Opportunity out in front

With nine SEC games left and currently sitting five games over .500 at 13-8 in conference play some very important goals – mostly hosting a regional – are there for the taking for Ole Miss.

Ole Miss hasn’t finished above .500 in SEC play since 2010 when it finished 16-14. The year before the Rebels were 20-10 and named SEC overall champions, sharing the title with LSU. The Tigers defeated the Rebels in the head-to-head that year.

Right now Ole Miss and Alabama share the West lead and are two games behind Florida. They are second in the SEC overall standings. LSU is a half game behind Ole Miss and Alabama and will always have the half game to deal with since an LSU-Georgia game earlier this season ended tied.

In 2010 the Rebels’ 16-14 finish was not enough to earn a home regional. In 2007 a 16-14 finish did earn the Rebels a home regional.

The Rebels hosted regionals from 2004-2007 and again in 2009. They have never failed to host with at least 17 wins. They were 17-13 in 2006 and 18-12 in both 2005 and 2004.

In other notes, some from Bill Bunting …

The Rebels hit .383 at Kentucky (49-for-128). Eighteen of those hits were for extra bases. … The 39 runs were the most in a three-game SEC series, surpassing the previous mark of 38 set against Tennessee in 2007. … Auston Bousfield hit .611 for the week, JB Woodman .556. … The sweep was the Rebels’ first against a ranked foe on the road since getting three at No. 16 Arkansas. … Arkansas, with the SEC’s No. 2 pitching staff (2.31 ERA) visits this week. … Ole Miss has the No. 3 ERA at 2.40. Kentucky is No. 13 at 4.10.

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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