[Yes, this is late, and it's all my fault. Please forgive me. Thanks.]
[Oh, and another thing, give your thanks, beers, adulation, and so forth to BeardedGinger this weekend, who helped with this preview. He'll be helping out for this season because he's a good Rebel and member of the Cup community.]
The #8 Ole Miss Rebels (8-1) will travel to south Florida this weekend to face the Golden Panthers of Florida International University (7-2) this weekend. It will be the first road test for this team which has been impressive thus far at home, a 4-3 loss to the University of Memphis this week notwithstanding. Here's what to look out for:
Friday - Michael Ellis (Junior) - Right hander. Only returning starting pitcher from last year. Last year he was the Saturday/Sunday starter and went 3-2 in 15 appearances (14 starts). Struck out 88 and walked 45 in 83.1 innings. He finished the season with a 3.13 ERA. This season he is 1-0 in 2 starts with a 7.45 ERA. He has 9 strikeouts in 9.2 innings. He has also allowed 5 walks and 10 hits. Opponents are hitting .263 against him so far this season.
Vs. Stony Brook he pitched 4 innings with 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, 4 hits, and 4 runs. No Decision.
Vs. Manhattan he pitched 5.2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 3 walks, 6 hits, and 4 runs. Winning pitcher.
Saturday - Tyler Alexander (Junior) - Left hander. JUCO transfer from Hillsborough Community College (ranked the #2 overall JUCO prospect last year). Couldn't find any of his stats from his JUCO years. This year he is 1-0 in 2 starts. He has struck out 13 and walked 5 in 12 innings. He currently has a 0.00 ERA. Opponents are only hitting .146 against him this season. He hasn't allowed an extra base hit so far this season in 41 batters faced.
Vs. Stony Brook he pitched 6 innings with 7 strikeouts, 3 walks, 4 hits, and no runs. No Decision.
Vs. Manhattan he pitched 6 innings with 6 strikeouts, 2 walks, 2 hits, and 1 unearned run. Winning pitcher.
Sunday - Mike Franco (Junior) - Right hander. JUCO transfer from Howard College. He was named Most Valuable pitcher for NJCAA region 5. He posted a 10-2 record with a 2.84 ERA. This season he is currently 1-0 in 2 starts. However, he has only pitched a combined 4.2 innings over those 2 starts. He has struck out 6 and walked 4 while allowing 3 hits in those 4.2 innings. He has given up 4 runs and currently posts a 7.71 ERA.
Vs. Stony Brook he pitched 2.2 innings with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 hit, and no runs. Winning pitcher.
Vs. Manhattan he pitched 2.0 innings with 2 strikeouts, 3 walks, 2 hits, and 4 runs. No Decision.
Closer - Michael Gomez (Senior)- Left handed pitcher. Last season he led the Sun Belt with 13 saves, which was 12th overall in the NCAA. He finished the season with a 1-4 record with a 3.76 ERA. This season he has 4 saves in 4 appearances. Through 4.2 innings pitched he has struck out 5, walked 1, 4 hits, and has allowed 4 runs. He currently has a 7.71 ERA.
Team wide pitching notes:
- 8th in the Sun Belt in ERA (3.83)
- 6th in the Sun Belt in Opposing batting average (.245)
- 4th in batters struck out (78)
- 8th in hits allowed (75)
- 8th in runs allowed (37)
- 8th in walks allowed (34)