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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Here’s more from my phone interview with Ole Miss baseball signee Bobby Wahl and a few videos of the West Springfield (Va.) High. (more…) (June 3, 2010)
Bobby Wahl isn’t your typical high school senior.
While most seniors are hanging out with friends, packing for college and planning senior trips, the West Springfield (Va.) High pitching ace is prepping for what will be the biggest decision of his young life — sign with whichever professional team potentially could offer him a six-figure contract, or head to Oxford to play for Mike Bianco and the Ole Miss Rebels. (June 3, 2010, Page 7)
On Wednesday, the Rebels announced the signing of three players to its 2010 signing class.
Pitchers R.J. Hively and Weston Hoekel, in addition to shortstop Blake Newalu, will join a class that already boasts 11 players. (May 6, 2010, Page 6)
By David Goforth’s own admission, he has some work to do to become the closer he knows he can be. Entering this weekend’s series against No. 8 Florida, Goforth is the not-so-proud owner of an 8.49 ERA. That’s not to say Goforth hasn’t had some solid outings, like against Saint Louis on Wednesday where after struggling early in the eighth inning he came back out and struck out the side in the ninth.
But at Kentucky last weekend, the sophomore right-hander was shelled for 10 earned runs in just 1.1 innings. (March 26, 2010, Page 6A)
OLE MISS BASEBALL — With the loss of Jake Morgan in the fall to injury, it’s David Goforth’s turn to step up and assume the role of closer for the Ole Miss Rebels. The sophomore from Neshoba Central was Morgan’s setup man last season and posted a 1-1 record with three saves in 25 appearances. With Goforth’s move to closer, redshirt freshman Brett Huber is slated as Ole Miss’ setup guy. (February 18, 2010, Page 10)