May 02, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -- With nine Southeastern Conference games to go, No. 24 Ole Miss (29-16, 10-11) is in decent position to make a run and host an NCAA regional.
Perfect Game national writer Kendall Rogers said Tuesday that Ole Miss and Arkansas were the two candidates for the final spot in his host site projections. Rogers went with Arkansas, but the Rebels took two from the Hogs and have a key opportunity to enhance their resume, as LSU comes to Oxford this weekend.
The Rebels will need a productive weekend offensively to knock off the Tigers, but it's not necessarily about batting average. Ole Miss' offense is built on quality at-bats throughout the lineup -- an area the Rebels have struggled with at times this season.
The SEC provides batting analysis each week, and here's how Ole Miss stacks up inside the conference. The following stats are only for the 21 league games.
.291 batting average (2nd in SEC)
92 runs scored (10th)
.290 against left-handed pitching (5th)
.292 against right-handed pitching (2nd)
.276 with runners on base (7th)
.305 with the bases empty (2nd)
.182 (4-of-22) with bases loaded (12th)
.351 on-base percentage to start an inning (11th)
8-of-32 in pinch-hit at-bats (4th)
.244 with runners in scoring position (9th)
61 percent (26-of-43) success rate in scoring runner from third with less than two outs (7th)
.275 with two outs (4th)
44 percent success rate in advancing runners (11th)
32 2-out RBI (7th)
54 total runners have advanced on an out (10th)
164 left on base (4th)
Here's a look at the conference stats in these categories:
For Ole Miss, it's all about maximizing opportunities. The Rebels' highest conference ranks come in overall batting average, batting with the bases empty and batting with two outs. However, the rank disparity in batting average and runs scored can somewhat be explained in categories where the Rebels are in the bottom third or so of the league.
Stats don't always tell the whole story, as Kentucky is dead last in advancing runners with outs while Alabama is second, but as a whole the Rebels need better production in plus situations. The potential is there, and three weeks of execution could land the Rebels with a home weekend the first few days of June. Despite the current conference record, Ole Miss remains very much in the conversation.