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Lets take a look at the accomplishments from this year’s senior class and remember them fondly. HOTTY TODDY!
Senior catcher from Gainsville, Florida had a break-out season and became a national star in the College World Series. Besides his good hair and his rugged beard stubble, he was a pretty good baseball player too.
Allen finished with the best batting average on the team at .339 among starters. He was also first in doubles (24), second in hits (94) and second in home runs (7).
He started every game this year either at catcher or DH and most importantly was a team leader that should be remembered for this stirring dugout speech in the Oxford regional that helped beat Washington and his sensational tag out at the plate in Lafayette that allowed Ole Miss to finally get to Omaha.
The senior utility infielder from Sorrento, Florida settled at third base this year and became a rock solid defender late in the year.
At the plate he finished third overall in batting average (.323), second in runs scored (57) and third in hits (87).
John started out at Itawamba Community College and is originally from the Tupelo area. John has battled through a lot of injuries to help this team win in Omaha. His pinch hit looper over a drawn in Texas Tech infield will make him a Rebel Hero and will get him a lot of free drinks from now on in Oxford.
In 2013, he tore a ligament in his left shoulder diving for a ball then broke his foot… then he broke his foot again during rehab.
Finally towards the end of this year, he was able to start making a move back in the batting lineup. He had 29 at bats this year and only had three hits total.
The 6’-4” senior right hander from Lewisburg, MS appeared in 22 games this year as a relief pitcher, recording a 3-2 record with 5 saves, including a save in the Oxford regional over Washington, an elimination game win in Lafayette in the Super Regional and another save over TCU in Omaha.
Greenwood holds a 2.03 earned run average in 44.1 innings pitched. Opponents hit only .193 against him.
A cartilage tear in his abdomen earlier this year almost prevented his post season heroics. He missed a few weeks at the end of the season but when he got a chance to be on the mound again, he made the most of it.
Aaron Greenwood put this team on his back this year.
Massie was instrumental this year in mid week and weekend relief. The left hander from Sardis, MS transferred to Ole Miss in 2013 from NorthWest CC.
He appeared in 21 games this year, starting nine and finished with a 4-3 record. He was third on the team in total innings pitched (63.2) and finished with a 2.69 earned run average.
Senior Preston Overbey has been the consummate utility player during his time as a Rebel. He has been a player without a home, playing catcher, outfield, third base, first, and finally settled at second base this year with the addition of Errol Robinson at short which moved Austin Anderson to third.
The 6’-4” Jackson, Tennessee native did not completely break out at the plate this year, finishing with a .271 average but his contributions in post season, when the team needed a leader, set his senior season apart. Also the spectacular double plays he was a part of with Errol Robinson should not be forgotten either.
Preston’s shining moment this year was in game two of the Lafayette Super Regional.
With the game tied 1 to 1 in the seventh inning and the Rebels absolutely needing some offense, Preston stepped up and pounded a 1-2 pitch to left field. While it was only his fourth home run of the season it saved the season for the Rebels and continued their path to Omaha.
Overbey like a lot of seniors on this team has gone from a largely unknown player to one who was sought out by autograph seekers in Omaha.
When the team bus pulled up at Omaha, the team was swamped at their hotel by Ole Miss fans. “It’s always enjoyable. I love every minute of it. It makes you feel important, but at the same time you have to know how to handle it,” Overbey says.
“We walk down the street and people say ‘Hotty Toddy!’ to us. It seemed like the whole city of Omaha was pulling for Ole Miss.”
This team was not expected to make this much noise but thanks to this group of Seniors, Mike Bianco has deemed this team as , “The best team to ever play at Ole Miss.”