Well, look at the Ole Miss Rebels, back at it again teetering on the NCAA tournament bubble. After a doom and gloom weekend in Gainesville, the Rebels looked to be dead in the proverbial water. Then it REALLY looked bad when the Texas A&M Aggies strolled into Oxford, on graduation weekend no less, and stomped the Rebs 12-5 on Friday night. But, the good guys (31-21, 13-14 SEC) circled the wagons and found a way to back end another series in order to keep their postseason dreams from flat-lining.
As a team, the offense has been the main thorn in Ole Miss’ side this season but it appears that they are making a slow but steady rise to better at-bats and production. The team average is now at .256, led by Nick Fortes (.328), Will Golsan (.317), Tate Blackman (.299) and Colby Bortles (.284). We said at the beginning of the year that the older guys were going to have to contribute in a big way in order to take pressure off the freshmen and it is slowly starting to happen. Before they travel to Auburn for their season finale series, they will head north to Jonesboogie to take on the Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves (23-26, 11-17 Sun Belt) are led at the plate by Joe Schrimipf who is hitting .333 and has scored 39 runs on the season while driving in 38. Grant Hawkins is hitting .263 and Garrett Rucker is hitting .261 this year and have combined for six dingers, 61 runs batted in and 30 stolen bases. This is a danger zone game for Ole Miss who, despite their struggles, are still sitting at No. 32 in the RPI while the Red Wolves are all the way down at No. 185. Lose this and the Rebs are in big-time trouble.
How to listen
First pitch: 6:30 p.m. CT
Online streaming: none
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (station listings here)
Online radio: OleMissSports.com
Ole Miss: RHP Sean Johnson (1-0, 3.29 ERA)
ASU: RHP Bryan Ayers (2-5, 7.56 ERA)