#10 Ole Miss (40-16) vs. Arkansas/Texas A&M at SEC Tournament
Date: May 21, 2014 Location: Hoover, Ala. Venue: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium Capacity: 10,800 Surface: Grass SEC Tournament Record: 27-27 Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network Satellite Radio: Sirius 108/XM 199 Television: Fox Sports South Announcers: Dave Neal & Larry Conley Live Stats: SECSports.com Live Video: Blacked Out On ESPN3.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB
QUICK HITS Ole Miss was in the national rankings for the 12th consecutive week, topping out at No. 10. The Rebels lead the SEC in batting (.304), third in home runs (36) and second in scoring (344). Ole Miss' weekend rotation holds a 2.59 ERA with 74 earned runs allowed in 256.2 innings pitched. Two Rebels rank in the top five in the SEC in hits: Auston Bousfield (1st - 83) and Will Allen (2nd - 80). Will Allen leads the SEC in batting average (.359) and is second in RBI (55) and seventh in home runs (7). Auston Bousfield is third in the SEC in average (.353), and is sixth in RBI (45) and runs scored (47). Sikes Orvis is second in the SEC in home runs (12) while Braxton Lee leads the league in steals this season (27). Seniors Will Allen and Austin Anderson were both named semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy by the NCBWA. RHP Chris Ellis and LHP Christian Trent finished the regular season a combined 17-0 and 13-0 in SEC play.
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REBELS PICKED SIXTH, STAND IN FIRST Ole Miss found itself in an unusual position entering the season when the Rebels were picked to finish sixth in the SEC Western Division in a vote of the league's coaches prior to the start of the season. At the end of the regular season, the Rebels have defied the prognosticators and stand in first place in the division to claim the program's third SEC Western Division title in the Mike Bianco era and the overall No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament as the second place team in the league.
REBELS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT The Rebels have played 54 games all-time in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and have posted a 27-27 record in that time. Ole Miss hosted the first SEC Tournament in 1977, claiming the title with a 4-1 record on the way. The Rebels again won the SEC Tournament in the 2006 season, going 4-0 on the way to the title. Ole Miss has advanced to the finals four times (1977, 2005, 2006, 2008) and is 2-2 in the finals. The Rebels have advanced to the semifinals or further seven times in 13 tournament appearances.
REBELS vs. THE BRACKET The Rebels have faced each team on their half of the bracket in SEC Tournament play with the exception of Texas A&M. Ole Miss has played sixth-seeded Vanderbilt the most of any team in the bracket with a 3-4 record. The Rebels have faced Arkansas five times with a 3-2 record against the Razorbacks at the tourney. Ole Miss is 3-1 against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, last facing the Vols in the 2007 event. The Rebels have faced the LSU Tigers six times with a 1-5 record, winning the one time in 2006.
REBELS vs. ARKANSAS The Rebels hosted Arkansas in the eighth week of conference play as part of a seven-game home stretch for Ole Miss to close out home play in the regular season. The Rebels picked up the series win 2-1 by claiming the first two games in the weekend series. J.B. Woodman hit .556 in the series to lead the Rebels at the plate for the weekend. Chris Ellis and Christian Trent both picked up wins in the series, while Sam Smith took the lone loss. Aaron Greenwood and Josh Laxer both picked up saves, combining for 4.0 scoreless innings in relief.
REBELS vs. TEXAS A&M The Aggies were the most recent foe for the Rebels as the two teams played each other in the final week of the regular season at Texas A&M. Ole Miss picked up a 2-1 series win, claiming the first two games of the weekend series. Will Allen led the Rebels at the plate with a .500 average (6x12) with three runs and three RBI. J.B. Woodman drove in the game-tying run and scored the go-ahead run in both of the Rebels' wins. Chris Ellis moved to 9-0 on the season and Christian Trent to 8-0 with wins to clinch the series.
THROUGH 56 GAMES IN 2013 Through 56 games a year ago, the Rebels had posted a 36-20 record and were coming off series loss at Vanderbilt. Ole Miss was hitting at a .278 clip with 23 home runs and 275 RBI, while going 43-of-78 in steal attempts. The Rebel pitching staff was holding to a 3.15 ERA and a .244 opponent's batting average. Pitchers had allowed 202 walks with 403 strikeouts in 503.0 innings.
ALLEN'S PRODUCTION UP Senior Will Allen has been solid in his offensive production this season. Through 56 games this season, the catcher has tallied seven home runs and 55 RBI, passing his total offensive production from his junior season when he hit four home runs and tallied 23 RBI.
WOODMAN NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK Ole Miss freshman outfielder/designated hitter J.B. Woodman was named the SEC Freshman of the Week by the league office on Monday after helping the Rebels to a series win on the road at Texas A&M and the SEC Western Division Title. Woodman drove in the game-tying run and scored the go-ahead run in rallies to win both Thursday and Friday's games on the way to the series win. He hit .456 for the weekend with a pair of triples and four RBI.
BENCH AWARD SEMIFINALIST 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.
When the list was pared down to 15 semifinalists this past week, Allen again made the cut to become the second straight Rebel catcher to make the semifinalist list for the award.
BOUSFIELD WINS C SPIRE "BOO" FERRISS TROPHY Junior Auston Bousfield was named as the winner of the 2014 Ferriss Trophy presented annually to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Bousfield joined four previous winners from Ole Miss, including Stephen Head, Brian Pettway, Scott Bittle and Drew Pomeranz. Bousfield was the only hitter among the five finalists in 2014. He was one of five finalists for the award that included teammate and RHP Chris Ellis.
ALLEN, BOUSFIELD ON OLSON AWARD WATCH LIST Senior C Will Allen and junior OF Auston Bousfield were tabbed by College Baseball Lineup earlier this week as two of the players named to the initial 80-man watch list for the Gregg Olson Award presented annually to the breakout player of the year in college baseball. Both players have jumped up their season production significantly compared to previous seasons to help Ole Miss' success this year.
Allen leads the way in multiple-RBI games with 14, while Bousfield (12), Orvis (11), Anderson (9) and Overbey (9) have all posted five or more multiple-RBI games as well.
HIT STREAKS HEADED INTO THE WEEK Braxton Lee (13) holds the longest active hit streak heading into the Tournament for the Rebels after Auston Bousfield saw his 21 game hit streak snapped against Georgia. Bousfield's 21 game hit streak was the longest of the season for the Rebels.
Lee also leads the way in SEC games, having hit safely in 11 consecutive conference games. Bousfield had hit safely in 16 consecutive SEC games before his streak was snapped against the Bulldogs.
FINDING A WAY ON BASE Lee also holds the longest consecutive streak of reaching base at 13 games heading into the SEC Tournament. Auston Bousfield held the longest streak of reaching base at 26 straight games - a season-long for the junior - snapped Saturday at Texas A&M. It was Bousfield's second strech of 20+ games reaching base safely.
REBELS BEST WHEN SCORING EARLY Ole Miss has been best when scoring early this season, posting a 26-9 record when scoring first and a 16-6 mark when scoring in the first inning. The Rebels have also been proficient at the plate while starting pitching holds opponents down. Ole Miss is outscoring opponents 101-to-49 through the first three innings. The Rebels have scored an impressive 50 runs in the first inning and 40 in the third.
SECOND TIME THROUGH THE LINEUP FEATURES EXPLOSIVE INNINGS Ole Miss has been even more efficient the second time through the lineup this season. In the middle innings of games, the Rebels have outscored opponents at a rate of 151-to-70 that includes explosions of 58 runs in the fifth, 51 in the sixth inning and 42 runs in the fourth inning through 56 games.
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