Rebel Baseball: Ole Miss faces the Tigers in Memphis' AutoZone Park

Tonight won't be an easy win to come by.

After an impressive sweep over a decent Auburn team last weekend, the Rebels return to action Tuesday and Wednesday against Memphis and Murray State respectively. Tonight's matchup against the Tigers is an interesting one, and one that's pretty difficult for any rebel to be optimistic about. .  For some reason, Ole Miss has struggled mightily against the Tigers in recent memory, losing six of the last ten contests against Memphis including a 4-1 decision earlier this year in Oxford.

The Rebels struggles in these mid-week contests have been a source of fan displeasure, particularly those against Memphis and Southern Mississippi. Memphis currently sits at 18-15 on the season after losing the series at No. 8, Louisville but boasts wins at Mississippi State and Ole Miss as well as a top-50 RPI.

Here's what to look for tonight:

Memphis Individual Hitting Statistics

Name

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

Ethan Gross

308

0

13

342

399

8/13/

16/17

Jake Little

276

2

16

354

343

9/13/

26/9

Carter White

272

2

16

359

376

2/2/

18/14

Kane Barrow

268

2

13

371

321

2/3/

17/7

Zach Willis

261

0

14

333

401

4/11/

24/20

Team

Average

HR

RBI

OBP%

SLG%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

257

11

149

329

348

50/77

198/131

Ole Miss Individual Hitting Statistics

Name

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

Austin Anderson

352

4

19

512

447

7/9/

10/17/

Brantley Bell

351

0

6

421

403

1/1/

9/3/

Will Allen

333

4

35

519

378

0/0

24/9

Austin Bousfield

324

3

22

475

383

11/11/

11/9/

Sikes Orvis

315

6

23

541

406

1/1/

25/13

Errol Robinson

304

0

6

348

404

3/5/

13/12

Team

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

299

22

165

406

369

51/66

197/100

Tonight, the Rebs will throw senior lefty Jeremy Massie, who has seen plenty of time in midweek action this season. Massie has a 3.16 ERA, which he has earned over five starts this year. With just a 1-2 record, Massie is either due for a win or destined to underwhelm in the midweek - your call. Memphis will throw Ryan Garner, a freshman lefty out of Dyer, Tennessee who has a 5.20 ERA and an 0-2 record over nine appearances (three starts). So he'll either give up runs by the bucket or will smother the Rebel bats until the 7th or 8th inning - your call.

Really, I know I've been kindof a sarcastic downer about this game, but what else do you expect? The Rebs rarely impress in AutoZone, even against bad Memphis teams (which this one certainly is not). They certainly can win tonight, but I wouldn't bet on it. I will, however, predict it.

Rebs 7 - Tigers 3

Your open thread begins now.

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