NEW ORLEANS — The baseball gods were not kind to Ole Miss on Sunday. Or they were wearing green shirts and were sympathetic to Tulane’s previous two losses. Either way, they made sure there was no doubt which team would win the series finale at Turchin Stadium.
In Sunday’s 12-4 win over No. 21 Ole Miss, Tulane was able to get hits by the bushel, tallying 20 total hits — 18 of which were singles — and chased Rebels starter Trent Rothlin after 3.2 innings of work. (March 8, 2010, Page 6a)
After a 4-0 week, the Ole Miss baseball team (6-1 overall) is on the move. In Baseball America’s rankings, the Rebels jumped up to No. 21 from No. 24.
The Week That Was:
Looking back at the week that was, there’s a few interesting stats that stand out — but keep in mind, Ole Miss played Oakland and Arkansas State.
- The Ole Miss outfield appears to be pretty slick at the plate. Freshman LF Tanner Mathis batted a team-best .500 (4-for-8), with junior RF Matt Smith (.462, 6-for-13) and junior CF Tim Ferguson (.429, 6-for-14) close behind him.
- Senior IF Zach Miller had a team-high nine RBIs, although he hit .250 (3-for-12).
- OF Cliff Vaughn is hitting 1.000 on the year, after hitting a single against Oakland in mop-up duty.
- Senior SS Kevin Mort and junior C Miles Hamblin are off to tough starts, hitting .077 (1-for-13) and .000 (0-for-10) on the week. Mort’s some-what saving grace is that he only Kd once, where Hamblin had five strikeouts with zero walks.
- The team was 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts (Ferguson had four, Smith had one, and Alex Yarbrough was caught stealing).
(March 1, 2010)
OLE MISS BASEBALL NOTEBOOK — Ole Miss sophomore first baseman Matt Snyder has not only shown power in the Rebels first seven games, he’s also showing an improved plate discipline. Also — Drew Pomeranz comes within one of tying his own strikeout record, catcher Miles Hamblin continues to struggle, Ole Miss is still ironing out the signs and pitcher Blair Wright will miss season with Tommy John surgery. (March 1, 2010, Page 8)
OLE MISS BASEBALL — Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco officially addressed the media for the first time on Monday during the baseball team’s Media Day. Bianco focused on discussing the team’s ability to overcome a tough offseason and added that he was proud of the way his team has responded. (February 16, 2010, Page 9)
OLE MISS BASEBALL — As has been the case with several other players, junior Matt Smith has put his versatility on display during the 2010 preseason. After spending most of the fall in the outfield, Smith has been practicing at third base because sophomore Mike Snyder was hospitalized last week. When Snyder recovers from having his appendix removed, expect Smith to return to the outfield. (February 15, 2010, Page 10)
A wrench may have been thrown into the works for the Ole Miss Rebels as they search for a third baseman this season. Mike Snyder, the player who is the odds-on favorite to win the job, recently had his appendix removed hurting his development. (February 12, 2010, Page Page 10A)
Ole Miss shortstop Kevin Mort is looking to be even better on defense this year for the Rebels. Despite having just seven errors last year, Mort wants to cut down on that number this season to a figure that almost no player has accomplished. (February 10, 2010, Page Page 10)
OM BASEBALL — With Matt Smith making a move from first base to the outfield, sophomore Matt Snyder will get a chance to step onto the diamond. As a freshmen, Snyder showed he had a power bat, but his move to the field will take some getting used to. (February 9, 2010, Page 10)
OLE MISS BASEBALL — Practice got underway this past weekend for the Ole Miss Rebel baseball team. There are some holes for head coach Mike Bianco to fill heading into the 2010 campaign. Look for some top freshmen, redshirt players and junior college standouts to be in the mix at some of those key positions. (February 2, 2010, Page 8)