June 2, 2009
The Cavalier baseball team hits the road again this weekend, as Virginia travels to Oxford, Mississippi, for the NCAA Super Regional. In breaking down the Ole Miss baseball team, fans will see that the Rebels pose a pretty big hurdle for the Cavaliers to overcome.
Mississippi won its own regional this past weekend, needing four games to do so. The Rebels downed Western Kentucky on Monday night, 4-1, to clinch the region. Drew Pomeranz tossed a complete game two hitter, giving up no earned runs and striking out a school record 16 batters. Pomeranz accomplished all of this on just two days rest.
This might lead one to believe that Pomeranz would not be the starting pitcher on Friday afternoon to open things up, but Virginia is bound to face him at some point. His numbers are pretty impressive, as his 3.46 ERA, two complete games, and 114 strikeouts lead the Rebels' pitching staff. Pomeranz is 8-4 on the season in 15 starts.
Mississippi has some offense as well. As a team, the Rebels hold a .315 batting average and have clubbed 54 home runs as a squad. Tim Ferguson leads the team with a .361 average, but has only started 32 of Ole Miss' 61 contests. Jordan Henry leads the everyday starters with a .347 average, while Matt Smith is close behind at .342. Smith also leads the team in RBI with 57, while Kyle Henson leads the club with eight home runs.
The Rebels have quite the regular season resume, as they won the SEC Western Division, and took home an SEC regular season championship as well. The club draws great crowds in support, as Mississippi had between nine and ten thousand fans for each of its regional games.
The Oxford Super Regional gets underway on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Game two is set for Saturday at noon, with game three set for Sunday at 3:00pm in necessary.