OXFORD, Miss. — The Rebels (25-4, 6-3) are the consensus number three baseball team in the nation this week.
The Rebels, who were ranked number four in all five of the above polls last week, defeated then-No. 14 Southern Miss earlier in the week and followed that up with a critical series (2-1) victory over then-No. 5 Arkansas in Oxford that precipitated the one-spot rise in each of the five polls.
The Rebels dropped the opening game of the series against the Razorbacks, but they bounced back to win the final two. Assistant coach Mike Clement attributes part of the resiliency to the maturation of the team’s younger players.
“Because of the youth of a year ago and the experience that they got, they’re seeing what they are seeing right now. We have a bunch of guys that are really confident players.“
Ole Miss assistant coach Mike Clement
At 6-3 in league play, Ole Miss has now moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC West, with Arkansas and LSU tied for second at 5-4.
Rebels hit the road
Ole Miss now begins an eight-game road trip this week as the Rebels play Memphis on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at AutoZone Park, followed by a trip to Starkville to play a weekend series Mississippi State. Ole Miss won’t play again at home until April 18.