Ole Miss Rebel Baseball: The Rebs travel to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Rebs are on the road in a series with major RPI and postseason implications.

The Ole Miss Rebels will close out the regular season this weekend beginning tonight against the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas. The Rebels will have their work cut out for them, as the Aggies are a desperate team at home, where they have played well (22-10 record) against some very good teams. Texas A&M finds themselves not only fighting for the SEC Tournament, but also fighting to solidify their place in the NCAA Tournament. They will give the Rebels their best shot.

Don't be fooled into thinking that the Rebels will win this series easily or that Texas A&M has a mere punchers chance of taking this series. The Aggies come into the weekend with an RPI of 31. They have a very solid club as evidenced by the SEC teams they have beaten at home this year, Florida and LSU. On paper, the Aggies are very close to the Rebels in terms of offensive production.  Here is a look at the two teams by SEC standards:

SEC Hitting Statistics RankTing

Ole Miss

Texas A&M

Avg

1

3

HR

3

8

RBI

2

4

SLG%

2

6

OBP%

3

4

SB

2

7

SB Attempts

4

7

BB

13

6

SO

9

13

The Aggies boast a solid team average at .286 while the Rebels currently sit at the top of the SEC at .304. The Aggies also carry a solid SO/BB ratio at 1.36 compared to the Rebels 1.94.

Here is a more in depth look at the two teams individual hitting statistics:

Texas A & M Individual Hitting Statistics

Name

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

Nick Banks

346

2

24

465

407

5/8/

23/14

Cole Lankford

341

4

42

445

362

3/5/

15/11

Blake Allemand

301

0

21

331

415

3/6/

25/30

Patrick McLendon

295

1

19

361

392

1/2/

15/16

Troy Stein

277

1

18

371

359

4/6/

21/15

Texas A & M Individual Hitting Statistics

Name

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

Nick Banks

346

2

24

465

407

5/8/

23/14

Cole Lankford

341

4

42

445

362

3/5/

15/11

Blake Allemand

301

0

21

331

415

3/6/

25/30

Patrick McLendon

295

1

19

361

392

1/2/

15/16

Troy Stein

277

1

18

371

359

4/6/

21/15

The team statistics look like this:

Team

Average

HR

RBI

OBP%

SLG%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

286

21

262

383

366

57/73

266/195

Team

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

304

36

292

421

370

84/107

311/160

The pitching matchups are as follows:

Thursday - 6:35 PM Central
Aggies - Daniel Mengden, Jr., RHP
Rebs - Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP

Friday - 7:05 PM (ESPNU)
Aggies - Grayson Long, So., RHP
Rebs- Christian Trent, So., LHP

Saturday - 2:05 PM
Aggies - Parker Ray, Sr., RHP
Rebs - Sam Smith, Jr., RHP

Taking the series this weekend would give the Rebels 40 regular season wins (41 with a sweep), which would wrap up a Western Division title, a No. 2 seed in the SEC tourney, and enhance the Rebs chances at a national seed. I know we've been saying this a lot, but this weekend's series really is a must-win.

Predictions:

  • Ghost - Rebs win Friday, lose the series
  • @Fit4LifeLLC - Rebs take two
  • @BlakeKirbyReb - Didn't offer one, but he's optimistic enough. Rebs win two.
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