Sophomore Pitcher Karsten Whitson was named the National Freshman of the Year last season. He hasn't pitched since their opener due to injury. We don't want him to pitch against us either.
So this is it. The #1 Florida Gators (23-2, 5-1 SEC) come to Swayze field today to begin a weekend series that means a lot more to us than it does to them. The Rebels (18-7, 3-3 SEC) are certainly the underdogs against a team full of future major leaguers. Even one win in this series would be a good takeaway. Unfortunately, the Rebels need more than that.
After a disappointing series loss to the Auburn Tigers, the Rebs bounced back to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide but missed a sweep by a strike. With a 3-3 record and tougher teams ahead, this series could be a chance for the Rebels to regain momentum and get a signature series win to impress the committee later this season. It's going to be very difficult to do that, but the Rebels have had success recently against top-ranked opponents.
When Ole Miss plays top ten teams at home, they win. Since 2003, Ole Miss has won 10 of its 13 top-10 matchups. More amazingly though, the Rebels have knocked off the last two #1 overall teams to play in Oxford. In 2009, they took the series from #1 Georgia in a huge upset (which led to an awesome party on the square). In 2011, they took two of three from #1 South Carolina.
Look... no one's saying we'll win the series. No one's saying we'll even win one game. I'm just saying.... it's possible. Now on to the actual matchup.