BLOG: After dropping Game 1 of the three-game series 4-0 Friday, the No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels will look to rebound today at Dudy Noble Field.
First pitch of today’s televised game on SportSouth is set for a 2:35 p.m. start.
Taking the mound for Ole Miss will be right-hander Mike Mayers.
The sophomore is 4-2 on the year with a 3.70 ERA. In 58.1 innings, Mayers has struck out 39, walked 17 and opponents are hitting .222 off of him.
Last week against Arkansas, Mayers pitched 6.1 scoreless innings in Ole Miss’ 1-0 win over Arkansas. Before giving way to R.J. Hively, Mayers had struck out four and allowed just two hits and two walks.
In Mayers’ only other appearance against MSU, the right-hander surrendered one run on one walk and two hits while recording just two outs in a relief appearance April 19. MSU won the game in Pearl 6-1.
Opposite Mayers will be the reigning Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, Kendall Graveman.
The right-hander is 3-2 on the year with a 2.92 ERA. In 61.2 innings, Graveman has struck out 42, walked 17 and opponents are hitting .245 off of him.
In MSU’s 7-1 win over Tennessee last Friday, Graveman stuck out eight and allowed just three hits and two walks in the complete-game performance.
Graveman faced Ole Miss twice last season. On April 19, Graveman pitched four scoreless frames to lead MSU to a 6-1 win in the Governor’s Cup in Pearl.
As a freshman in 2010, Graveman surrendered three runs (one earned) on two hits while registering just one out in a relief appearance during the Rebels’ 19-11 win in seven innings May 2.
OXFORD BULLDOG: Getting the start in right field for MSU will be former Oxford Charger standout Brent Brownlee. Friday, Brownlee was 1-for-1 at the plate with an RBI-double. Brownlee has started in 11 games (and appeared in 21) prior to today and missed 16 due to surgery in early March on one of his knee caps. This season, Brownlee is hitting just .217 with seven RBIs, six runs scored and three doubles. He has also stole one base in his only attempt.
No. 18 OLE MISS REBELS (27-15 overall, 9-10 SEC)
LF Tanner Mathis (.346 BA/.461 OBP/.377 SLG)
3B Andrew Mistone (.257/.321/.329)
2B Alex Yarbrough (.436/.480/.612)
1B Matt Snyder (.358/.412/.616)
C Will Allen (.328/.355/.427)
DH Sikes Orvis (.240/.367/.280)
CF Auston Bousfield (.277/.353/.311)
SS Austin Anderson (.228/.351/.316)
RF Will Jamison (.277/.327/.383)
RHP Mike Mayers (4-2, 3.70 ERA)
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS (26-16, 9-10)
SS Adam Frazier (.350/.465/.429)
C Mitch Slauter (.232/.367/.303)
DH Trey Porter (.282/.417/.443)
3B Daryl Norris (.323/.417/.404)
CF C.T. Bradford (.267/.355/.350)
LF Hunter Renfroe (.252/.325/.388)
RF Brent Brownlee (.217/.245/.283)
1B Wes Rea (.274/.388/.438)
2B Matthew Britton (.134/.270/.134)
RHP Kendall Graveman (2.92/.3-2)
OLE MISS 2, Mississippi State 0 (Top 1): Rebel first baseman Matt Snyder gave Ole Miss an early jolt, slugging his 10th homer of the season. The two-run blast, which landed on the other side of the 374-foot marker on the outfield wall in right-center, scored third baseman Andrew Mistone, who reached via a single through the left side.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, Ole Miss 2 (Bottom 6): MSU catcher Mitch Slauter tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a line drive, two-run homer over the left field fence. The homer scored shortstop Adam Frazier, who led off the frame with a walk. Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers was immediately pulled in favor of senior right-hander R.J. Hively.
OLE MISS 4, Missisisppi State 2 (Top 7): Ole Miss jumped back in the lead in the seventh thanks to an RBI-single through the right side by shortstop Austin Anderson that scored pinch runner Blake Newalu from second. Auston Bousfield then came around to score when the throw from right fielder Brent Brownlee got away from third baseman Daryl Norris. The play resulted in starter Kendall Graveman being replaced by left-hander Ross Mitchell. Sam Frost also entered the game as a defensive replacement for Norris.
OLE MISS 6, Mississippi State 2 (Top 9): MSU relief pitcher Nick Routt plunked left fielder Tanner Mathis to score pinch hitter John Gatlin and extend the Rebels’ lead to 5-2. MSU then opted to turn to righthander Jonathan Holder. Bousfield then scored on a third strike against Mistone that Slauter dropped.
WINNERS AND LOSERS: Hively ended up going the distance in relief, pitching four scoreless innings to improve to 4-3 on the year.
Graveman took the loss for MSU, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk in 6.1 innings. He also struck out four.
GOING STREAKING: Yarbrough extended his hitting streak to 22 games with an infield single in the eighth inning when the ball hit off of the glove of Frost as he ranged to his left, but the play was ruled a hit.
With his 1-for-5 performance, Yarbrough moves past Kary Bridges (1992) and Chad Sterbens (2002) and into fourth place on Ole Miss’ list of longest hitting streaks.
One spot ahead of Yarbrough is teammate Mathis, who collected at least one hit in 23 consecutive games in 2011.
Brian Pettway is Ole Miss’ all-time leader with 28.
T-B-D: Asked who would start Game 3 — which is set for a 1:35 p.m. start and will be televised on CSS — Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said no starter had been decided.
Against Arkansas last weekend, freshman Sam Smith got the nod on Sunday but surrendered five runs in the first inning and Ole Miss never recovered.
Possible options for Ole Miss include freshmen Hawtin Buchanan, Chris Ellis, Josh Laxer, Smith, and junior Tanner Bailey. Sophomore right-hander Aaron Greenwood threw two innings in Friday’s 5-0 loss and would be less likely to start.
(April 28, 2012)