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SEC Baseball Tournament 2014: The Ole Miss Rebels Open Against the Arkansas Razorbacks

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The Rebs are looking for their 20th SEC win, as well as a big RPI boost heading into the NCAA postseason.

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Today should mark another fun day at the Hoover Met and the 2014 SEC Baseball tournament, with many big RPI games having national postseason implications and giving fans some intriguing matchups to watch. Here's today's schedule and television times:

  • (6) VANDERBILT COMMODORES (RPI: 6) vs. (3) LSU TIGERS (RPI: 16)
    10:30 a.m. ET; SportSouth / ESPN3
  • (7) ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (RPI: 41) vs. (2) OLE MISS REBELS (RPI: 13)
    30 minutes after Vanderbilt-LSU; SportSouth / ESPN3
  • (9) KENTUCKY WILDCATS (RPI: 22) vs. (1) FLORIDA GATORS (RPI: 2)
    5:30 p.m. ET; CSS / ESPN3
  • (5) MISSISSIPPI ST. BULLDOGS (RPI: 30) vs. (4) SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (RPI: 8)
    30 minutes after Kentucky-Florida; CSS / ESPN3

As you can see, the Rebs will face the Arkansas Razorbacks, who dispatched Texas A&M yesterday, 4-0. As of this writing, Mike Bianco has announced today that he will throw ace Chris Ellis today against the Hogs, who will counter with a solid starter of their own in Chris Oliver, who has seven wins on the season. That means that today's pitching matchup looks like this:

Chris Oliver, Jr., RHP
7-4 / 2.63 ERA / .213 OPP AVG

vs.

Chris Ellis, Jr., RHP
9-0 / 2.12 ERA / .261 OPP AVG

If the Rebels are to remain in the National Seed discussion, then this (and, really, any subsequent game) is a must win. Take care of business against Arkansas, and the Rebs have a shot to face either Vandy (RPI 6) or LSU (RPI 16). Win that, and then the Rebs could face South Carolina or (fingers crossed) Florida. So, the long and short of it is that there are plenty of opportunities to cement one of the eight national seeds for the Rebels this weekend, starting today.

Here's how the Rebs and Hogs look coming into today's game:

Ole Miss Individual Hitting Statistics

Name

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

Austin Bousfield

359

5

43

506

411

16/17

17/15

WIll Allen

356

7

55

543

396

0/1

36/13

JB Woodman

339

2

14

476

375

10/14/

22/7

Austin Anderson

324

4

35

463

411

10/14/

20/25

Errol Robinson

310

0

15

333

390

5/8/

24/20

Sikes Orvis

303

12

41

553

399

1/1/

40/27

Team

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

304

36

303

419

369

86/109

322/167

SEC Hitting Statistics Ranking

Ole Miss

Avg

1

HR

3

RBI

3

SLG%

2

OBP%

2

SB

2

SB Attempts

4

BB

13

SO

9

Arkansas Individual Hitting Statistics

Name

Avg

HR

RBI

SLG%

OBP%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

Brian Anderson

319

6

45

484

393

9/11/

38/18

Joe Serrano

311

0

21

378

383

8/8/

31/25

Andrew Benitendi

274

1

25

340

375

14/17

16/23

Tyler Spoon

272

3

35

388

360

5/7/

30/23

Michael Bernal

266

2

18

338

372

1/2/

30/10

Team

Average

HR

RBI

OBP%

SLG%

SB/ATT

SO/BB

267

25

266

362

257

51/65

338/195

SEC Hitting Statistics Ranking

Ole Miss

Arkansas

Avg

1

12

HR

3

t6

RBI

3

t7

SLG%

2

9

OBP%

2

10

SB

2

10

SB Attempts

4

7

BB

13

9

SO

9

9


Earlier this season, the Rebels took the series against Arkansas in Oxford, winning the first games 3-2 and 7-4, before being shelled in the second game by a score of 11-1. So the Hogs are clearly a talented enough team which no squad, even the SEC's No. 2 overall seed in the conference tournament, should dare take lightly.

Hotty Toddy.

[HT: Fit4LifeLLC, as per the usual, crushed it when putting the numbers together. Give him your appreciation.]