Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Diamond Rebels Face No. 7 Texas A&M in Season Finale at Swayze

Photo courtesy Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
Photo courtesy Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

The Ole Miss baseball team hosts this weekend the Texas A&M Aggies to close out the 2015 regular season on the diamond of Swayze Field.

Ole Miss (29-24, 14-13 SEC) enters the weekend after an offensive display against the Red Wolves of Arkansas State 17-3 on Tuesday night.

During the Rebels’ winning streak, senior Sikes Orvis is hitting .600 with 12 hits, 7 home runs, two doubles, 16 RBI, 11 runs and a 1.750 slugging percentage. He is currently ranked 10th all-time in Ole Miss history with 34 career home runs, and his 16 home runs in 2015 are tied for the seventh-most in a single season.

Texas A&M has dropped from the No. 1 spot but still have remained in the Top-10 in multiple national polls, currently seventh in the country. Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Aggies are 42-9, including 17-9 in conference action. The combination of solid pitching and a potent offense has been the to the success of Texas A&M.

Six Aggies have batting averages over the .300 clip. Blake Allemand, Nick Banks, Logan Taylor and Mitchell Nau eclipse the .350 plateau as Texas A&M hits .317 as a team.

The Aggies will send Garyson Long and Ryan Hendrix to the mound on Thursday and Friday respectively while Coach Mike Bianco will call on the arms of Christian Trent and Brad Bramlett in the first two games. Neither team has announced a hurler for the last game of the series.

If the Rebels were going into Hoover today for the SEC tournament, Ole Miss would face the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Ole Miss and A&M have faced one another 11 times over the years, with the Aggies holding a slim 6-5 lead. Last season in College Station, the Rebels took the series 2-1.

Tonight’s game will be on ESPNU with a 6:30 p.m. start time scheduled. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s for 1:30 p.m. on SEC Network+.

Adam Brown is HottyToddy.com sports editor and can be reached at adam.brown@hottytoddy.com.

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