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Mike Bianco

Ole Miss Coach Mike Bianco talks about the Rebels' win against Arkansas State, about Sikes Orvis, Josh Laxer, Chris Ellis, Brett Huber, and the series this weekend at Florida.




Most figure the Florida baseball team is going to snap out of it at some point. It could happen at any time.

The Gators limp into a weekend series hosting Ole Miss with a 11-15 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Southeastern Conference. But Bianco said the Gators are too talented to continue to have the record they do now. So he expects them to be at their best this weekend when the Rebels play in Gainesville.

Florida lost weekend series in league play so far to Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The Gators are coming off a midweek loss in a tight contest with Florida State, dropping a 2-1 decision to the No. 4 Seminoles.

Some weekend notes from Bill Bunting of Ole Miss athletics media relations:

• Sophomore outfielder Justin Shafer leads the Gators with a .317 average and is one of four players with three home runs.

• As a team, the Gators are batting at a .260 clip with 16 home runs, 102 RBI and 124 runs scored.

• Freshman right-handed pitcher Jay Carmichael, who is scheduled to be on the mound tonight, holds a 3-1 record with a 1.88 ERA through two starts with 18 strikeouts and nine walks. Carmichael has held opponents to a .167 batting average through his 11 outings and allowed only six runs.

• Florida's pitching staff holds a 4.54 ERA with 181 strikeouts and 85 walks, while opponents are hitting at a .265 clip against the Gators. The squad has four saves, all belonging to Johnny Magliozzi.

On Saturday, Florida plans to pitch junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (0-4, 5.67 ERA). The Sunday starter is listed as to be determined.

A closer look at the Rebels heading into the weekend:

• Stuart Turner continues to lead the SEC in batting, hitting at a .460 clip through six weeks of play. The junior catcher also ranks 7th nationally in batting average and is tied for sixth nationally in RBI (33) entering the week.

• Junior shortstop Austin Anderson entered the week as the nation's toughest player to strike out. To date, Anderson has struck out only three times through 99 at bats.

• Junior right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl continues to be tied for the league and national lead with a 6-0 record this season.

• Sophomore RHP Chris Ellis returned to the mound Sunday after five weeks rehabbing a strained abdominal muscle. Bianco said he will start the Sunsday game.

• Sophomore first baseman Sikes Orvis continued to heat up at the plate, hitting .583 over the last four games.

Game times for the weekend are set for 6 p.m. (Central) today, and Noon (Central) both Saturday and Sunday.

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