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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bianco hopes healthier 2014 team leads to more stolen bases

The Rebels were not good thieves in 2013.

After talking about being more athletic and, in turn, looking to create more runs by being aggressive on the base paths a year ago, Ole Miss actually took a step back. 

The Rebels stole eight more total bases than in 2012 but were successful just 55 percent of the time, down from 72 percent the year before (Ole Miss was thrown out a league-worst 38 times in ‘13).

Head coach Mike Bianco said the the low success rate wasn’t necessarily because of poor reads, leads or jumps.

Some of the problems were due to a handful of botched hit-and-runs when the Rebels were trying to force the issue later in the season.

Injuries to guys like Tanner Mathis (knee, hamstring) and Austin Anderson (hamstring) didn’t help the issue. (June 13, 2013, Page 2B)

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