The Rebels’ relentless offense

The Ole Miss offense has been pretty good of late. It hasn’t always been pretty, and sometimes all the runs have come in one or two big innings.

But the Rebels have kept pounding — that’s sort of the definition of relentless — and usually the runs have come.

Ole Miss has scored five or more runs 10 times in 15 SEC games.

The production has been interesting. Auston Bousfield was hot as a firecracker at the start. As he’s cooled off, Braxton Lee has really picked it up.

Austin Anderson has been incredibly consistent and is hitting .379 in SEC play.

Sikes Orvis and Will Allen look like totally different players from a year ago.

In 2013, Orvis hit .237 with three doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He’s already surpassed those power season totals. He’s second in the SEC with eight home runs. He’s got eight doubles and 28 RBIs. He’s hitting .313.

Allen is currently hitting .353, that 121 points higher than the .231 with which he finished last season.

He has 14 doubles, five home runs and 40 RBIs — second in the SEC — surpassing his 2013 totals of five doubles, four home runs and 23 RBIs.

For Ole Miss, it hasn’t been only about getting on base but what the Rebels have done when on base, as Mike Bianco talks about in today’s update from the Mother Ship.

Lee leads the SEC with 19 stolen bases, five ahead of the second guy, Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson.

As the week begins the Rebels are first in hits (422), first in stolen bases (66),  second in average (.310), second in runs scored (229), second in slugging (.424), tied for second in RBIs (202), second in home runs (25), third in on-base percentage (.375).

It’s been a strong offensive showing through the first half of SEC play, and the Rebels will need to bring all they have Thursday night against LSU ace Aaron Nola.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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