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Diamond Rebels are nation’s consensus No. 3 team

Diamond Rebels are nation’s consensus No. 3 team

OXFORD, Miss. — The Rebels (25-4, 6-3) are the consensus number three baseball team in the nation this week.

All five of the of the major outlets — D1Baseball, Perfect Game, NCBWA, Baseball America, and the USA Today Coaches poll — have Ole Miss ranked third in the country.

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

SEC standings

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.

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.


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