VIDEO BLOG: HOOVER, Ala. — The sixth-seeded Rebels (37-21 overall) have gotten used playing in the first game daily at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, hosted at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
They’ll do it one final time today at 9:30 a.m. against the seventh-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (33-25). The game will be televised on SportSouth.
HITTING THE LINKS:
VIDEO BLOG: Sullivan, Tide can’t rally from early deficit
VIDEO BLOG: Razorbacks win with wild finish
Arkansas’ plan is to win SEC Tournament
Mayers leads Rebels to win in SEC opener
OM’s Bianco doesn’t care when his team plays
VIDEO BLOG: Mayers, Rebels eliminate Kentucky
UPDATED BLOG: Rebels waiting to announce starter
Ole Miss faces Kentucky to open SEC Tournament
Day 3 SCHEDULE (All Games on SportSouth):
Ole Miss vs. Alabama, 9:30 a.m.
Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina, TBD
Arkansas vs. LSU, 4:30 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M, TBD
ON THE BUMP: The Crimson Tide will turn to arguably their best pitcher of the year in former Madison Central standout Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.61 ERA). In 77.1 innings, Turnbull has struck out 41 against 30 walks and opponents are hitting a healthy .295 off the right-handed sophomore.
On April 14, Turnbull allowed two runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts in six innings. Turnbull took the no decision, however, as the Rebels didn’t win the 4-3 game until the 11th.
The Rebels will turn to lightly-used Jacob Waguespack. The freshman right-hander has been limited on the year due to tendonitis and as a result he has only pitched 9.1 innings. Waguespack made his first collegiate start at Southern Miss last week. After pitching three scoreless frames against USM, Waguespack allowed the first two batters of the fourth inning to reach and was replaced by left-handed reliever Austin Blunt, who promptly allowed both runs — and then some — to score.
LOOKING TO PILE ON: The Rebels earned one of two SEC sweeps against the Tide, winning 6-0, 5-2 and 4-3 in 11 innings. Below is that weekend in link form:
VIDEO BLOG: Wahl, Greenwood combine to two-hit Alabama
VIDEO BLOG: Mayers, late hits give No. 23 Alabama the series
VIDEO BLOG: No. 23 Ole Miss closes out three-game sweep with walk-off win
Mayers regains confidence Saturday
JUST BECAUSE: Checkout a couple videos from Cincinnati’s post-game interviews HERE. Pretty awesome stuff.
No. 7 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (33-25 overall)
3B Kenny Roberts (.251 BA/.357 OBP/.377 SLG)
CF Georgie Salem (.272/.349/.305)
2B Kyle Overstreet (.279/.348/.326)
RF Ben Moore (.289/.361/.431)
SS Mikey Smith (.278/.358/.358)
1B Austen Smith (.277/.348/.431)
C Brett Booth (.283/.378/.410)
LF Andrew Miller (.237/.353/.266)
DH Chance Vincent (.214/.267/.250)
RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.61 ERA)
No. 6 OLE MISS REBELS (37-21)
LF Tanner Mathis (.273/.405/.301)
SS Austin Anderson (.305/.379/.411)
C Stuart Turner (.379/.449/.534)
3B Andrew Mistone (.319/.390/.381)
CF Auston Bousfield (.267/.357/.360)
DH Sikes Orvis (.236/.328/.321)
1B Preston Overbey (.280/.323/.419)
2B Christian Helsel (.209/.289/.254)
RF Will Jamison (.278/.396/.397)
RHP Jacob Waguespack (0-1, 2.89)
OLE MISS 3, Alabama 0 (Bottom 2): Andrew Mistone led off the bottom of the second with a double over the head of left fielder Andrew Miller and later scored on a double down the third-base line by Preston Overbey. Following a Christian Helsel walk, Will Jamison singled up the middle. Overbey narrowly scored from second when Georgie Salem‘s throw from center got away from catcher Brett Booth. The wild throw also allowed Helsel to slide in safe as pitcher Spencer Turnbull tried to toss the wayward ball back to Booth from the backstop.
Ole Miss 3, ALABAMA 2 (Top 4): In somewhat of a reminiscent outing of his last start, last week at Southern Miss, Jacob Waguespack threw three scoreless frames before getting into trouble in the fourth. This time, the Ole Miss freshman surrendered a leadoff walk to Kenny Roberts followed by a single by Salem. Following a fly ball that advanced Roberts to third, Ben Moore scored Roberts on a sacrifice fly and Mikey White plated Salem on a single to right-center. Following a second walk of the inning, to Austen Smith, Waguespack was pulled for Scott Weathersby. The 3.2 innings were a career-long for Waguespack, who had only thrown 9.1 heading into today’s start.
ALABAMA 3, Ole Miss 3 (Top 5): Weathersby was singled to death in the fifth as three — including an RBI-single by Kyle Overstreet with two outs — tied the game at 3-3.
ALABAMA 5, Ole Miss 3 (Top 6): A throwing error by Austin Anderson put White on second to start the inning. The error was followed up by a triple to right-center by Smith. Following the triple, Weathesby was pulled for LHP Jeremy Massie.
OLE MISS 5, Alabama 5 (Bottom 7): Turnbull ran out of gas in the seventh, walking three batters with two outs. Stuart Turner followed up the walk fest with a two-run single to left off reliever Matt Greer, tying the game.
ALABAMA 7, Ole Miss 5 (Top 10): Tanner Bailey ran into trouble in the 10th. After two scoreless frames, Bailey allowed a walk and a double with one out and was pulled for Brett Huber. The Rebel closer got ahead in the count to White 1-2, but the Alabama shortstop laced a single up the middle, scoring both runners.
FINAL: Alabama 7, Ole Miss 5 (10 innings)
BY THE NUMBERS: Bailey fell to 4-2 on the year after being hit with the loss. Bailey was credited with both earned runs in 2.1 innings of relief. Alabama reliever, Tucker Hawley, improved to 5-2 after throwing three scoreless frames. … Turner and Jamison each had two hits for Ole Miss, as did White and Salem for Alabama. … Ole Miss’ best chance to win the game late came in the eighth inning when Will Allen, pinch hitting for Helsel, came to bat with two on and one out. Allen hit a rocket to Roberts and the Alabama third baseman threw the ball to first to double up Overbey. The Rebels had runners on the corners in the ninth with two outs, but Andrew Mistone flew out to center to end the game to extras.
With the loss, Ole Miss is eliminated from the SEC Tournament, while the Tide advance to play the loser of LSU-Arkansas.
PARTING VIEW: Below is a portion of the post-game interviews with Rebel skipper Mike Bianco, Turner and Waguespack:
(May 23, 2013)