Diamond Rebels Officially Open Spring Practice

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Junior right-hander Sam Smith is one of the team's key returning players this season.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Junior right-hander Sam Smith is one of the team's key returning players this season.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 24, 2014

By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. — The Ole Miss baseball team officially opened spring practice on Friday, as it prepares for the start of the 2014 season on Feb. 14 with the first game in a three-game series at Stetson.

The pitchers began the day in the Manning Center and later rejoined the hitters at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field for a two-hour practice.

“It’s certainly an exciting time,” head coach Mike Bianco said. “Once you get off the field back in early November, you’re anticipating this date, and it’s finally here, and the season is three weeks away.”

Ole Miss is coming off a 38-24 season in which the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons and gave the program its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in the history of the program.

The Rebels return six positional players and the team’s regular Sunday starter, junior right-hander Sam Smith, from the 2013 team, to go along with the nation’s eighth-ranked recruiting class according to Baseball America.

“It’s an outstanding recruiting class, and there are a lot of new faces who will make an impact this year, but with that, it’s also a great mix of veterans who have been have had a lot of success here,” Bianco said. “The most exciting thing is how this group has come together as a team and play with a lot of energy.

“This will be a group that will win because they are collectively a good team. There’s not a preseason All-American. There are no returning superstars or high draft picks, but that’s not to say by the end of the year, that won’t happen. This team has been a lot of fun is because of how hard they play and how tough they are.”

Junior Senquez Golson, who played in 12 games with 10 starts at cornerback on the Ole Miss football team this past fall, is also participating in baseball spring practice. Drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, Golson last played for the Ole Miss baseball team in 2012, having appeared in 22 games with 15 starts in the outfield.

“He’s got three weeks to compete for a position,” Bianco said. “If anybody can do it, he can. It takes a special athlete to be able to play two sports, especially not having played baseball in a year and a half. To watch him in the group work over the first couple of days since Jan. 15, he’s looked terrific. He’s what they call a freak. He can do things that the average person can’t.”

Ole Miss continues spring practice with scrimmages on Saturday (11:30 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Rebels’ home opener is Feb. 19 against Tennessee-Martin, followed by a three-game weekend series against Georgia State (Feb. 21-23).

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Rebels Drop Series With Shutout Loss To LSU

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more

    • Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Bousfield's 4-For-4 Game Lifts Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 18, 2014 -

      LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more

    • Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Athletics

      BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more

    • I'm Back

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • Two More Second-Round Projections For Moncrief

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Football

      Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more

    • VIDEO: Four Months To SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      With Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more

    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more