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May 1, 2012

Head coach Mike Bianco has been looking for a Sunday starter since moving senior right-hander R.J. Hively to the back end of the bullpen after the Georgia series, and Josh Laxer certainly made a case for the spot with seven shutout innings in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win against Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl. 

 

PEARL – Head coach Mike Bianco has been looking for a Sunday starter since moving senior right-hander R.J. Hively to the back end of the bullpen after the Georgia series, and Josh Laxer certainly made a case for the spot with seven shutout innings in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win against Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl. 

April 30, 2012

Hoping to get back on the winning side of things, No. 24 Ole Miss (28-16) will take on Southern Miss 25-18) tonight at 6:30 p.m. from Trustmark Park in Pearl to make up a game from earlier in the season that was cancelled due to rain. 

 

Hoping to get back on the winning side of things, No. 24 Ole Miss (28-16) will take on Southern Miss 25-18) tonight at 6:30 p.m. from Trustmark Park in Pearl to make up a game from earlier in the season that was cancelled due to rain. 

Tonight’s contest will be the first of two midweek games for the Rebels, who will face off with Murray State on Wednesday in Oxford, before welcoming No. 4 LSU to town on Friday. 

April 10, 2012

 

GAME ONE: No. 18 Ole Miss 2, Central Arkansas 1

No. 18 Ole Miss (22-10) took the first of two seven-inning contests 2-1 against the Central Arkansas Bears (13-16) Tuesday from Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

GAME TWO: No. 18 OLE MISS 4, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 0

After giving up a run in the first game of the double-header, No. 18 Ole Miss (23-10) did one better as they shutout Central Arkansas (13-17) 4-0 to complete the sweep of the midweek series.

 

GAME ONE: No. 18 Ole Miss 2, Central Arkansas 1

No. 18 Ole Miss (22-10) took the first of two seven-inning contests 2-1 against the Central Arkansas Bears (13-16) Tuesday from Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

March 20, 2012

The No. 17 Ole Miss baseball team (15-6) continued their offensive and defensive struggles as Southern Miss (12-9) shut out the Rebels 10-0 last night at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Rebels were out-hit 17-3 and committed three errors, as the team’s losing streak stretches to three games.

 

The No. 17 Ole Miss baseball team (15-6) continued their offensive and defensive struggles as Southern Miss (12-9) shut out the Rebels 10-0 last night at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. The Rebels were out-hit 17-3 and committed three errors, as the team’s losing streak stretches to three games.

March 7, 2012

 

The No. 14 Ole Miss baseball team (10-2) scored in every inning except the fourth and included a trio of home runs to propel them to a 20-4 win against the UT-Martin Skyhawks (3-10) last night.

“This was just a really good night for us offensively,” head coach Mike Bianco said. “I thought, besides Zach, who has been tremendous and continues to swing a very hot bat, several guys had some good at bats tonight.”

 

The No. 14 Ole Miss baseball team (10-2) scored in every inning except the fourth and included a trio of home runs to propel them to a 20-4 win against the UT-Martin Skyhawks (3-10) last night.

“This was just a really good night for us offensively,” head coach Mike Bianco said. “I thought, besides Zach, who has been tremendous and continues to swing a very hot bat, several guys had some good at bats tonight.”

March 1, 2012

The No. 16 Ole Miss baseball team (7-1) took advantage of three Jackson State (3-5) errors to run away with a 13-1 win Wednesday.

 

The No. 16 Ole Miss baseball team (7-1) took advantage of three Jackson State (3-5) errors to run away with a 13-1 win Wednesday.  

“I just thought it was a really well played game by us tonight,” head coach Mike Bianco said. “It was a clean game. A lot of guys got in for their first time either this year or in their career. Usually when that happens, there’s some good and bad but more good tonight.” 

February 13, 2012

On Monday, Ole Miss baseball head coach Mike Bianco sat down with the media to discuss this year’s squad as they head into their first weekend series on Friday when they travel to TCU. The Daily Mississippian’s baseball beat writer David Collier covered the event. Here are the highlights of what Bianco had to say:

On the offense:

“Offensively, I don’t know if we’ve ever been more ready to start a season than we are now. It’s been a great three weeks watching those guys hit. They’ve made it really hard on our pitching staff. Sometimes you wonder, do we hit that good or do we pitch that bad? But this year, I think there’s no doubt this year that with all the returners that (the offense is really improved).”

January 31, 2012

Pitchers:

While there is still a lot to be determined in this young pitching staff, one thing is clear: there is depth. The weekend starters are not yet set, but it looks as though freshman Bobby Wahl and senior R.J. Hively will take the hill on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively, for the Rebels. The Sunday spot seems to be down to three guys, but it’s anyone’s battle at the start of spring practice.

“Coach (Mike Bianco) has said that whoever performs the best is going to get the weekend spots, so we’ll see what happens,” Wahl said.

Sophomore Mike Mayers may have a slight lead at the moment with a season of SEC experience under his belt. However, freshmen Josh Laxer and Hawtin Buchanan, as well as juniors Tanner Bailey and Dylan Chavez, are right there in the mix. Look for Mayers to take the Sunday spot to start the season with two of the other four pitchers to fill the mid-week spots.

“(Mayers’) slider is something he’s worked on since last year,” head coach Mike Bianco said. “I think it’s just normal progression. He pitched over 50 innings last season, which is a ton for a freshman. The slider is better, but I think he’s better all around.”

Junior Brett Huber will be counted on in the late innings of the game and fill the closer’s role as he did his freshman year.

“Right now, I’m just working on commanding the strike zone and stuff like that,” Huber said. “I’m just working on being more consistent out there. Last year I had some problems with that.”

Pitchers:

While there is still a lot to be determined in this young pitching staff, one thing is clear: there is depth. The weekend starters are not yet set, but it looks as though freshman Bobby Wahl and senior R.J. Hively will take the hill on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively, for the Rebels. The Sunday spot seems to be down to three guys, but it’s anyone’s battle at the start of spring practice.

January 29, 2012

Friday: Red 8, Blue 6

The Rebels opened practice on Friday with an intrasquad scrimmage that saw the red team power itself to an 8-6 win over the blue team.

Saturday: Blue 10, Red 2

On Saturday, the blue team exploded for 10 runs led by senior Zach Kirksey, who drove in five runs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning.

Friday: Red 8, Blue 6

The Rebels opened practice on Friday with an intrasquad scrimmage that saw the red team power itself to an 8-6 win over the blue team.

Sophomore right-hander Bobby Wahl, who is expected to be the Friday night starter this season, got the start for the blue team but got roughed up in his first appearance of the spring. He gave up five runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.

October 26, 2011

Top-five recruting class to be counted on early

The 2011 recruiting class, ranked third nationally by Collegiate Baseball and fifth nationally by Baseball America, is finishing up their first fall practice that lasted six weeks and included the Red-Blue scrimmage October 15, 17 other intra-squad scrimmages and this week’s Red-Blue World Series.

June 21, 2011

 

Earlier this month, six Ole Miss players were selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Player draft, including the entire weekend rotation.

Friday night starter Matt Crouse, a 24th-round pick of the Detroit Tigers, and Sunday night starter Austin Wright, an 8th-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, now pitch in the New York — Penn League (Short-Season A). Saturday night starter David Goforth, taken in seventh round by the Milwaukee Brewers, has not yet signed a professional contract, but is expected to do so before the Aug. 15 deadline.