Having spent Day 1 of the 2014 SEC Tournament enjoying a first round bye, the Ole Miss baseball team finally gets to join the fun on Wednesday. They'll be facing the Arkansas Razorbacks at some vaguely determined time around midday.
The Razorbacks beat Texas A&M, 4-0, in the single elimination round on Tuesday. The good news is that they've already used Friday starter Trey Killian and the No. 2 option, Jalen Beeks, has been ruled out of the tournament with an elbow injury. That means they'll be throwing third starter Chris Oliver (7-4, 2.63 ERA). The bad news is that Oliver was the one on the mound during Arkansas's dominating 11-1 Sunday win against the Rebs earlier this season, a game in which he allowed just one run off five hits over seven innings.
The Rebs will be starting Chris Ellis on Wednesday and Christian Trent on Thursday, according to Bill Bunting. While there had been some discussion about whether or not to throw Ellis in Game 1, this is a pretty easy decision. To stay in the national seed hunt, Ole Miss needs to win early on in this tournament. Ellis gives them the best shot to do so.
The game will air on FOX Sports South about 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1 between Vanderbilt and LSU, which starts at 9:30 a.m. CT. Expect a first pitch sometime around 1 p.m.
ESPN3 will have the live stream, but will have it blacked out in the SEC states. Fortunately FOX Sports Go will be live streaming for those of us in Dixie.
Where: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.
Time: TBD (≈1 p.m.)
TV: FOX Sports South
Radio: Ole Miss Baseball Radio Network, Sirius 108, XM 199
Online streaming: WatchESPN and FOX Sports Go
Ole Miss: Chris Ellis (9-0, 2.12 ERA)
Arkansas: Chris Oliver (7-4, 2.63 ERA)