June 2013 Archives

Rebels In Collegiate Summer Leagues Update 6.24

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Throughout the summer here on the Ole Miss Sports Blog, we'll take a look at current Rebels and update Rebel fans on how the individual players are performing in their respective summer leagues, headlined by four players in the Cape Cod League.


C/1B Will Allen -- Baltimore Redbirds -- Cal Ripken Senior League

Allen is listed on the roster for Baltimore, but he has not played in any games.

LHP Scott Ashford -- Richmond RiverRats -- Prospect League

Ashford has appeared in relief in seven games for Richmond. He holds a 7.14 ERA and has allowed nine runs on 10 hits with 12 walks and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work.

LHP Austin Blunt -- High Point-Thomasville HiToms -- Coastal Plain League

Blunt has made eight appearances, including two starts for Thomasville. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and has allowed 11 runs -- 6 earned -- on 14 hits with eight walks and 17 strikeouts. Since his two starts, he has moved into the bullpen and has allowed just three runs -- all unearned -- on seven hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts. Thomasville plays the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on June 29 and 30.

OF Auston Bousfield -- Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox -- Cape Cod League

Bousfield has a hit in five of his nine games, including four of his last six. He is hitting .188 (6-for-32), including a home run on June 16 against Chatham. He also has four runs scored, four RBI, four walks and a stolen base. He also has a 1.000 fielding percentage and an outfield assist.

RHP Hawtin Buchanan -- Bourne Braves -- Cape Cod League

Buchanan has made three appearances, all in relief, for Bourne. He has allowed just one hit in his eight batters faced. In a combined 2.1 innings, he holds a 0.00 ERA with a walk and strikeout. It is his second summer for Bourne, where he posted a 1-2 record and recorded three saves with a 3.78 ERA in 16.2 innings over 14 appearances last year.

LHP Matt Denny -- Baltimore Redbirds -- Cal Ripken Senior League

Denny, who worked out of the bullpen for the Rebels this past season, has made two starts for Baltimore. In his most recent start, he worked four scoreless innings, giving up just four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. In a combined 7.0 innings, he holds a 2.57 ERA with three walks and six strikeouts. He has allowed just seven hits in his 31 batters faced.

OF Cameron Dishon -- High Point-Thomasville HiToms -- Coastal Plain League

In six games for Thomasville, including three starts, Dishon is hitless in 11 at-bats with a walk and four strikeouts. He also has a 1.000 fielding percentage and an outfield assist. Thomasville plays the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on June 29 and 30.

RHP Chris Ellis -- Cotuit Kettleers -- Cape Cod League

Ellis, both a starter and reliever for the Rebels this past season, has made two starts for Cotuit. He took a no-hitter into the seventh in his most recent start, June 21 against Harwich, giving up just one unearned run on hit with two walks and three strikeouts. In a combined 10.0 innings of work, he has faced 40 batters and allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. His nine strikeouts is tied for third in the Cape Cod League.

2B Christian Helsel -- St. Cloud Rox -- Northwoods League

Helsel, who transitioned into a starting role at second base for the Rebels this past season, played left field, third base and right field in his first three games for St. Cloud, but has settled in at first base in recent games. He has four hits in 22 at-bats with a double, two runs scored, two RBI and two walks. He has not played since June 18.


RHP Josh Laxer -- Bourne Braves -- Cape Cod League

Laxer, a midweek starter for the Rebels this past season, has made two appearances, both in relief, for Bourne. In his most recent appearance, June 22 against Cotuit, he combined with two other pitches for a no-hitter. He recorded a walk and strikeout in three no-hit innings. In a combined 5.2 innings of work, he has faced 22 batters and allowed just one unearned run on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts.

1B Sikes Orvis -- Waynesboro Generals -- Valley League

In 10 games for Waynesboro, including seven starts at first base and designated hitter, Orvis has two hits in 22 at-bats with a double, three walks, a run scored and an RBI.

C Holt Perdzock -- Wilson Tobs -- Coastal Plain League

Including his first appearance on June 12 against Gastonia, Perdzok has played in six of the last nine games for Wilson, including five starts. He started a game each at left field and right field and three behind the plate. In all, he has six hits in 20 at-bats with a double, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Behind the plate, he threw out one of four base runners. Wilson plays the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on June 25.

RHP Scott Weathersby -- So Cal Catch -- California Collegiate League

Weatherby, a reliever for the Rebels this past season, has both started and worked out of the bullpen for So Cal. In his two starts, he has allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on 11 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. His most impressive performance came in his last start, June 22 against Santa Paula, in which he allowed just one unearned run on six hits with five strikeouts. In a combined 10.0 innings of work, he holds a 2-0 record and 0.83 ERA with two walks and 10 strikeouts. 

Summer Update On The Courts

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The collegiate tennis season ended about a month ago with the Ole Miss men's tennis All-American duo of Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz reaching the NCAA Final Four in doubles. After a few days in Oxford, the two headed to opposite parts of the world, Lutjen to begin his pro career, and Scholtz to play in some Futures tournaments, as collegiate players often do in the summer months. The results so far indicate why they became one of the top doubles tandems in the nation.

Vorster_Scholtz_Turkey.jpgScholtz, who will be a junior next season, traveled to Turkey for Futures events, and teamed up with Rebel alum Tucker Vorster, also an outstanding doubles player, to capture two titles in three weeks.  Their most recent title came Friday in Instanbul, where the South African duo defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Alexander Krasnorutskiy and Anton Manegin from Russia 7-6(1), 6-4.   Scholtz and Vorster also won the doubles in Konya, Turkey.

One of just nine players to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles, Scholtz also reached the final of the singles in Instanbul, where he lost a close match Saturday to the No. 2 seed.

After joining Scholtz asLutjen_Hanfmann_Mexico.jpg two of only six players to finish the 2013 season top 20 in singles and top 10 in doubles, Lutjen got his pro career off to a good start in Mexico, teaming up with fellow countryman and Southern Cal sophomore Yannick Hanfmann to capture the doubles title a week ago in Quintana Roo.  They beat the No. 1 seed in the semifinals and the No. 2 seed in the final.  The win marked Lutjen's first pro doubles title. 

Following their wins, Lutjen is back in Germany to continue his pro career, while Scholtz heads back to the Motherland for a well-deserved break, before returning to Oxford in the fall.

Pomeranz Works Toward Return To Majors

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LAS VEGAS -- Former Ole Miss Rebel and current Colorado Springs Sky Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies on September 11, 2011. 

Less than two years after being selected by the Cleveland Indians with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, he had made it, and he described being called up that fast as a very fortunate situation.

"The way my career went, getting up there so quick, I was fortunate to get a taste of that and learn the things I need to refine for when I go back up there to be ready," Pomeranz said.

"I'm trying to knock out a lot of the stuff I need to work on here (at Colorado Springs) while I have the opportunity because it's hard to work on things up there (in the major leagues). It's hard to work on things and concentrate on getting those guys out."

The Rockies acquired Pomeranz in a trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians, and less than two months later, he made his debut, starting four games in September, then moved into the rotation last year. 

He made 22 starts in the majors, posting a 2-9 record with a 4.93 ERA and 83 strikeouts against 46 walks in 96.2 innings. He also made 10 starts with Colorado Springs, which is where Pomeranz has pitched so far this year. 

"I needed to work on being with three pitches and being more efficient," Pomeranz said of what he needed to work on this year.

Those three pitches -- fastball, curveball and change-up -- Pomeranz said he felt he has had pretty much every outing this year for Colorado Springs, compared to last year in which he said a lot of times he had a fastball, maybe a curveball, just depending on the day. 

So far, so good for Pomeranz.

The Memphis, Tenn., native is tied for second in the Pacific Coast League (AAA) in wins with a 7-1 record to go along with a 4.35 ERA in 78.2 innings over 14 starts. He also leads the league in both strikeouts (93) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.64) against 32 walks.

"I'm trying to work on a lot of things down here. I've been feeling great. I'm not so much worried about the stats or how well I'm doing. It's more about how I feel, and I've felt probably the best I have felt in a while out there this year, so I'm pretty excited about that."

Despite the high strikeout numbers, Pomeranz said he is still working to be more efficient.

"I still struggle some with that, especially because I have been striking a lot of guys out this year, and tend to have a higher pitch count," he said of his efficiency. As of late, I have been trying to be more efficient and pitch deeper into games."

The former Rebel said he watched some Ole Miss baseball this past season, adding that "maybe this year they were going to do it." 

Recounting some of his memories in the red and blue, he was quick to mention his complete game with a school-record 16 strikeouts on two days' rest against Western Kentucky in the 2009 NCAA Regional, but also the 2009 NCAA Super Regional, "those Virginia games," "not winning that Virginia game." More than that, however, he said he took away from his three years in Oxford.

"I learned a lot of things about myself," he said. "I made the decision to go to college, instead of signing out of high school. Like I tell a lot of people, it was the best decision I ever made. I improved so much. Growing up and being surrounded by that kind of program, you learn a lot about yourself."

When asked about a possible return to the majors, his answer was simple.

"It's going to be great," he said. "I can't wait."

Kendricks On His Title-Winning Jump

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You've seen the photo. Now here's the story behind the picture from the man himself.

The photo above, courtesy of Josh McCoy, came on his winning pole vault at a height of 18-8.25 feet.

"The funny thing about that moment -- that picture -- is that I went through about five different emotions as I came dwon," Kendricks said. "Josh McCoy snapped that one picture where I was like this, but I was only like that for an instant. And so I was celebrating, and then I was relieved, and then I hit the mat, and it was over."

"With all my friends there and all the coaches, I really still don't know how to feel. I'm excited. I feel proud to be a Rebel. I feel accomplished that I have done this. But at the same time, who can be fully satisfied with something like this. I went there and did what I knew I could do. I just happened to come out victorious in the competition. And right now, I'm looking toward the future."

Kendricks said he never envisioned when he first started vaulting that all this was even a possibility, even to come to Ole Miss, even to jump higher than 14 feet. His grandfather, also Sam, has a flag pole in his front yard, and he moved it up from height to height while Sam jumped in high school, eventually to his highest jump, 17 feet.  Sam said the flag pole didn't go any higher, and his grandfather didn't want to buy a new one. When he arrived home yesterday, he said he saw something that reminded him of the flag pole.

"I see a big banner that says, 'Congratulations, Sam,' and I see all my family standing in the front yard, but I also see something along the column next to the front door, and it's a tape measure," Kendricks said.

"And it goes up and up and up and up, over the balcony, over the second story, and onto our roof, and I realized my mom had climbed on the outside of the balcony and taped it at 18-8.25 feet, way above the second story of our roof."

The immediate future Kendricks talked about is the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa, where the top qualifiers will advance to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, Aug. 10-18. There's also the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which Kendricks said he also thinks about. He is currently ranked second among Americans and seventh in the world this year with a mark of of 19-0.75 feet. 

"I've never done anything on that scale before," he said of representing his country. "Coming to college has been new experience after new experience. And just the possibility that I might be able to put USA on my chest is fulfilling."

"I think every guy need to allow himself those dreams," he said of Rio 2016. "And I hope that in the future I can still be a competitive vaulter, be healthy and be able to represent my country the best I can. The Olympic dream is always out there for a lot of guys, and for me, and I would be really happy if that came to fruition."

Between The Lines

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A couple weeks ago, we gave you some early predictions and honors from the summer's preseason football publications, and since then, a few more of the previews have hit newsstands. Among those is the Birmingham News' 67th annual SEC Football Preview, which polls the league's 14 sports information directors for predicted finish and top players. Obviously I'm looking through Red and Blue glasses, but I had a couple more Rebels on my ballot than on the final honoree lists. Nonetheless, quite a few made Bham's All-SEC teams and even more graced Phil Steele's teams, including both Nkemdiches. Steele also named Denzel to his preseason All-America squads. Check it out below, and look for a complete recap of all the preseason magazines on the official site later this summer.

Phil Steele
National Rank: #28
All-America 4th team: Denzel Nkemdiche
All-SEC 1st team: Denzel Nkemdiche
All-SEC 2nd team: Donte Moncrief
All-SEC 3rd team: Aaron Morris, Robert Nkemdiche
All-SEC 4th team: Jeff Scott, Ja-Mes Logan, CJ Johnson, Mike Marry, Charles Sawyer, Jaylen Walton (KR)

Birmingham News
SEC Rank: West #4
SEC Best Linebacker #2: Denzel Nkemdiche
SEC Best Punter #2: Tyler Campbell
All-SEC 1st team: Denzel Nkemdiche
All-SEC 2nd team: Donte Moncrief, CJ Johnson, Charles Sawyer, Tyler Campbell

Follow me on twitter @CampbellKyle.

Statistical Look-Ahead To 2013 Ole Miss Football

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Bill Connelly from SB Nation's Football Study Hall and Football Outsiders is in the middle of his 2013 CFB preview countdown for SB Nation. This past Thursday, he previewed Ole Miss. Overall, there was a lot of optimism in the preview, and I caught up with Connelly earlier today to further discuss the upcoming season.

Here is a glossary for the terms used in the 2013 CFB preview countdown to better understand the graphs below and in the entire preview linked above.

Where Ole Miss fits in the SEC: Connelly is currently previewing the 14 SEC teams, and he offered some trends within the conference and how Ole Miss fits with the trends.

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"I think one of the trends you pick up on really quickly is everybody plays elite teams, but you're going to win a lot of games in the SEC. There are always going to be a few elite teams at the top, but you can pretty quickly get to that number five or number six spot in the SEC, and you can win a lot of games doing that, especially if you schedule in the nonconference like a lot of SEC teams do.

"It's possible to execute the type of turnaround like what Ole Miss started to do last year, and what they might really do this year. It is possible to do that in the SEC."

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Improvement on both sides of the ball: From 2011 to 2012, Ole Miss improved from 100th to 40th in overall efficiency, 78th to 34th on defense and 110th to 34th on offense. 

Notably the passing game improved from 78th to 14th in explosiveness, and Ole Miss returns quarterback Bo Wallace and five of its top six receivers, including its top three in Donte Moncrief, Ja-Mes Logan and Vince Sanders. That's not to mention five-star prospect Laquon Treadwell.

"The most improvement overall was made on the offensive side of the ball," Connelly said. "That offense should not have nearly been that bad in 2011. So there was certainly a false bottom. It shouldn't have been as bad as it was, but then they improved right back into the top 40 last year."

"And it seemed like the improvement came in pretty sustainable ways, just in terms of the play-calling and putting Wallace into a position to succeed."

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Better than its 7-6 record: From 2011 to 2012, Ole Miss improved from 2-10 to 7-6 with a bowl win against Pittsburgh. However, when adjusted, Ole Miss would also wins against Alabama, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and LSU.

"The general idea of the adjusted score and the adjusted record was what if everybody played the exact same opponent each week, what if everybody played a perfectly average opponent with a perfectly average number of breaks," Connelly said. "It's just way of seeing the ups and downs of a schedule take place, adjusting it for an opponent.

"What you see from Ole Miss there is if they played an average opponent every single week, they would have gone about 10-3. What you see in that adjusted score is just the progression from week to week is that after about three weeks, the defense figured some things out... For most of the rest of the season, they played at an average to good level. That's what is probably most noticeable from that chart."

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Special Teams: Punter Tyler Campbell and kicker Andrew Ritter redshirted last year, and their return this year combined with more options in the return game and more depth in both coverage and return units provide optimism, as Ole Miss looks for marked improvement in special teams. From 2011 to 2012, Ole Miss fell from 16th to 111th in special teams efficiency. Notably absent from the below chart is Campbell, who led the nation in punting average in 2011 (46.37 yards/punt) and ranked 22nd in 2012 (43.6 yards/punt).

"A lot of these underdog teams like Kent State last year, Kansas last year, they were spectacular in special teams," Connelly said. "It's an opportunity to score some free points and get some good field position, and Ole Miss didn't take advantage of that last year.

"If Ole Miss can be improved back to average, a special teams unit that doesn't give away points or field position very often, then obviously if the offense is good again, if the defense gets better as the season goes on as the young guys get more experience, improvement in special teams could make a difference."

Final Word: I asked Connelly what are some make-or-break areas for Ole Miss in 2013, as it looks improve on last year's 7-6 record. He mentioned three areas: Health and decision-making of quarterback Bo Wallace, explosiveness and big plays in the running game and the pass defense.

"What we typically see is that when a team makes humongous gains in one year, it's kind of too much, too soon, and they regress a little bit the next year," Connelly said. "When you make humongous gains in one year, a lot of times your goal is to consolidate those gains the next year."

"Nevermind the expectations because of the recruiting class, if Ole Miss were to field another top-40 team and go to another bowl, considering where the program was in 2011, then that's fantastic. But because of the recruiting class, the late-season improvement last year and all of the young pieces that are in place, then that would kind of feel disappointing. But in terms of how it usually goes for most teams, if Ole Miss is top-40 again -- not taking a step backward -- they're taking a step forward."

Bill Connelly is the owner of SB Nation's Football Study Hall. He is also a contributor to Football Outsiders and SB Nation's Missouri Tigers site Rock M Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @SBN_BillC

Ole Miss NCAA Champions - Track & Field

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The NCAA Outdoor Championships are just one day away, and two Ole Miss athletes are among the favorites to claim national titles in their events.

Isiah Young arrives in Eugene, Ore., as the top seed in the men's 100 meters and No. 2 seed in the 200. He is the back-to-back SEC 200 meter champ and is the only collegian to run sub-10 in the 100 this season (9.99 at the NCAA East prelims in Greensboro, N.C.).

Sam Kendricks is the top seed in the men's pole vault at 19-0.75. He is the only collegian to clear 19 feet this year and is fifth-best in NCAA history with that clearance.

With such good title hopes, I wanted to trek down memory lane and look at the Rebels' past NCAA champs, most recently in 2008 when Brittney Reese won the women's indoor and outdoor long jumps en route to being named USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She has since enjoyed a pretty decent pro career.

Here's the full list of Ole Miss' all-time NCAA champions:

1983 - Ralph Spry, outdoor long jump
1991 - George Kersh, indoor 800 meters
1991 - George Kersh, outdoor 800 meters
1994 - Greg Saddler, indoor 55 meters
2000 - Savante' Stringfellow, outdoor long jump
2001 - Savante' Stringfellow, indoor long jump
2001 - Savante' Stringfellow, outdoor long jump
2004 - Antwon Hicks, indoor 60-meter hurdles
2005 - Antwon Hicks, indoor 60-meter hurdles
2007 - Barnabas Kirui, outdoor 3000-meter steeplechase

2008 - Brittney Reese, indoor long jump
2008 - Brittney Reese, outdoor long jump

Mathis Reflects On Ole Miss Career

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And just like that, it's over.

A face of the program for the better part of four years, Tanner Mathis was one of four seniors to play their last game in an Ole Miss uniform. But he certainly leaves behind a legacy.

"It's always disappointing when it ends," head coach Mike Bianco said after Sunday's loss to William & Mary. "We've had four great seniors. One is sitting right next to me in Tanner Mathis, who had a tough beginning of the year. He played so well down the stretch in his final year."

The Lake Charles, La., native started all but one game over the the past three years and finished his career with a .326 batting average. He also ranks among the top 10 players in program history with 790 at-bats (7th), 103 walks (9th) and 164 runs scored (ninth).

"I had a great career," Mathis said. "Four great years here. I hit leadoff probably 85 percent of my career. And this is what I thought it would be. Coming to Ole Miss as a freshman not sure what to expect and ending it as a senior, it was everything I wanted my college baseball experience to be."

Mathis was drafted in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros but turned down the offer in order to return for his senior season. He swung the bat well down the stretch as he reached base in each of the last 24 games and raised his average 59 points to finish the year with a .280 batting average.

In the Raleigh Regional, he was 6-for-12 with four runs scored. He led the team with 34 walks and 46 runs scored on the year, and ranked second with a .409 on-base percentage, while striking out just 18 times in 225 at-bats.

"He's held his head high," Bianco said of Mathis after Saturday's win against Binghamton. "A kid that comes back his senior year, it doesn't quite turn out the way he thought it was going to be, or how any of us thought it was going to be. 

"But certainly you tell how much better the offense when he's swinging and doing what he does best, and that's getting base hits and getting on base."

The other three graduating seniors on this year's team were impressive in their own right.


Pitcher Tanner Bailey was a regular out of the bullpen and finished with a 4-2 record, 2.74 ERA and .261 opponents' batting average in 42.2 innings. 

Third baseman Andrew Mistone was second on the team with a .317 batting average, a team-leading .330 in SEC play, and third on the team with 35 RBI.

Pitcher Brett Huber leaves as the school's all-time saves leader with 38. This year, he led all pitchers with a 1.54 ERA, to along with a 3-2 record, 12 saves and .181 opponents' batting average in 23.1 innings.

"They became some of my best friends," Mathis said of his senior teammates. "I have only known Mistone for two years, and Bailey for three. Me and Bailey actually lived together this year in a house, and me and Mistone roomed together almost every weekend. And knowing Brett for the four years I have been here, we've been through everything together."

Mathis also left with some words for the underclassmen who will return for the Rebels next year.

"And for the younger guys on the team, I just want them to soak it all in next year and remember this feeling next year whenever they're playing in a regional and super regional in Oxford," Mathis said.

Perfect Ten For Wahl

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He didn't have his best stuff. It didn't matter. He hadn't pitched in two weeks. It didn't matter. In the words of his coach, Bobby Wahl gutted it out on Saturday to win his 10th game of the season and kept Ole Miss alive in NCAA Tournament play.

"Fortunately for us, we had a big leaguer on the mound," head coach Mike Bianco said. "And I don't know if we had another guy that could win that game. Bobby, although he certainly didn't have his best stuff with a long layoff, again dealt with a blister on his finger, but just really gutted it out."

Wahl said he wanted to give the team a chance to win, and he did just that. The junior right-hander from Springfield, Va., allowed two runs, scattering eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings.

"I feel that in any big game, I love to take the ball and give the team a chance to win," Wahl said. "And like coach (Bianco) said, I didn't have my best stuff today, but the only thing you can do in that situation is just give your team a chance to win."

With the win, Wahl, now 10-0, became the first 10-win pitcher for the Rebels in a season since Cody Satterwhite in 2006, just the third under Bianco and ninth in program history. 

He has started 16 games, leaving the game without a lead just once. He also holds a 2.06 ERA and has limited opposing hitters to a .197 average on the year.

"The year that Bobby's had and as inconsistent as maybe we have played throughout the year, he's been about the most consistent thing on this team," Bianco said. "And so, just a terrific, terrific year for him."

Bianco said he didn't consider anything but giving Wahl the ball on Saturday.

"After not pitching last week and the way we played yesterday, and I knew the pressure would be on today," Bianco said. "I knew that the kids would feel it today. And you have got to win today to move on. 

"We gambled a little bit, it didn't turn out the way we liked. It wasn't the way it was supposed to be, but I guess when it's all said and done, I'm not sure if we had another guy that could have won today, so I'm glad we had him."

Anderson Swinging A Hot Bat

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Austin Anderson missed out on a career 5-for-5 day, but finished 4-for-5 on the day, which tied his career high for hits. He also delivered a two-out, RBI single in the seventh to give Ole Miss a 4-2 lead, as the Rebels went on to win 8-4.

"He's been terrific," head coach Mike Bianco said. "And he's been as consistent as anybody the entire season. There have been games like this where he has been really hot, and he can carry us. But we need him. We need all of the bats."

The junior from Sorrento, Fla., is hitting .455 since the start of the LSU series, including 5-for-9 in the Raleigh Regional this weekend. In all, he is 15-for-33 in his last at-bats and now hitting at a .322 clip. He has also struck out just 13 times in 209 at-bats on the season.

"Coach B(ianco) just tells me to be aggressive," Anderson said. "I've seen the ball a little better as of late. It's just being aggressive and hitting the fastball early in the count. It's probably the best pitch you're going to see. Being aggressive and swinging early in the count."

He missed practice on Thursday with the stomach bug, but it didn't show on Saturday. He singled, then scored on an RBI single in the first. He doubled in the third, singled and stole a base in the fifth, then drove in a run with a single in the seventh. 

In his last plate appearance, in the eighth, he hit a ball hard at the Binghamton first baseman, which was ruled an error, but it scored two more runs to take the lead out to 8-2.

"You can't find the hole all the time," Anderson said. "I was just excited two runs got in on the error."

Anderson was one of five Rebels with multi-hit games to lead the 13-hit barrage, as Tanner Mathis went 2-for-4, Andrew Mistone was 2-for-5, Preston Overbey was 2-for-5 and Will Allen was 2-for-3.

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