Ole Miss Begins SEC Series with Kentucky Thursday

By: Ole Miss Media Relations
By: Ole Miss Media Relations

Ole Miss and Kentucky have faced each other 71 times with the Rebels holding 42-29 lead in the all-time series. The two teams first met in the 1925 season and did not meet again until the 1987 season. Ole Miss won both games in the 1925 season that were played in Oxford.

• Ole Miss not only holds the lead overall, but holds a 25-8 lead in games played in Oxford.
• The Rebels are 19-14 against the Wildcats under Mike Bianco and 5-5 in weekend series.
• In those five series wins, the Rebels have posted four sweeps with a 2-1 series win in 2010.
• Under head coach Mike Bianco, the Rebels are 11-5 against Kentucky in games played in Oxford.

A LOOK AT KENTUCKY
Kentucky enters the weekend series with an overall record of 24-16 and are 7-11 in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats reached as high as No. 7 in the national rankings, but have lost seven straight games and three consecutive series in SEC play. Kentucky dropped a 4-3 contest at Western Kentucky in 18 innings on Tuesday night on a walk-off home run.
• Kentucky hits at a .264 clip on the season with 25 home runs, 211 RBI and 232 runs scored.
• Kyle Barnett leads the Cats at the plate, hitting .352 with 18 runs scored, four doubles and a triple.
• A.J. Reed is the top run producer for the Wildcats with 10 home runs and 45 RBI to this point in 2013.
• As a staff, UK holds a 3.29 ERA with a .268 opponent batting average, 299 strikeouts and 105 walks.
• LHP Corey Littrell leads UK with a 4-3 record and a 3.20 ERA. He has 54 strikeouts to 24 walks.
• Littrell has held opponents to a .246 batting average and allowed 32 runs through 54.2 innings.

FAST STARTS KEY REBEL SUCCESS
Quick starts to games have been a key to Rebel success this season. When the Rebels get on the board often and early, Ole Miss tends to win. Through the first four innings, Ole Miss is outscoring its opponents by a whopping 127-to-51 margin. Ole Miss is 24-4 when scoring first this season and is 15-2 when scoring in the first inning.

HUBER MOVING TOWARD THE TOP OF SEC SAVES LIST
Senior right-hander Brett Huber continues to climb the list for career saves in the Southeastern Conference, posting 36 for his career. The Illinois native already holds the school record for saves, breaking that in the season-opener against TCU. Now he's moved into third place all-time in the SEC in saves, most recently passing LSU closer Matty Ott on the list. Huber trails only famed SEC closers Joshua Fields (41) and Matt Price (43) on the all-time saves list in the SEC.

MATHIS MAKES 161 CONSECUTIVE STARTS FOR THE REBELS
Senior outfielder Tanner Mathis has been a mainstay in the Rebels' lineup for the last several years, posting 161 consecutive starts heading into the weekend series with Tennessee. Mathis started all 55 games as a sophomore, all 63 games as a junior and all 42 games this season. The streak dates back to the final game of the 2010 season against St. John's in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional in Charlottesville, Va., when Mathis was a freshman. The streak of consecutive starts is the fourth longest active streak in the nation.


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