The Ole Miss Rebels and South Carolina Gamecocks both had chances to claim division titles going into the last weekend of the regular season, and both came up short. Now, the two teams square off in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
The coaching staffs of the two programs are taking different approaches to the SEC tournament. USC is holding its top two pitchers to keep them on the regular schedule heading into the NCAA Regionals, while Mike Bianco isn’t holding anything back and will send ace Drew Pomeranz to the mound Wednesday afternoon. (May 25, 2010, Page 8)
The Ole Miss Rebel baseball team got a day off Sunday after getting swept by Auburn to end the regular season, and the coaching staff and players hope they will take a new approach, particularly at the plate, when they travel to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC Tournament that begins Wednesday. (May 25, 2010, Page 8)
Following No. 16 Auburn’s 11-1 victory at Oxford-University Stadium that wrapped up a three-game sweep of No. 17 Ole Miss, the normally jovial Smith looked like he — and the rest of the Rebels — had just been put through the wringer.
During Auburn’s first sweep in Oxford since the 1976 season, the Tigers outscored Ole Miss 34-8.
“Obviously we didn’t swing it well and it can’t get much worse than what you saw this weekend,” said Smith, whose Rebels have scored a total of 24 runs in their last three conference series. “I don’t think you can put your finger on one thing in particular. We just didn’t hit, that’s the bottom line.” (May 24, 2010, Page 1B)
If there was any doubt the No. 16 Auburn Tigers could swing the bat, they obliterated it this weekend. After claiming games one and two against No. 17 Ole Miss at Oxford-University Stadium, the Tigers made it a clean sweep by winning Game 3 11-1.
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One jarring swing from the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Kevin Patterson proved to be the difference as the No. 16 Auburn Tigers were able to defeat the No. 17 Ole Miss Rebels 5-3 Thursday night at Oxford-University Stadium.
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The No. 17 Ole Miss Rebel baseball team has a lot at stake this weekend.
Not only would a successful series against No. 16 Auburn (36-17 overall, 17-10 in the Southeastern Conference) help the Rebels (36-17, 16-11) earn at least a piece of the SEC’s Western Division title, but it would also help their chances of hosting an NCAA Tournament Regional for the second straight year. (May 20, 2010, Page 6)
That, in essence, was Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco’s message to his team before it took batting practice on Monday at Oxford-University Stadium.
Bianco wasn’t looking for home runs per say — although outfielder Matt Smith apparently hit a ball off the top of the batter’s eye in center field — but he was hoping the power exercise will help get his team out of its current offensive funk. (May 19, 2010, Page 6)
The Southeastern Conference’s Western Division leader board isn’t any clearer after a weekend that saw No. 15 Ole Miss drop two of three games to Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
After the Rebels overcame a slew of walks and errors to claim a 5-4 win on Friday, they fell to the Crimson Tide in a 4-1 loss on Saturday and a 6-3 loss on Sunday.
As a result, Ole Miss (36-17 overall, 16-11 in the Southeastern Conference) will head into its final weekend series one game behind Auburn — which took two of three from Tennessee this weekend — for the top spot in the SEC West, and tied with Arkansas, who was swept by South Carolina. (May 17, 2010, Page 2B)