Date: May 14, 2013 Times: 6:00 p.m. Location: Hattiesburg, Miss. Venue: Pete Taylor Park Capacity: 5,036 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss leads 71-44 Last Meeting: UM fell 2-1 at Trustmark Park Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network Television: None Live Stats: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
OLE MISS QUICK HITS Ole Miss continued to be ranked nationally in the final week of the regular season, moving up as high as No. 14 (USAToday/ESPN Coaches), No. 18 (NCBWA), No. 20 (Collegiate Baseball/Perfect Game) and No. 23 (BA). The Rebels are now 21-4 in non-conference games with one non-conference game remaining on the schedule. Ole Miss is coming off a series win over No. 13 Mississippi State in Oxford, including a 3-0 shutout of the Bulldogs. Stuart Turner and Bobby Wahl were both named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List a week ago. Wahl and Turner were both named as finalists for the 2013 C Spire "Boo" Ferriss Award on Monday afternoon. Turner remained on the Bench Award Watch List at the midseason mark as a candidate for the nation's top catcher. Senior RHP Brett Huber was named to the midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List honoring the nation's top closer. Ole Miss has posted a sweep in 6-of-8 series wins this season, winning 2-1 vs. #11 Arkansas and #13 Miss. State. Mike Mayers was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week following the 3-0 shutout of Mississippi State to open the series. Quick starts are key for the Rebels' success as Ole Miss has outscored foes 153-69 through the first four innings. The Rebels are 26-6 this season when scoring first and are 16-3 when scoring a run in the first inning.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS TUESDAY, 6:00 PM USM - A.J. Glasshof, Jr., LHP Ole Miss - Jacob Waguespack, Fr., RHP NOTING WAGUESPACK: Waguespack makes his first start of the season when he takes the mound Tuesday night at Southern Miss. The right-hander holds a 1.42 ERA through four appearances and 6.1 innings pitched in those outings. Waguespack has allowed one earned run on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Missed first several weeks of the season due to tendonitis and worked his way back into the lineup after rehab.
A LOOK AT SOUTHERN MISS Southern Miss enters the Tuesday night contest with an overall record of 26-23 and is coming off a series loss to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville this past weekend. Issac Rodriguez leads USM at the plate with a .349 average and tied for the team lead with 34 runs. Mason Robbins holds a team-high 35 RBI, while Blake Brown has hit a team-high six home runs. As a team, the Golden Eagles hit at a .269 clip with 16 home runs, 215 RBI and 245 runs scored. LHP A.J. Glasshof holds an 0-2 record with a 4.12 ERA, 10 strikeouts and eight walks in 19.2 IP. Glasshof is expected to make the start against the Rebels on Tuesday night in Hattiesburg. As a staff, USM holds a 3.69 ERA with 371 strikeouts, 181 walks and .255 opponent batting average.
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 153-to-69 margin. Ole Miss is 27-7 when scoring first this season and is 17-4 when scoring in the first inning. The Rebels outscore foes 55-21 in the first and 34-8 in the third 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 24 multiple-hit games and 14 multiple-RBI games. Eleven Rebels have posted multiple-hit games in 2013, while 12 Rebels have posted multiple-RBI games this season. Andrew Mistone (16), Austin Anderson (14) and Auston Bousfield (14) are behind him in multiple hit games this season. Will Allen (12), Tanner Mathis (11) and Sikes Orvis (10) make seven Rebels with double-digit multiple-hit games this season.
STREAKING REBELS TO WATCH Entering into this midweek contest with Southern Miss, the Rebels have five players who hit safely in their last game played and are paced by two Rebels who have hit streaks of multiple games heading into the series. Tanner Mathis (3) and Andrew Mistone (3) lead the way, while Preston Overbey (2), Will Allen (1) and Stuart Turner (1) all have hit streaks heading into the game with the Golden Eagles.
TURNER, WAHL NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2013 C SPIRE "BOO" FERRISS AWARD Stuart Turner and Bobby Wahl continued to find themselves on lists honoring some of the nation's top players when they were announced as two of the five finalists for the 2013 C Spire "Boo" Ferriss Award on Monday. The award, honoring the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi, is presented annually by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Prior winners from Ole Miss include Stephen Head (2004), Brian Pettway (2005), Scott Bittle (2008) and Drew Pomeranz (2010). Prior finalists include Zack Cozart (2007), Bittle (2009) and Alex Yarbrough (2012).
MAYERS NAMED SEC CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK Junior right-hander Mike Mayers was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on May 13 following a series win over No. 13 Mississippi State. In a relief appearance following a suspended game in the series opener, Mayers worked 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits as Ole Miss down the Bulldogs 3-0. It marked the first time this season Mississippi State had been shut out.
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