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Ole Miss and Texas A&M will face off in an SEC regular season series next spring. Here’s some A&M reaction to facing Ole Miss tonight in a College Station Regional winner’s bracket game. First pitch is 6:35 p.m.
A&M coach Rob Childress: “It is going to be a great game. Coach Bianco does an amazing job, and has for years. They are battle tested. They have gone through 33 games in the SEC and there’s nothing they haven’t seen. They played very well today. They were down 2-0 and almost out of it. The starter for TCU did a nice job. It just took them a spark and just like that they ran past them. There is nothing you haven’t seen if you go 33 games through the Southeastern Conference. It is going to be a great test.”
First baseman Jacob House: “It’ll be good. I’m excited for it. They have been through it all. They have seen good pitching, and we are going to give them a good one tomorrow night. It should be fun, and a good atmosphere.”
The Aggies will start right-hander Ross Stripling (10-3, 2.90).
Stripling will make his 48th career start, ranking him in the top five of active NCAA players.
Earlier this month he threw the 11th no-hitter in A&M history on the day he was scheduled to graduate.
A native of Southlake, Texas, near Dallas, Stripling pitched the Aggies to a 1-0 win over San Diego State, giving up only a fifth-inning walk while striking out seven in a 106-pitch outing before 4,208 fans at Blue Bell Park.
It was the Aggies’ first nine-inning no-hitter since 1996.
Stripling made 13 appearances as a freshman and entered the Aggies rotation a year later in 2010.
His losses this season came at home against Missouri, at Baylor and against Kansas in the Big 12 tournament.
Three times this season he’s allowed as many as nine hits, including his last two outings in which he’s 1-1. Stripling gave up six earned runs in a May 18 win over Oklahoma State, five earned runs in the loss to Kansas.
He’s walked only two batters in his last five starts, a span of 40 innings.
Ole Miss will counter with Mike Mayers. After a string of three starts in which he went just five, four and four innings, Mayers has allowed just one earned run over his last two starts, six innings at Vanderbilt on May 18 and seven innings against Arkansas in the SEC tournament.
For the season he’s 5-3, 3.52 ERA in 84.1 innings with 26 walks, 60 strikeouts and an opponents’ batting average of .225.
A few notes here on the Rebels in their two most recent road regionals:
Two years ago in Charlottesville the Rebels, a 2 seed, defeated St. John’s in the regional opener. On the next day they were soundly defeated 13-7 by host Virginia.
With two teams clearly out of pitching, the Rebels were eliminated on Sunday by the St. John’s team Drew Pomeranz had beaten earlier, falling 20-16.
In 2008 in Miami, the Rebels lost the regional opener to Missouri defeated Bethune-Cookman and Missouri to work themselves into a situation of having to defeat Miami twice to win the regional. They lost in the first game 11-2.