#14 Ole Miss (35-18, 14-13 SEC) at #2 LSU (46-7, 21-6 SEC)
Date: May 16-18, 2013 Times: 6:30 p.m./7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. Location: Baton Rouge, La. Venue: Alex Box Stadium Capacity: 10,150 Surface: Grass Series: Ole Miss trails 146-164 Last Meeting: UM dropped 2012 series 2-1 in Oxford Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network Television: ESPNU (Thursday), CST (Friday) CBS College Sports (Saturday) 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 (Baseball America). The Rebels posted a 21-5 record in non-conference games, the third best non-conference record in Bianco era. 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. Bobby Wahl remained on the Pitcher of the Year watch list when it was cut to 22 candidates on Wednesday. The Rebels are 27-7 this season when scoring first and are 17-4 when scoring a run in the first inning this year.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS THURSDAY, 6:30 PM (ESPNU) LSU - Cody Glenn, So. LHP Ole Miss - Mike Mayers, Jr., RHP NOTING MAYERS: Mayers is coming off a shutout of No. 13Mississippi State with 7.0 IP and allowed only two hits last weekend. The right-hander was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week following the performance to move to 4-4 on the year. For the year, Mayers holds a 2.87 ERA and two shutouts through 13 appearances and 75.1 innings of work. He is holding opponents to a .224 batting average and has posted 59 strikeouts to 29 walks this season. Mayers took no decision in his last start vs. LSU, working 4.0 innings in a game the Rebels rallied to win in 2012.
FRIDAY, 7:00 PM (COX SPORTS) LSU - Kurt McCune, Jr., RHP Ole Miss - Sam Smith, So., RHP NOTING SMITH: Smith moved to 3-0 with a win over No. 13 Mississippi State with a quality start against the Bulldogs in game two. The sophomore holds a 3.15 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks through 12 starts and 54.1 innings of work. Smith, a Louisiana native from Lake Charles, has never faced LSU in his Ole Miss career. The right-hander has made 11 weekend starts this season, with the Rebels posting a 7-4 mark in those starts. Smith moved into the weekend rotation after injury to RHP Chris Ellis in the preseason slowed his return.
SATURDAY, 12:00 (CBS COLLEGE SPORTS) LSU - Ryan Eades, Jr. RHP Ole Miss - Bobby Wahl, Jr., RHP NOTING WAHL: Wahl holds a 9-0 record on the season with a 1.43 ERA and 73 strikeouts, while opponents hit .177 against him. Against seven nationally-ranked foes, Wahl is 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA and a .163 opponent batting average. The junior has been named a finalist for the C Spire "Boo" Ferriss Award and Golden Spikes Award in 2013. In his four true no decisions this season, the Rebels have not trailed when Wahl left the mound this season.
REBELS vs. LSU Ole Miss and LSU have faced off 310 times with the Tigers leading the overall series 164-146 since the first meeting between the two teams in the 1906 season. It's the third most-played series for the Rebels after Mississippi State (445 meetings) and Alabama (337 meetings). Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco is 21-26 all-time against the Tigers in his coaching career. The Rebels dropped the series last season, including a 13-inning loss by one run in the opener. Ole Miss last won a series against the Tigers in Baton Rouge in the 1982 season. The last series win for the Rebels over the Tigers was a sweep in Oxford in the 2010 season.
A LOOK AT LSU LSU enters the final weekend of the regular season having locked up the SEC Western Division Championship with an overall record of 46-7 and a 21-6 mark in conference play. LSU is coming off a series win at Texas A&M and a midweek win over New Orleans. Freshman SS ALex Bregman leads the Tigers with a .393 batting average in his debut season. Mason Katz is the power and run producer with 63 RBI and 13 home runs to date for the Tigers. As a team, LSU hits at a .312 clip with 37 home runs and 326 RBI and are 46-of-68 on steals. The Tiger pitching staff has a 2.37 ERA with 412 K, 129 walks and .216 opposing batting average RHP Ryan Eades is the top pitcher expected to see action in a start this weekend with Nola out. Eades holds an 8-1 record with a 2.79 ERA, 69 strikeouts and a .265 opponents 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-73 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.
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.
WAHL NAMED TO 22 MAN WATCH LIST FOR PITCHER OF THE YEAR Ole Miss junior RHP continued to hold down a spot on the Pitcher of the Year watch list as named by the College Baseball Foundation on Wednesday when the organization trimmed the list to 22 candidates. The last Rebel pitcher to make a series run for the Pitcher of the Year watch was left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the 2010 season. Wahl is one of five candidtes from the SEC, including LSU's Aaron Nola, South Carolina's Tyler Webb and Vanderbilt's Tyler Beede and Kevin Ziomek.
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