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)
Hello from chilly Oxford-University Stadium, where the current Rebels and former Rebels will face one another at 1 p.m. (more…) (February 5, 2011)
While many of the former Rebels will be looking to have a good time and re-connect with former teammates, one in particular will have a bit more in mind.
Today’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE featured an article from the perspective of Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco regarding the new BBCOR bats that are being mandated by the NCAA. (more…) (February 2, 2011)
But, according to Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco, the powers that be are doing just that to college baseball with the implementation of the new BBCOR bats that more closely resemble characteristics of wooden bats. (February 2, 2011, Page 6)
The Ole Miss baseball program has received good news stemming from Matt Snyder’s visit with the esteemed Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. (more…) (February 1, 2011)
Swinging the new BBCOR (ball-bat coefficient of restitution) bats that have been implemented by the NCAA for the 2011 season, the Ole Miss baseball squad officially got started on the practice field on Friday.
On Saturday and Sunday, it was the pitching staff that appeared to get the best of the batters in two intrasquad scrimmages as a total of 10 runs were scored during the two games. (January 31, 2011, Page 6)