Relying on a freshman closer can sometimes equate to living on the wild side.
Ole Miss skipper Mike Bianco learned that last season when the Rebels turned to Brett Huber to close out games with Jake Morgan shelved due to Tommy John surgery.
Huber responded by posting 12 saves, a 3.54 ERA and limiting opponents to a .216 batting average en route to earning freshman All-American honors.
At times it was better to be lucky than good — like at the end of last year’s 3-2 Friday night win where Huber walked Florida’s Preston Tucker to load the bases one pitch after he had hit a ball foul by inches, only to strike out Austin Maddox looking to end the game.
With Morgan once again unavailable due to injury, and Huber struggling with his confidence, Bianco is once again turning to a freshman to preserve victories.
So far Bobby Wahl has answered the call, albeit in cardiac fashion that has him drawing comparisons to the freshman version of Huber. (April 18, 2011, Page 1B)