For the second weekend in a row, the Rebels will tangle with the top-ranked team in college baseball. As the theme goes this season since we are now in conference play, every game will be available on the ESPN family of networks or the SEC Network.
With that being said, the Rebels have fared very well against the No. 1 team in the country under Mike Bianco. Ole Miss has defeated three top-ranked teams at home since 2009. The first was the 2009 edition of the Georgia Bulldogs. Game one was lost on a grand slam given up by current Oakland A's pitcher and Ole Miss All-American Drew Pomeranz. Then, the Rebels took the final two games by outscoring the Dawgs 16-9 thanks to an inside-the-park home run by Michael Hubbard on Saturday and Scott "the Bittler" Bittle striking out 11 on Sunday.
The second top-ranked victim to fall at the Sway was the 2011 National Champion South Carolina Gamecocks. The Rebels record (25-20 headed into that weekend) might have made them look like a long shot, but we all know how well the fellas tend to play at home. After losing game one, the bats came alive and the good guys won the final two games 10-2 (Alex Yarbrough and Miles Hamblin showed some shower power) and 7-6 (Preston Overbey game-winning sac fly feels).
The most recent toppling of the best team in the country was in 2012. We all remember the epic home series against these same Gators three years ago when NFL-bound, Consensus All American Senquez Golson saved the day and drove in another Rebel great, Bobby Wahl. If you need a memory jog, here you go:
Ole Miss Baseball: Florida Series from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.
How to Watch
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. CT
Ole Miss: LHP Christian Trent (3-1, 3.45 ERA, 26 K, 7 BB)
Florida: RHP Logan Shore (3-1, 1.78 ERA, 16 K, 4 BB)
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. CT
Ole Miss: RHP Brady Bramlett (2-1, 1.55 ERA, 36 K, 4 BB)
Florida: LHP A.J. Puk (4-1, 3.70 ERA, 27 K, 9 BB)
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. CT
Ole Miss: TBA