It's Day 4 of the 2014 SEC Tournament, and whatdya know, Ole Miss is still around. They survived an elimination game with Vanderbilt on Thursday, earning a re-match with the club that put them on the brink in the first place: the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Hogs beat the Rebs, 2-1, on Wednesday on the back of a dominant outing from No. 3 pitcher Chris Oliver. Things *should* be a bit easier this time around, as the Razorbacks will have to trot out reserve pitcher Dominic Taccolini. In addition to sounding like something my Italian grandmother would serve for dinner, Taccolini has started just two games this and carries a 4.12 ERA through 14 appearances. Arkansas has not only played one more game than the Rebs at Hoover, but their No. 2 starter, Jalen Beeks, is injured. That means they're down to pitcher No. 5.
He could potentially face the Rebs' No. 2 starter, Christian Trent. Trent was scratched just before Thursday's game with a stiff arm, so a decision likely won't be made until he starts warming up Friday morning. If he can't go or if the coaches would just prefer to play it safe, expect Sam Smith.
UPDATE: According to Hawtin Buchanan, it'll be Smith.
With Vandy and South Carolina knocked out of Hoover after going two-and-through, the Rebs could likely clinch a national seed with a win over Arkansas. Both Perfect Game and Baseball America moved them back into the No. 8 spot after the Gamecocks' loss to Florida, but it will take another win to ensure Ole Miss's RPI stays above the magic number of 12 (they're at No. 10 now, according to Warren Nolan).
Here's the tune-in info for the game: