OLE MISS COACH MIKE BIANCO:
You can see why we’re so happy to have Drew Pomeranz on our team.
On USC using six pitchers:
They make it so difficult with the way they mix and match and it seems like you’re seeing a different pitcher every inning. Right-handed, left-handed, different arm angles and it’s tough for hitters because you can’t really go back to that last at-bat to see how you’re going to improve in this at-bat because you’re seeing a different guy.
On Pomeranz’s growth:
Because he is what he is, such a high-profile guy and a high prospect in the upcoming draft, I think everyone is super critical of everything: if he throws a ball under 90 miles an hour or if he walks a batter. To walk in his shoes some days must be pretty difficult for a 21-year-old kid.
…He’s handled it as well as anybody. He’s always put the team first and went out there and competed like he did today. In the last month, he’s had some games where he’d like to forget — now, for us, they weren’t bad.
…For example, a couple weeks ago agains Alabama where he walks a bunch, but then he only gave up one run on five hits. There’s not a lot of guys that can do that in the SEC, but he can, and that shows you how special he can be.
On facing Alabama:
They’re playing really well. Since we won that game on Friday in Tuscaloosa they haven’t lost.
What we know is, this is the Alabama team that most people in our league thought they’d be, a team that got off to a 16-1 start and then struggled.
They’ve been playing their best ball of the year…
OLE MISS LHP DREW POMERANZ
I felt pretty good. I’ve been struggling with my rhythm and have been a tick off the last couple of starts, but I felt really good out there filling up the strike zone with a lot of my pitches.
I had one walk, but I was still around the plate a lot more than I had been lately (May 26, 2010)