Red Sweeps Blue in Baseball Intrasquads
Colby Bortles belted a home run during Friday's intrasquad
Oct. 25, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – As fall practices wind down, the Ole Miss baseball team split into two teams for two more intrasquad battles at Swayze Field. This week, it was the Red team that conquered the Blue squad in both contests, claiming a 7-4 victory in game one and a 7-5 win in game two.

Highlights were seen on the mound, in the field and at the plate. Multiple Ole Miss pitchers put together quality outings. Great plays were made on defense, including a web gem by sophomore Tate Blackman. The bats also produced three home runs by three different Rebels. Overall, head coach Mike Bianco was pleased with the progress his team has made since the start of fall.

“I think we looked solid on the mound, but not dominant,” said Bianco. “The offense continued to get a lot of good at-bats and put pressure on the pitchers.”

In game one, Blackman was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish to lead Red to a three-run victory. The second baseman smacked a triple to go along with one run and two RBI. Fellow sophomore infielder Will Golsan added two hits, and classmate Nic Perkins crossed the plate twice as well.

A pair of freshman, D.J. Miller and Carson Klepzig, recorded multi-hit games, with Miller also swiping two bases. Colby Bortles, Henri Lartigue and Michael Fitzsimmons each belted a home run in the scrimmages to provide power at the plate. Lartigue added a double to his stat line as well, while Fitzsimmons tallied three hits in seven plate appearances over the two-game stretch.


 

 

“Henri Lartigue is having a great fall,” mentioned Coach Bianco. “It was nice to see Fitz (Michael Fitzsimmons) break out a little bit with a double, a home run, and a couple other quality at-bats.”

David Parkinson and Matt Denny pitched four innings apiece, each allowing just one run. Also surrendering only one run were Will Stokes (2.2 innings) and Dallas Woolfolk (2.0 innings) out of the bullpen. Austin Sanders tossed a pair of scoreless frames to close out the second intrasquad. In a rare start, primary closer Wyatt Short gave up one run over three innings of work.

Wyatt (Short) continues to have a terrific fall,” noted Coach Bianco.

Ole Miss will wrap up fall ball with the annual Pizza Bowl next week. The best-of-three intrasquad series will take place Oct. 29-31 with the Halloween game only played if necessary. Game times are still to be determined, but stay tuned to for updates on Twitter (@OleMissBSB) and Facebook (Ole Miss Baseball).

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