RALEIGH, N.C. – Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco did not know today’s opponent in the minutes following the Rebels’ 8-4 win over Binghamton and did not name a starter.
If he sticks with what was his regular rotation for SEC weekends this would be Sam Smith’s turn.
That rotation, though, has not been fully settled since rain erased Bobby Wahl on the Friday night of the Mississippi State series.
Freshman Jacob Waguespack and sophomore Chris Ellis are the other candidates to start.
Waguespack, who missed the first half of the season with tendonitis, surpassed sophomore Josh Laxer, who was the primary starter for mid-week games.
Ellis had been set to be the third SEC starter, but an abdominal injury set him back, and he was unable to take the job from Smith, who is 3-0 with a 3.11 earned run average.
Austin Anderson’s smash to Binghamton first baseman Brian Ruby bounced off Ruby and allowed two runs to score in the Rebels’ four-run eighth inning.
It was ruled an error and kept Anderson from a 5-for-5 day. The Rebels’ junior shortstop had a ground-rule double over the right fielder’s head in the third and an RBI hit in the seventh among his four hits.
He laughed off the error, a well-struck ball, saying, “You can’t find holes all the time.”
Anderson has found a lot of them lately with two or more hits in six of his last seven games. Saturday’s day lifted his average to .322, second on the team.
Tough day for Turner
While Anderson has excelled, it’s been a difficult regional for Stuart Turner, the Rebels’ leading hitter.
He was 1-for-4 against William & Mary and unable to deliver in a high-profile at-bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the tying runs aboard.
Against Binghamton, Turner was 1-for-5 and struck out three times. His average has dropped to .371.
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