For the majority of his drive from Louisville, Ky., to Oxford on Thursday, Dan McDonnell did part of what made him a college baseball commodity — talk on his cell phone. During the six years McDonnell spent as assistant coach to Ole Miss skipper Mike Bianco from 2000 to 2006, it’s arguable that he did his best work on the phone, convincing some of the best high school and junior college baseball players from the Southeast to take a chance on the new Rebels’ regime and buy into the vision.
Today, McDonnell will get to see some of the tangibles that came as a result of the early years, when he first steps foot at Oxford-University Stadium — new to him since he left for Louisville in 2006. (March 12, 2010, Page 6A)
One night after Ole Miss committed a season-high four errors, the fielding didn’t exactly improve. But once again, the No. 18 Rebels were able to overcome two errors to defeat the Austin Peay Governors 10-4 to sweep the two-game midweek series at Oxford-University Stadium. (March 11, 2010, Page 6A)
Here’s some extra post-game quotes from Tuesday’s 14-4 Ole Miss win over Austin Peay concerning pitcher (turned slugger?) Matt Tracy…
Against the Govs on Tuesday, Tracy went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. (more…) (March 10, 2010)
No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels starting lineup vs. Austin Peay:
CF Tim Ferguson .388 2HR 5RBI 6BB 9K 6/6SB
2B Zach Miller .286 1HR 17 RBI 5BB 11K 2/2SB
RF Matt Smith .286 2HR 11RBI 13BB 9K 1/1SB (more…) (March 10, 2010)
Led by Ole Miss signee Casey Greene, the DeSoto Central Jaguars defeated the Oxford Chargers 10-4 Tuesday night at Edwin Moak Field. Greene hit two home runs — including a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning — and drove in seven runs to lift the Jaguars past the Chargers, who had won three straight coming into the contest. (March 10, 2010, Page 10)
With Spring Training well underway and several Rebels trying out (or firmly cemented) with big league teams, I figured it’d be good to update how they’re doing. (more…) (March 10, 2010)
Through the first 11 games of the season, the Ole Miss baseball team had committed only six errors and boasted a Southeastern Conference-best .985 fielding percentage.
On Tuesday, it didn’t really matter that the No. 18 Rebels committed a season-high four errors, as they were able to compile 14 runs on 16 hits to cruise past the Austin Peay Governors 14-4. (March 10, 2010, Page 8)
NEW ORLEANS — Heading into this season, it looked like Ole Miss freshman infielder Alex Yarbrough was going to be a key reserve that got chances to start when injuries or slumps would befall starters. After the Tulane series, it’s going to be hard to take the Allen, Texas, native out of the lineup. (March 8, 2010, Page 6a)
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)
Ole Miss starting pitcher Trent Rothlin was tagged with the loss, surrendering six runs runs in 3.2 innings.
Ole Miss (9-2 overall) will return to the diamond to face Austin Peay in a two-game midweek series beginning Tuesday at Oxford-University Stadium. Rory McKean is scheduled to start for the Rebels. (March 7, 2010)