1. Strength vs. strength
Louisiana-Lafayette is the nation’s top-hitting team in terms of runs, hits, triples, sacrifice flies and slugging percentage and is second in batting average. Ole Miss is 17th nationally in ERA and a hardly weak 11th in batting average.
2. Dynamic duo
If it’s true good pitching trumps good hitting, give the edge to the Rebels. Ole Miss has one of the nation’s top starting pitching duos in Saturday starter Chris Ellis (10-1, 2.16 ERA) and Sunday starter Christian Trent (9-0, 2.37), a transfer from LSU.
3. Devil in the details
In this series, a game, and then the entire super regional, could turn on one play. The little things could turn out to be a huge deal. Like defense: The Ragin’ Cajuns are eighth nationally in fielding percentage (.979), the Rebels 50th at .973. Louisiana-Lafayette is 11th in walks and fourth in stolen bases, while Ole Miss is 149th and 18th.