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No. 6 Rebs getting it done as a team

Somehow the No. 6 Rebels haven’t missed a beat.

Expected Sunday starter Chris Ellis and bullpen flame thrower Hawtin Buchanan have pitched just five innings combined five weeks into the season.

Somehow Ole Miss is undefeated on Sundays and is yet to blow a game when leading after six innings.

Up until last weekend’s trip to Arkansas, Will Allen and Sikes Orvis, the Rebels’ opening day No. 4 and 6 hitters, had under performed.

Somehow the Rebels are fourth in the Southeastern Conference with a .299 team batting average and 132 RBIs.

Where in years past the team would have looked to a select handful of players in crucial situations, the 2013 edition of the Ole Miss Rebels have had a “who’s next” type of mentality.

Interim Sunday starter Sam Smith is 2-0 in five starts with a 2.49 ERA.

Reliever Turner Bailey has yet to allow a run in 17 innings — including 5.1 scoreless frames in relief last Sunday that enabled the Rebels (20-2 overall, 2-1 SEC) to take the series with a 6-4 win in 13 innings.

And that’s just the start for the team’s arms.

Offensively, every starter is hitting at least .242. And with the exception of Allen and Orvis, who began to find their swing last week, the lowest on-base percentage of the other seven starters is .351.

With Texas A&M (15-7, 3-0) in town this weekend, the Rebels appear to be getting back to where they thought they’d be preseason.

Ellis has been throwing bullpens and could make his first appearance since the opening series against the Aggies.

 (March 22, 2013, Page 7A)

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