TEAM OF THE DAY: Mississippi
After splitting their first two SEC series against Auburn and Alabama, respectively, the Rebels certainly are looking to make a huge statement against Florida this weekend. The Rebels started the weekend on an excellent note, defeating the red-hot Gators 3-0 in front of over 9,000 Rebel-friendly fans. Ole Miss starting pitcher Bobby Wahl was excellent in the huge win, while offensively, first baseman Matt Snyder hit a home run and second baseman Alex Yarbrough recorded two hits. The Rebels put together an impressive performance.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Bobby Wahl, rhp, Mississippi
Wahl entered the spring a highly touted prospect, but the Rebels wanted the righty to find a way to put all the puzzle pieces together. Well, he has done that, and Florida found out the hard way on Friday. Wahl was terrific against the Gators, striking out six and allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings of work. He threw 116 pitches, 71 of them for strikes. Also, Wahl (5-0) showed excellent stuff against the Gators, sitting 90-94 with his fastball, topping out at 95. He also flashed a plus slider at 80-83.
UPSET OF THE DAY: Clemson over Miami
Yeah, it does feel a little weird to call this such a huge upset. The Tigers have gotten off to an iffy start in ACC play, but this weekend's series against Miami is an opportunity to finally take a step forward. The Tigers didn't disappoint in the series opener, taking a 3-1 decision from the Hurricanes behind some strong pitching. Starting pitcher Kevin Brady allowed just a run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings, while relievers Matt Campbell and Scott Firth were tremendous. Campbell struck out seven in four shutout innings, while Firth struck out two in 1 2/3 shutout innings.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org