Fresh Faces of Ole Miss Baseball
Nov. 4, 2015

With six weeks of fall practice in the books, the Ole Miss baseball team already began preparing for the 2016 campaign. The fall season was a time when the incoming recruiting class went through official practice for the first time. This season features 17 newcomers beginning their Ole Miss careers. As practices and intrasquads continue, OleMissSports.com has introduced you to some of the newest Diamond Rebels each week during the fall season.

Along with the conclusion of fall ball week, we meet the final four Rebels that decided to continue their baseball careers at Ole Miss. Check out the video below to learn more about the ‘Fresh Faces’ of Ole Miss Baseball.

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#26 James McArthur | RHP | New Braunfels, Texas – New Braunfels HS
Perfect Game tabbed McArthur, a three-year letterman at New Braunfels High School, as the 48th-best player in the state of Texas. The 6-7 right hander finished his high school career with a 14-7 record and 3.72 ERA in 96.2 innings over three years. As a senior, McArthur went 6-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 34.2 innings, earning 2015 Honorable Mention All-American and First Team All-Region (Texas) by Perfect Game as well as first team all-district accolades. During his senior season, McArthur was named ESPN San Antonio Student-Athlete of the Week after striking out 13 and not allowing an earned run in a complete-game victory over Smithson Valley. He received 2014 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Honorable Mention and second team all-district honors by going 7-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 41.1 innings, and he logged 20.2 innings as a sophomore. McArthur also earned a letter playing basketball.


 

 

#35 Micah McHugh | IF/RHP | Zachary, La. – Zachary HS
McHugh lettered in baseball all four years of high school as a threat at the plate and on the mound. A three-time all-district and all-metro honoree, the Zachary, Louisiana native was also named a 2015 Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game. … As a senior, McHugh hit four home runs and recorded 17 RBI over five days, earning Baton Rouge Player of the Week honors. He showed off his athletic ability as a pitcher and hard-hitting infielder during his junior season, posting a 4-2 record on the mound and hitting .412 at the plate.

#19 Andy Pagnozzi | RHP | Fayetteville, Ark. – Fayetteville HS
A four-time all-state honoree, Pagnozzi finished his high school career with a 33-4 record, 0.95 ERA and 344 strikeouts in 267.1 innings spanning four years. The Fayetteville, Arkansas native was a 2015 Louisville Slugger High School First Team All-American by Baseball America after a senior campaign in which he went 9-1 with a 0.68 ERA. Adding 110 strikeouts over 74 innings to his final season, Pagnozzi became the 2015 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-Arkansas Preps Player of the Year. Perfect Game rated the righty as the second-best player in Arkansas to go along with 2015 Honorable Mention All-American and First Team All-Region (Southeast) accolades. Continuing his strong senior season, Pagnozzi led his team to the Class 7A semifinals, hurling a perfect game against Little Rock Central in the quarterfinals. He was named the 2014 Democrat-Gazette and All-NWA Media Player of the Year after going 10-1 with a 0.65 ERA and 99 strikeouts. Pagnozzi also earned Perfect Game Underclass All-American First Team and Third Team honors as a junior and sophomore, respectively. He posted an undefeated 9-0 season as a sophomore, striking out 76 hitters in 59.2 innings to go along with a 1.17 ERA. As a freshman, Pagnozzi collected NWA Media All-Big 6 Newcomer of the Year honors, boasting a 1.56 ERA in 58.2 innings.

#29 Andrew Lowe | RHP | Bossier City, La. – Airline HS
As a four-year letterwinner at Airline High School, Lowe was named to Prep Baseball Report’s all-state team as the 17th-best player in Louisiana. The Bossier City, Louisiana native went 8-2 with a 1.26 ERA and 75 strikeouts over 55.2 innings during his senior campaign, collecting all-state honors from the LHSAA and LHSCA. Lowe also earned all-district, all-city and all-parish accolades following his final high school season. He was all-district honorable mention as a sophomore, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.30 ERA. Lowe also found success off the field and in the classroom. He was the valedictorian of the Airline High School class of 2015 was named to the 2015 LHSAA Composite All-Academic Team. Lowe also joined the National Honor Society while in high school.

 

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