VIDEO BLOG: RALEIGH, N.C. — Ole Miss would love to be busy today. The second-seeded Rebels survived the first elimination game by defeating Binghamton 8-4 on Saturday.
Now, the Rebels are hoping for a double-dip Sunday.
Ole Miss (38-23 overall) will open today with a noon CT elimination game against the William & Mary Tribe (38-23), who were put in the second elimination game after falling to Carlos Rodon and the host N.C. State Wolfpack 1-0.
Should the Rebels survive Game 1 today, they’ll advance to face the Wolfpack (46-14) tonight at 6.
One more “what-if”: Should the Rebels somehow go 2-0 today, they’ll have to win again on Monday against the Wolfpack to advance out of the Raleigh Regional (which, as Ole Miss fans should know all too well, teams that have lost the first game of a regional have been able to still claw their way out of it from time to time).
HITTING THE LINKS: Checkout the links below to get caught up on how the Rebels got to this point or click HERE to catch up on Ole Miss’ entire season (and HERE for all of the Oxford EAGLE’s photos):
OLE MISS SEASON STATS
5.24 Waguespack showing signs of promise
5.24 Alabama sends Rebels packing
5.27 BLOG: UPDATED: NCAA announces regional sites
5.27 BLOG: Rebels headed to Raleigh (N.C.) Regional
5.28 Will Wahl or Mayers start Game 1? Bianco hasn’t made a final decision yet
5.28 Rebels headed to Raleigh Regional
5.29 Bianco decides on Mayers as Game 1 starter
5.30 VIDEO BLOG: Rebels prepare for Raleigh (N.C.) Regional
5.30 Rebels need Mathis, Mistone to keep hitting
5.30 Raleigh Regional should be interesting
5.31 Regional provides Bousfield chance to hit reset
5.31 William & Mary not just happy to be in Raleigh
5.31 Rodon, Wahl could face each other Saturday
5.31 VIDEO BLOG: Rebs can’t get big hit, fall to Tribe
6.1 VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss avoids elimination as Wahl earns win No. 10
Vine videos of Doak Field at Dail Park: HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Also, want to keep up with NCAA Tournament scores from around the country? Here’s the CWS Twitter feed.
The Ducks must now face three-seed San Fancisco in a put-out game today at 2 p.m. CT (on ESPN3).
ON THE MOUND: Ole Miss will turn to right-handed sophomore Sam Smith (3-0, 3.11 ERA) to prolong its season. Smith has struck out 33 against 19 walks in 63.2 innings and opponents are hitting .279 off of him. In his last start, the Lake Charles, La., native allowed just one run in six innings against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament on May 22. His six innings tied a career-high.
The Tribe will send right-hander Brett Koehler (6-5, 4.44) to the mound. Koehler has stuck out 65 against just 11 walks in 101.1 innings. Opponents are hitting a healthy .321 off the right-hander.
— — — STARTING LINEUPS — — —
NO. 2 OLE MISS REBELS (38-23)
LF Tanner Mathis (.281 BA/.412 OBP/.308 SLG)
CF Auston Bousfield (.257/.349/.350)
SS Anderson (.311/.388/.421)
C Stuart Turner (.374/.443/.521)
3B Andrew Mistone (.317/.384/.379)
1B Preston Overbey (.284/.335/.421)
RF Will Jamison (.279/.398/.390)
DH Will Allen (.234/.267/.317)
2B Christian Helsel (.189/.274/.230)
RHP Sam Smith (3-0, 3.11 ERA)
NO. 3 WILLIAM & MARY TRIBE (38-23)
CF Ryan Brown (.329/.459/.418)
3B William Shaw (.304/.420/.396)
1B Michael Katz (.358/.445/.552)
2B Ryan Lindemuth (.358/.445/.552)
C Ryan Hissey (.276/.343/.341)
LF Jonathan Sarty (.281/.309/.339)
DH Jackson Shaver (.257/.325/.322)
SS Ryan Williams (.248/.340/.290)
RF Derek Lowe (.243/.327/.266)
RHP Brett Koehler (6-5, 4.44)
— — — SCORING SUMMARY — — —
WILLIAM & MARY 1, Ole Miss 0 (Bottom 1): Back-to-back two-out doubles by Michael Katz and Ryan Lindemuth gave the Tribe an early 1-0 lead. After Rebel starter Sam Smith recorded groundouts for the first two outs of the game, Katz hit a double to right-center and then scored on Lindemuth’s two-baser past Andrew Mistone at third base.
OLE MISS 1, William & Mary 1 (Top 4): Ole Miss tied the game in the fourth when Preston Overbey hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs. Austin Anderson, who singled to open the frame, scored on the play.
WILLIAM & MARY 3, Ole Miss 1 (Bottom 4): The Tribe wasted no time retaliating. After a hit batter and single opened the bottom of the fourth, William & Mary sacrificed the runners over and then Jackson Shaver singled up the middle, scoring both.
WILLIAM & MARY 4, Ole Miss 1 (Bottom 6): William & Mary chased Smith in the sixth after Lindemuth hit a leadoff double. Southpaw Jeremy Massie immediately surrendered an RBI-single but then struck out the next batter and got a double play to limit the damage.
FINAL SCORE: William & Mary 4, Ole Miss 1.
HOW THE GAME WAS LOST: Ole Miss’ offensive struggles ended up being its demise. After scoring its lone run in the fourth, the Rebels never threatened again. Ole Miss had two runners on in the fifth, but Tanner Mathis was thrown out trying to take second on a wild pitch and Auston Bousfield struck out to end the inning with Christian Helsel on third. Over the course of the next four innings, the Rebels sent the minimum 12 batters to the plate. Sikes Orvis, pinch hitting for Helsel, singled to lead off the eighth, but Mathis hit into a double play to erase Ole Miss’ final base runner.
BY THE NUMBERS: Tribe right-hander Brett Koehler (7-5) earned the complete-game win, allowing one unearned run in nine innings. Koehler struck out five against one walk and allowed seven hits. … Smith (3-1) was hit with the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings. The loss is Smith’s first as a Rebel. … Massie and Aaron Greenwood combined to pitch three scoreless frames to close out the season. … Lindemuth and Ryan Hissey each had two hits for the Tribe. No Rebel had more than one. … With the loss, Ole Miss concludes its season with a 38-24 overall record.
PARTING VIEW: Below is the post-game press conference with Smith, Mathis and head coach Mike Bianco:
For more from the Raleigh Regional, visit OxfordEAGLE.com. (June 2, 2013)