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Carl Lafferty

Buchanan expects to be at Ole Miss

It’s no secret the Diamond Rebels will once again be watching the MLB Draft very closely next month. (more…) (May 17, 2011, Page 6)

Help may be on the way for recruiters

College baseball recruiters have an unenviable job at times.

It’s not enough for them to correctly evaluate talent and then get kids to commit — and eventually sign — with their program. (more…) (April 29, 2011, Page 6A)

Trahan joins Cecchini on Rebels’ list

Carl Lafferty may need to get to engraving.

Since taking a visit to Oxford in late February, Stryker Trahan has known he wanted to be a Rebel.

(more…) (April 14, 2011, Page 7)

Wahl promoted to role as Rebels’ closer

As it turns out Bobby Wahl’s appearance at the end of Sunday’s victory was somewhat of a tryout.

Sunday’s ninth inning performance wasn’t a save situation, but with Jake Morgan’s future still uncertain and the struggles of Brett Huber at the end of games, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco wanted to see how the Virginia native could handle pitching at the end of games. (more…) (April 12, 2011, Page 1B)

Pascagoula INF selects OM Diamond Rebels

Wednesday night’s call from Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty couldn’t have gone much better for Chase Nyman.

The standout middle infielder from Pascagoula went into last night’s conversation expecting to have the typical chat where he’s asked to take a visit to Oxford and see what the Rebels have to offer. (more…) (March 17, 2011, Page 7)

Rebels show resilience in sweep of Wright State

The Ole Miss Diamond Rebels had their fair share of hiccups this weekend.

What stood out and left a lasting impression, however, was the Rebels’ ability to recover quickly en route to a three-game sweep of Wright State at Oxford-University Stadium.

On Sunday, the Rebels were able to withstand a late-inning rally for the second straight game to claim a 6-5 victory. (February 21, 2011, Page 6)

Prep standout takes offer he can’t refuse

While Ole Miss’ Gridiron Rebels were busy making headlines last week with their strong in-state signing class, the Diamond Rebels quietly added a verbal commitment from Madison Central left-handed pitcher Zach Irwin.

Although Irwin’s step parents are Mississippi State supporters, the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder said Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and as a result, he decided to give his verbal commitment to the Rebels last Friday.

Because baseball teams are allotted just 11.7 scholarships to distribute amongst 27 players on a 35-man roster — each of the 27 scholarship players must have at least .25 percent of a scholarship — the amount in which a recruit is offered is a big deal, unlike in sports like football and basketball where student athletes are awarded full scholarships. (February 8, 2011, Page 1B)

More than just playing for fun

COLUMN: Fans in attendance of Saturday’s 7-0 win for the current Rebel squad over the alumni team got a glimpse at what the backbone of Ole Miss’ pitching staff will likely resemble when the season opens on Feb. 18 against Wright State.

Against the professional Rebel squad — which, admittedly, for the most part had not faced live pitching in over four months — Ole Miss’ three likely weekend starters and closer allowed just two hits during nine innings of work. (more…) (February 7, 2011, Page 2B)

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