|TEAM||THURSDAY (6:30 p.m. CT) ||FRIDAY (6:00 p.m. CT) ||SATURDAY (2:00 p.m. CT)|
|Ole Miss||So. RHP Bobby Wahl (6-1, 2.18 ERA||So. RHP Mike Mayers (4-2, 4.04 ERA)||TBA|
|Vanderbilt||So. RHP T.J. Pecoraro (0-4, 4.12 ERA||Jr.LHP Sam Selman (8-3, 4.03 ERA)||So. LHP Kevin Ziomek (3-6, 5.02 ERA)|
The Rebel hitters have an impressive .303 batting average trailing only Auburn in the conference. Ole Miss batters have struck out an SEC fewest 266 times but have grounded into the second most double plays in the conference with 39.
Last Saturday against the Vols first baseman matt snyder crushed a walk-off home run in the 11th to give the Rebels a 7-4 win. The senior is hitting .332 with a team high 54 RBIs and 12 home runs.
Leadoff hitter Tanner Mathis is hitting .338 and leads the Rebels in stolen bases at a perfect 8-8. The junior left fielder has scored 38 runs with 21 RBI and holds a .443 on base percentage. Second baseman Alex Yarbrough tops the team with a .405 batting average, 39 runs, 17 doubles, three triples and 41 RBIs.
Besides Mathis, who leads the outfield in batting, the Ole Miss outfield is layered with freshman contributors. Freshman center fielder Austin Bousfield is batting .273 with eight doubles and two home runs. In right fielder another freshman, Will Jamison, is batting .268 but has 48 appearances and only 14 starts. Freshman pinch hitter/outfielder Preston Overbey has seven doubles, 12 RBIs, and a .267 batting average.
Sophomore catcher Will Allen is batting .337 with ten doubles, and 23 RBIs. The catcher has caught ten stealing in 36 stolen base attempts. Senior designated hitter Zach Kirksey leads the team with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs.
Junior college transfer Andrew Mistone is batting .239 with 21 RBIs, five doubles and a home run. At shortstop Austin Anderson is hitting only .239 but is tied for first on the team with two triples.
The Rebels hold a team ERA of 3.50 and have held opponents to a .238 batting average. Ole Miss is tied for second with Arkansas with 447 strikeouts. Ole Miss has allowed an SEC fewest 28 sacrifice bunts this season and a trail only the Gators with 128 walks allowed.
Thursday night projected starter Bobby Wahl (6-1, 2.18 ERA) starts in his 14th of the season. The sophomore leads the team with 74.1 innings pitched and 27 walks. The Rebels have dropped two of their last three games with their right handed ace on the mound. Against LSU Wahl threw seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits before retiring with the Rebels on top 3-2. The Rebels eventually fell to the Tigers 4-3 after 13 innings. The previous week, against Mississippi State, Wahl dropped his only game of season- allowing three runs with just one earned.
Fridays expected pitcher Mike Mayers (4-2, 4.04 ERA) will throw for his 13th start this year. The Rebels have fared well with Mayers as a Saturday starter, winning their last four contests against Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi St. and Arkansas. Last week against the Vols Mayers gave up six hits and three runs in four innings. Against Mississippi State the right-hander gave up four hits and two runs in five innings of work.
Senior R.J. Hively (5-4, 2.64 ERA) leads the team with 84 strikeouts, and just 16 walks in 71.2 innings pitched. Coach Mike Bianco could use the right-hander in relief Thursday and, depending on the situation, give him a day of rest and let him start in the finale Thursday. If Bianco doesn't like the looks of things for the Rebels on Thursday then Hively will likely throw more allowing Sam Smith (2-3, 5.86 ERA), Tanner Bailey (2-1, 3.91 ERA) or Dylan Chavez (3-4, 4.42 ERA) to get the Saturday nod. Of the three, freshman Smith has the most starts at nine. Chavez has appeared in a team leading 22 games.