A little rain delay video:
Ole Miss (43-18, visitor)
LF Lee .292
CF Bousfield .350
3B Anderson .339
C Allen .348
1B Orvis .296
DH Bortles .245
RF Woodman .331
2B Overbey .254
SS Robinson .306
RHP Sam Smith 5-4, 3.58
CF Bishop .307
2B Ely .302
RF Wolfe .354
1B Berry .264
DH Mitsui .326
C Rei .315
LF Pehl .264
3B Baker .229
SS Forgione .231
LHP Will Ballowe 4-1, 2.34
We’re about an hour and a half from the scheduled 2 p.m. start. Washington will be the home team for this game.
The Rebels have occupied the first base dugout and are milling around, some of them visiting with fans.
There are more clouds than clear skies, but it looked worse a half hour ago than it does now. There’s even some sun out at the moment. There was a very brief rain shower a few minutes ago.
Washington has announced left-hander Will Ballowe as its starting pitcher.
Ballowe pitched the bottom of the eighth against Ole Miss on Sunday and retired the Rebels in order with two strikeouts. He threw nine pitches.
Ballowe has had 30 appearances this year, two of them starts. He arrived at the regional with a 4-1 mark, a 2.34 ERA and one save in 50 innings.
He retired Sikes Orvis and J.B. Woodman with strikeouts and retired Will Jamison on a pop-up. Those are three of the five left-handed bats that Ole Miss had in its lineup yesterday. Orvis and Woodman will definitely be there again today.
If you’re wondering about bullpen depth, remember both Washington and Ole Miss opened the regional with complete games from their starters.
Ballowe was the only arm used in Washington’s bullpen against Ole Miss.
The Huskies used two more relievers in their 4-2 win over Georgia Tech last night but still have not used their closer, Troy Rallings, a sophomore right-hander. He’s appeared in 30 games this season and is 5-1 with nine saves and a 2.18 ERA over 41.1 innings.
Ole Miss will start Sam Smith (5-4, 3.58) in Game 1. Smith has looked a little worn down in recent weeks, and hasn’t gone as deep into games as he did consistently earlier in the season. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said yesterday he has complete confidence in Smith.
The only reliever used by Ole Miss on Sunday was Aaron Greenwood. Figuring that Bianco will try to save Jeremy Massie to start a second game if necessary, look for the first man out to be Scott Weathersby.