in batting average and 10th in fielding percentage. The list includes UCLA and St. John’s.

PLAYMAKERS
Ole Miss is No. 10 in the nation, fourth in the SEC in fielding percentage at .981. The Rebels are on pace for a program record in that category. 

REBS RECOGNIZED
Ole Miss added its fourth SEC Weekly Honor of year last week as Tyler Keenan was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second straight week. He’s the first Rebel ever to earn FOTW honors in back-to-back weeks, and he joins Alex Yarbrough as the only two Rebels to win the award twice.

The week prior, closer Parker Caracci was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after earning the save in all three of the Rebels’ wins. Keenan was named SEC co-Freshman of the Week after hitting the game-deciding home run in Game 3 against Arkansas. Last, Caracci also earned Midseason All-American honors from Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.

Brady Feigl was named NCBWA’s Pitcher of the Month for February after his torrid start to the season. Ryan Rolison earned the first Pitcher of the Week award of the season in the SEC after mowing down Winthrop in the Rebels’ season opener.

ALL STRIKES, NO WALKS
Ole Miss is No. 1 in the SEC in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.94, good for 10th in the nation. With 435 strikeouts, the Rebels are second SEC just behind Missouri (439). The Rebes have issued just 143 walks, the third-best figure in the league behind Florida and Texas A&M (140).

REBS RAISE THE BAR
Compared to last season, the Rebels have found another level of production at the plate. Through 46 games this season, Ole Miss has scored 101 more runs on 81 more hits than this point last year. The Rebel offense has added 23 more doubles, 10 more home runs and 97 more RBI. Ole Miss has also struck out 60 fewer times than it did through 46 games last season. The Rebels are batting nearly .050 points better and slugging just shy of .080 points better than they did a year ago.

REBS ARE RUNNIN’
Ole Miss is 12th in college baseball in runs scored with 332. The Rebels are second in the SEC in that category, just behind Florida (336). They’ve scored nine or more runs in three of their last four games.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Of the Rebels’ 35 wins this season, 15 have been come-from-behind victories. 

CLOSE CALLS
Of the Rebels’ 11 losses this season, 10 have come by three runs or fewer, and nine have come by either one or two runs.

MIDWEEK WINNERS
Ole Miss closed its home midweek slate at a perfect 8-0. The Rebels are 12-1 overall in midweek games with one remaining on May 15 at Arkansas State. A win there and they’ll match their best midweek record of all-time, 13-1 (.929) set in 2002. 

OLE MISS MASH
The 2018 Ole Miss offense is on pace to be one of the program’s best. Hitting .301 now on the season, the Rebels are vying to be the first team since 2009 to hit over .300 for the season. The 2009 club hit .310 as one of the most prolific hitting clubs in program history. The Rebels hit over .300 in four of five seasons from 2005-09, highlighted by a program record .321 in 2005. At .301, Ole Miss is up to third in the SEC and 16th in the nation. The Rebels rank in the top 25 nationally in nine offensive categories.

DOUBLE TROUBLE
Ole Miss is No. 13 in the nation with 97 doubles on the year. The Rebels are No. 3 the SEC in that category behind Florida and Kentucky. They’re No. 27 in the nation and third in the league with 2.11 doubles per game. To this point last season, the Rebels had just 74 doubles, and they had 96 all of last year.

BOMBS AWAY
Ole Miss has been one of the best power-hitting teams in college baseball this season. The Rebels are No. 13 nationally in slugging percentage at .473. They’re 16th in the nation and fifth in the SEC with 52 home runs on the season. The Rebels are averaging 1.13 homers per game, good for 19th in the country and fifth in the conference.

Thomas Dillard leads Ole Miss with 10 homers on the year. Nick Fortes and Cole Zabowski are next with eight and seven, respectively. Four Rebels—Fortes, Dillard, Will Golsan and Chase Cockrell—boast multi-homer games this year. Golsan is the only one to accomplish the feat in SEC play. Zabowski, Fortes and Tyler Keenan are tied for the team lead in homers in conference play at four apiece.

Freshman infielder Anthony Servideo notched his first career home run this week against Arkansas Pine Bluff, becoming the 14th Rebel to go yard this season. Every Rebel that has started this year has hit a home run.

RALLY ON TWO
Ole Miss has had a knack for two-out hitting this season. Of the Rebels’ 301 RBI, 106 have come with two outs, giving them more than they had all of last season (95). By comparison, the Rebel pitching staff has allowed just 59 two-out RBI. Through 46 games last season, Ole Miss had just 83 two-out RBI. 

Five Rebels have 10 or more two-out RBI this season, led by Will Golsan at 19. The senior added two more to his total this week against UAPB with a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning that served as the final nail in the coffin in a 10-3 Ole Miss win.

DILLY, DILLY!
Thomas Dillard delivered one of the biggest home runs of the 2018 season on Sunday against LSU. With the Rebels trailing 7-6 in the seventh inning, Dillard fell behind 0-2 but worked a full count before blasting a three-run home run over the right field seating to give Ole Miss just what it needed in a 9-8 win.

It took Dillard just 21 games to eclipse his home run total from all of last season, now with 10 on the year. His longest blast of the year came against Eastern Illinois. It traveled an estimated 435 feet with an astounding exit velocity of 111.7 mph—the hardest-hit ball at Swayze Field this season. Dillard and Florida’s Wil Dalton are the only two players in the SEC with more than 45 RBI and runs scored. Dillard ranks 34th nationally in runs scored and is 36th in RBI with 47 apiece.

OLEY DOESN’T MISS
Ryan Olenek is swinging one of the hottest bats in college baseball right now. The junior out of Winter Park, Florida, is on a 20-game hitting streak and has reached base in 22-straight contests. The 20-game streak, which has been on since March 22, is the longest this season for the Rebs. It is the longest active streak in the SEC and the second-longest all year in the conference behind Florida’s Jonathan India (24). During his hit streak, Olenek is batting .500 with 40 hits, 16 runs scored, seven doubles and an OPS of 1.148. He has tallied 15 multi-hit games during his current hitting streak.

Olenek is the toughest player to strike out in the SEC, having struck out just 11 times in 161 at-bats for a K rating of 14.6. Only five of those strikeouts have come in league play, where his K rating is 15.2. Looking across the nation, Olenek is 17th toughest to strike out, 16th in batting average and 37th in hits. Olenek leads the SEC in batting average (.474) and hits (36) in conference play. 

KEENAN IS KEY
Tyler Keenan has been seeing the ball as well as any freshman the country of late en route to back-to-back SEC Freshman of the Week honors for Weeks 7 and 8. Keenan is the first Rebel to win the award in back-to-back weeks, and he joins Alex Yarbrough as just the second Rebel ever to win it twice. 

Keenan hit .308 last week with two doubles and five runs scored. The freshman out of Clayton, North Carolina, reached home plate three times in the 14-3 Game 1 rout of LSU. He then ripped a leadoff double down the right field line and scored to spark a five-run rally in the seventh inning of Game 3’s 9-8 win.

The freshman has also been outstanding defensively with just one error on the year at the hot corner.

RESERVE POWER
Tim Rowe and Michael Fitzsimmons have shown great power coming off the bench for Ole Miss this season.

Rowe filled in for Ryan Olenek in right field on Tuesday night against Mississippi State, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. he also made an incredible catch as he crashed into the right field wall to prevent several runs from crossing the plate. That started a tremendous week in which Rowe went 8-for-14 (.571) with five doubles and three RBI. Rowe smoked a double down the right field line to score Tyler Keenan and fuel a five-run game-winning rally in the seventh inning of the Rebels’ 9-8 Game 3 win over LSU.

Fitzsimmons came through with a go-ahead pinch-hit double in the ninth inning in that midweek game against MSU, his second outstanding clutch performance off the bench this season. Fitzsimmons also blasted a pinch-hit grand slam against Texas A&M.


 

 

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