The Ole Miss Rebels are hoping to have better luck than in-state rival Mississippi State this weekend when they host the No. 8 Florida Gators for a three-game series beginning tonight at 6:30. Last weekend, the Gators swept MSU in Gainesville, Fla., outscoring the Bulldogs 16-7. Florida is currently riding a six-game winning streak after rallying to beat Florida Gulf Coast 13-8 on Wednesday. (March 26, 2010, Page 6A)
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)
Even without sluggers Matt Smith and Matt Snyder, the No. 17 Ole Miss baseball team was able to score double-digit runs for the second-straight night on Wednesday, knocking off the Saint Louis Billikens 14-5 at Oxford-University Stadium. (March 25, 2010, Page 6)
The No. 20 Ole Miss baseball team has come a long way in terms of finding itself during its nonconference schedule. For starters, roles on the field have begun to be defined with freshmen Alex Yarbrough and Tanner Mathis solidifying positions at second base and left field respectively heading into this weekend’s three-game series at No. 26 Kentucky (14-3 overall).
In addition to David Goforth and Aaron Barrett locking down the closer and Saturday starter roles, one player who has flown under the radar is senior outfielder Taylor Hashman. (March 19, 2010, Page 7A)
Just under one year ago, the Ole Miss baseball team routed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 22-2. On Tuesday, the Golden Lions didn’t fare much better, falling to No. 20 Ole Miss 17-1 at Oxford-University Stadium.
The Rebels mounted a five-run first inning on three hits and one error and cruised the rest of the way.
“It’s hard to say that we could have played much better tonight,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We swung, we played defense, we pitched well, so it was a good, solid game.”
Right fielder Taylor Hashman led the offensive charge, tallying an Ole Miss record six runs scored. (March 16, 2010, Page 6A)
No. 21 Ole Miss will return to action tonight at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Rory McKean will make his second start on the mound for the Rebels, who will then travel to play No. 26 Kentucky to open Southeastern Conference play. (March 16, 2010, Page 6A)
The Ole Miss baseball team fought back from an early seven-run deficit, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals held on to win 10-8 on Sunday and win the series at Oxford-University Stadium. (March 15, 2010, Page 8)
Less than 24 hours after losing a heartbreaking 6-1 game to Louisville in 12 innings on Friday, the Ole Miss baseball team rebounded to win Game 2 of the three game series 8-3 on Saturday at Oxford-University Stadium.
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The following are excerpts from a 30-minute phone conversation with Louisville head baseball coach Dan McDonnell regarding recruiting, baseball, memories from Ole Miss and other things. (March 12, 2010, Page 6A)