LSU just defeated Alabama 3-0 to make a Rebels-Crimson Tide elimination matchup official. That will be tomorrow at 9:30.
I’m digging the early start times.
The Rebels will see Alabama’s top pitcher, a native Mississippian in Spencer Turnbull.
The former Madison Central star got a no-decision at Swayze Field on April 14, giving up six hits, two runs and four walks over six innings. Presently, Turnbull is 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA.
Ole Miss will start Jacob Waguespack, who has the distinction of being the Rebels’ earliest “announced” starter of the SEC tournament. Mike Bianco told us he would go with Waguespack, a freshman right-hander, right after the Arkansas postgame session.
It’s an interesting choice. Waguespack was a guy who would likely have filled a larger role this season had he not missed about half of it with tendonitis. He’s pitched well, but has pitched very little, just 9.1 innings over five appearances.
In his only other start he threw three straight scoreless innings at Southern Miss. He started the fourth and retired no one and was charged with two runs from that inning.
It appears that Waguespack has moved ahead of Josh Laxer in the pecking order, at least for the time being. Laxer is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in eight starts over 12 appearances. He’s been the primary non-conference starter.
Laxer, though, struggled in his last two appearances — the second one in relief at Southern Miss — and has given up 10 hits, six earned runs over 3.0 innings in those games.
Today’s pitching matchup
Ole Miss won three games against Alabama in Oxford and will face the Crimson Tide’s top pitcher today.
Spencer Turnbull, a right-hander and a Mississippian from Madison, got a no-decision at Swayze Field on April 14 when the Rebels won in the 11th inning on Tanner Mathis’ walk-off hit.
Turnbull went six innings, giving up six hits, two runs and four walks. He’s 4-3 with a 3.61 earned run average.
The Rebels will start freshman right-hander Jacob Waguespack (0-1, 2.89).