It is the opening weekend of SEC play and it couldn’t be anymore more challenging to start things off for the Diamond Rebels.
The Diamond Rebels or “Walk-off” Rebs (the nickname that has grown to be accustom for the squad this year), will head to Columbia to take on the number one team in the nation, South Carolina. It will be the toughest challenge for Ole Miss thus far this season. This is an opportunity to set the ground work, and prove how good we really are.
No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels at No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks Series Preview
Date: March 14-16, 2014
Location: Columbia, SC
Venue: Carolina Stadium
Series: South Carolina leads the series against Ole Miss, 30-21
Last Meeting: The two teams have not meet since 2011. The Rebels won that series, 2-1.
How to watch, listen, or simply keep up with the games..
Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Network
Internet: You can watch the games on WatchESPN.com, ESPN3, or WatchRebelVision.com (all require subscriptions)
Twitter Updates: The official Ole Miss baseball Twitter feed is a great way to up with inning-by-inning score updates. Follow them @OleMissBSB or you can stay updated through us @OleHottyToddy
Friday, March 14th:
South Carolina – Jordan Montgomery, Jr., LHP
Ole Miss – Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP
NOTES: Chris Ellis has become one of the top effective pitchers on the mound for the Rebels this year. In three of his four starts, he has picked up two shutouts, and completed a full game against Georgia State. Ellis has also not allowed an earned run (only one of two SEC pitchers to achieve this, this year) in any of those starts and only one run has scored in 27.2 innings. Ellis has 10 walks and 20 strikeouts on the year. He is holding opponent hitters to a .138 batting average.
Saturday, March 15th:
South Carolina – Jack Wynkoop, So., LHP
Ole Miss – Christian Trent, So., LHP
NOTES: The southpaw sophomore will take the mound for his fifth Saturday start of the season. Trent has allowed only one walk in the 25.0 innings of work he has completed this season. Trent is 2-0 this season, and has held opponent hitters to a .202 batting average. He also has 25 strikeouts on the season, which is fifth in the SEC.
Sunday, March 16th:
South Carolina – Will Cowe, Fr., RHP
Ole Miss – Sam Smith, Jr., RHP
NOTES: Sam Smith is one the Rebels’ top veteran pitchers, and will continue to anchor the final day on the mound this weekend. Smith has allowed four runs in his four starts this season. Smith has only taken one loss in his last 20 starts, over a span of two seasons. Smith has picked up back-to-back wins in his last two starts.
Scouting the Gamecocks
South Carolina is 16-0 on the season, and is ranked No. 1 in the nation. The Gamecocks are coming off a midweek shutout against Furman, and a series sweep over Brown last weekend. The Gamecocks have posted eight total shutout games this season, including four straight. South Carolina hitters are averaging .316 at the plate. They have put together 12 home runs and 109 RBIs in their first 16 games of the season. South Carolina pitchers are averaging 1.19 ERA, have allowed 34 walks, and have a total off 144 strikeouts through 144.0 innings.
Game Starting Times
Friday – 6:00 p.m. CT
Saturday – 3:00 p.m. CT
Sunday – 12:30 p.m. CT
Tags: Ole Miss Rebels