Rebels Open NCAA Regional Play Friday

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May 28, 2014

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#1 Seed Ole Miss (41-18) vs. #4 Seed Jacksonville State (33-25)
NCAA Oxford Regional

Date: May 30 - June 2, 2014
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Venue: Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field
Capacity: 10,323
Surface: Grass
NCAA Tournament Record: 45-39
Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network
Television/Live Video: ESPN3/ESPN Bases Loaded Coverage
Announcers: Mike Morgan & Dave Perno
Live Stats: www.OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissBSB

QUICK HITS
• Ole Miss is in the top 25 of the national rankings for the 13th consecutive week, topping out at #12.
• The Rebels are tops in the SEC in batting (.303), fourth in home runs (36) and third in scoring (359)
• Ole Miss’ weekend rotation holds a 2.70 ERA with 80 earned runs allowed in 267.0 innings pitched.
• Three Rebels rank in the top five in the SEC in hits: Bousfield (1st - 83), Allen (2nd - 80) and
  Anderson (T5th - 76).
Will Allen is second in the SEC in average (.352), hits (83) and RBI (58); he is ninth in home runs (7).
• Five Rebs earned All-SEC Honors (Anderson, Bousfield, Orvis - 1st Team), Allen (2nd Team),
  Robinson (Freshman).
Sikes Orvis is second in the SEC in home runs (12) while Braxton Lee leads the league in steals this
  season (28).
• Seniors Will Allen and Austin Anderson were both named semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy by
  the NCBWA.
• RHP Chris Ellis is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, while Allen and Bousfield are Olsen Award
  candidates.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
FRIDAY, 7 P.M. (ESPN3)
JSU - Zachary Fowler, Jr., RHP
OLE MISS - Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP
NOTING ELLIS:
• Ellis was named one of 21 semifinalists, and three players from the SEC, for the Golden Spikes Award.
• The RHP has nine quality starts on the year, including two shutouts and a complete-game vs. GSU.
• Ellis has ranks fourth in the SEC in ERA at 1.97 and has one earned run or less in eight of his starts.
• The junior has allowed 29 walks with 54 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .264 batting average.
• Ellis is 9-1 with wins vs. Stetson, Ga. State, S. Carolina, Mizzou, MSU, UK, Arkansas, UGA and TAMU.

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 defied the prognosticators and finished 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 NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Rebels have played in 18 NCAA Tournaments in the history of the program totalling  84 games played in the annual event heading into this season’s NCAA Tournament. In that time, the Rebels have posted a 45-39 record in NCAA Tournament play.
• Ole Miss advanced to the College World Series in its first four tries (1956, 1964, 1969 and 1972).
• The Rebels have advanced to at least the Regional Championship in six of its last eight appearances.
• Ole Miss has advanced to a Super Regional in four of those tournaments, hosting three of them.
• The Rebels hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in the 2004 season and five times total.

REBELS vs. THE REGIONAL FIELD
The  Rebels have faced each team in the NCAA Oxford Regional at some point in the history of the program, but very rarely with the most common foe being Georgia Tech, though not the most recent.
• The Rebels are 5-4 all-time against the other three teams in the 2014 NCAA Oxford Regional.
• Ole Miss’ most recent foe in the regional field is the Washington Huskies with a meeting in 2004.
• The Rebels most-played foe in the regional field is the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with five
  meetings.
• Ole Miss also faced Jacksonville State previously, but only for one three-game series in 2002.

REBELS vs. JACKSONVILLE STATE
The Rebels and Gamecocks have faced off for one series in the history of the two programs with a three-game series played in Oxford during the 2002 season.
• Ole Miss hosted Jacksonville State in 2002, sweeping a three-game series to open the season.
• The Rebels won 10-2, 8-4 and 6-5 in the three-game set in head coach Mike Bianco’s second year.
• That 2002 meeting were in the first season of current JSU head coach Jim Case’s tenure at JSU.

REBELS vs. GEORGIA TECH
The Rebels and Georgia Tech have only met for two series in the history of the two programs despite the Yellow Jackets and Ole Miss having both been members of the Southeastern Conference at one time.
• Ole Miss and Georgia Tech first met in the 1916 season with the Yellow Jackets winning both games.
• The teams played the two games at Georgia Tech with the Rebels falling 9-0 and 4-3.
• Ole Miss faced Georgia Tech for the next, and last, time in 1959 to claim the SEC Championship.
• The Rebels won a best-of-three series 2-1 to claim the program’s first-ever conference title.

REBELS vs. WASHINGTON
The Rebels and Huskies have met one time on the baseball diamond with that meeting coming in the NCAA Tournament in the 2004 season.
• Ole Miss and Washington faced-off in an elimination game of the 2004 NCAA Oxford Regional.
• The Rebels dropped a 7-2 decision to the Huskies in that Regional after falling in game one to WKU.
• Ole Miss has only faced five Pac 12 teams ever with seven games played against them in NCAA play.

FIVE REBELS GAIN ALL-SEC HONORS
Ole Miss had five players selected to All-SEC honors this past Tuesday. First team selections were Austin Anderson (3B), Auston Bousfield (OF) and Sikes Orvis (1B). Will Allen (C) was named a second team selection, while Errol Robinson (SS) was an All-Freshman selection.

THROUGH 59 GAMES IN 2013
Through 59 games a year ago, the Rebels had posted a 37-22 record and were heading into the NCAA Tournament at NC State. Ole Miss was hitting at a .276 clip with 23 home runs and 284 RBI, while going 44-of-80 in steal attempts. The Rebel pitching staff was holding to a 3.11 ERA and a .244 opponent’s batting average. Pitchers had allowed 210 walks with 423 strikeouts in 531.0 innings.

ELLIS NAMED GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD SEMIFINALIST
Junior right-hander Chris Ellis was named to the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball when the organization released the list of 50 candidates recently. He was then named one of 21 semifinalists for the award on Tuesday and one of only three from the SEC. He is the most recent Rebel to be a candidate for the award, joining previous candidates such as Drew Pomeranz, Stuart Turner, Alex Yarbrough and Stephen Head.

MULTIPLE-HIT, MULTIPLE-RBI GAMES
Will Allen and Auston Bousfield have paced the Rebel offense through the season, leading the squad in multiple-hit games with 26 Bousfield and 25 from Allen.  All told, the Rebels have eight players in double-digits when it comes to multiple-hit games as Austin Anderson (22) Braxton Lee (20), Sikes Orvis (17), Errol Robinson (16), Preston Overbey (14) and J.B. Woodman (11) round out the group.

Allen leads the way in multiple-RBI games with 15, while Bousfield (12), Orvis (12), Anderson (10) and Overbey (9) have all posted five or more multiple-RBI games as well.

BOUSFIELD (NEARLY) FLAWLESS IN THE OUTFIELD
Auston Bousfield has been almost flawless in the outfield in his career with the Rebels, committing only two errors in his three years at centerfield. In that time, Bousfield has started 182-of-183 games played. Bousfield committed his first error of his career as a freshman against Auburn on March 17, 2012. He then played 1,445 consecutive innings without an error before committing an error in the eighth inning of the regular season finale at Texas A&M on May 17, 2014. He holds a career fielding percentage of .995 through three seasons.

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