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2016 Ole Miss Baseball Preview

I can almost smell it…

The first pitch, the first hit, the first 7th inning stretch, the first playing of Sweet Caroline….


Now that that is out of the way, I found it appropriate to dive head first into previewing the 2016 version of the Diamond Rebs. Enjoy!

Ole Miss Baseball preseason ranking: #24 – Baseball America

Coach Mike Bianco Record: 687-417-1 (587-347-1 at OleMiss)14 Regionals, 5 Super Regionals, 1 CWS appearance.

Bianco has never had a losing season with the Rebels, missing the postseason in Oxford only twice.  Bianco has fully established the Rebels as a yearly postseason player.

Opening Game: 2-19 vs FIU 4:00 PM. Swayze Field (for full schedule)

Player to watch: Colby Bortles- With 7 homeruns and a .281 batting average last season as a Sophomore, Bortles will be a consistent threat for the opposing teams and has out of the park ability at any time. Third year in the program, expect a huge year from the Florida native.

Wildcard player: Sean Johnson, the junior from Durango Colorado, missed last season due to Tommy John surgery. Prior to that, he was 10-1 Iowa Western CC with 88 k’s and 16 bb’s according to his biography per If he comes back healthy and 100 percent, he could be a signifcant contributor for the 2016 program.

Weekend of interest: Louisville Cardinals February 26-28

Louisville coach Dan Mcdonell is a former Mike Bianco understudy at OleMiss with a record of 406-177 and has turned Louisville into a national power as Bianco has done in Oxford. This would be a great chance at a signature RPI boost and momentum grab going into March and into SEC play.

What to expect: The Rebels junior nucleus of JB Woodman, Errol Robinson, Colby Bortles, Wyatt Short etc. should be of great benefit. Hosting a Regional at Swayze Field is not farfetched. 38 wins going into the SEC tournament sounds about right at this point. Hotty Toddy Rebel fans! See you at Swayze!


Sometimes you have to hunt for the good

“There’s good in every day.”

Those were the words that I heard during a class I took on positive thinking while I was in South Carolina a few months ago.

“99 percent of the time,” the instructor  told us, “we focus on the negative. If you hunt for the good, more often that outweighs the bad.”

Entering Monday’s do-or-die game against the Houston Cougars, LSU, who last lost as a regional host in 2005, was trying to bounce back from a collapse of major proportions in what should have been another Alex Box celebration Sunday night.

More importantly, they were trying to back up the words of one Alden Cartwright,  who was trying to take a page from one Mark Messier, who twenty years prior guaranteed a Game 6 victory in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils by promising a victory over the Cougars.

But unlike Messier’s guarantee, which later propelled the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years due to a thrilling seven-game victory over the Vancouver Canucks, Cartwright’s guarantee to the LSU fans went up in smoke in a half inning.

Like those interceptions that Jamie Howard threw 20 years ago (I still hate Lynn Amadee to this day), Cartwright’s first inning last night is one of those things you want to destroy from your memory bank, but you know somewhere down the road someone, namely an Alabama or Ole Miss fan, is going to gently remind you of the 12-2 mauling in Alex Box Stadium.

And while we can sit and debate what went wrong last night in Baton Rouge, let’s not forget the good that came with the 2014 LSU baseball team.

We saw the continued growth of Alex Bregman, who despite a dip in his offensive numbers, showed the SEC why he is without question one of the best shortstops in the league along with Mikey White of Alabama with his stellar defense.

There was Sean McMullen’s home run against the Gators that eventually won the SEC Tournament for the Tigers, a ball that as I write this column hasn’t landed.

Also, we can’t forget the mastery of Aaron Nola, who will go down in LSU annals as one of the best pitchers to ever wear the purple and gold.

And of course, the world famous LSU tarp crew.

Despite the outcome of last night’s game, there’s still a lot of good that came with this LSU team.

You just have to find it.

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It is “Championship Monday” for Ole Miss and Mississippi State as they have both advanced to the championship game in their respective regional matchups.

MSU faces off against the host school Louisiana-Lafayette tonight at 6pm central on ESPN3 after losing last night 14-7.  Last night’s loss sets up a one game elimination for the regional and a chance for the winner to advance to a super-regional tournament.

If MSU wins if would give MSU a chance to host the next round depending on the results today in Oxford.

Ole Miss plays at 2pm on ESPNU against the #2 seed Washington and will have to be beaten twice to lose the Oxford regional.

Ole Miss beat Washington 2-1 in a nail biter Sunday afternoon to stay in the winners bracket and if they win one game today, will have a chance to host a super-regional round if MSU beats Lafayette.

It is high drama for Mississippi baseball fans today.  Good luck trying to work


OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebels advanced to an NCAA Regional Championship game for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons when No. 12 Ole Miss (43-18) defeated No. 14 Washington (40-16-1) by a score of 2-1 Sunday at the NCAA Oxford Regional.

Ole Miss will face either Washington or No. 25 Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. CT at Swayze Field on Monday.

The Rebels got a quality start out of Christian Trent and a clutch performance out of the bullpen from Aaron Greenwood to grab the win in the pitcher’s duel with the Huskies.

Trent (9-0) picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts through 6.1 innings of work. Greenwood picked up his fourth save, allowing one hit with a walk and four strikeouts through the final 2.2 innings of work.

Auston Bousfield provided what proved to be the game-winning run with a solo shot in the fifth inning, his sixth home run of the season.

“It was a great college baseball game,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “It was certainly well-pitched. Both starters were tremendous. We were able to scratch a couple of runs across. One of those games that you’ve been seeing across the country; it was a low-scoring game, where every pitch and every play seems to matter. We made enough pitches and got enough hits. I’m proud of the way Christian (Trent) pitched and then the way Aaron (Greenwood) closed it out for us.”


LAFAYETTE, La. – Mississippi State’s best offensive performance in the Lafayette Regional did not lead to a victory against the nation’s top-ranked team Sunday night.

MSU collected 14 hits and scored the game’s final five runs but could not overcome an offensive explosion by No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette as it fell 14-8 in the first game of the championship round of the regional.

MSU (39-23) will again face the host squad Louisiana-Lafayette (56-8) at 6 p.m. Monday in a winner-take-all championship game. MSU will be playing for its third regional title in four seasons.

“You can’t give Lafayette enough credit,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.”They did a great job. They swung the bats well. They had a good game plan. We played really well the last five innings. You have to do things to disrupt the timing (of Louisiana-Lafayette). I thought we did that at the end and we need to carry that over to (Monday night).”

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NCAA Baseball Tournament Sites Announced

The 2014 NCAA baseball tournament sites were announced today with Ole Miss hosting a first round site in Oxford and MSU traveling to Louisiana Lafayette.

The full bracket is here (LINK to

The big news is LSU going from a borderline host site to a top 8 seed by way of winning the SEC tournament.

The SEC was set up to have three of the eight national seeds but Vanderbilt and Ole Miss only won one game and South Carolina finished 0-and-2 on the weekend.

The Lafayette regional hosting Mississippi State is the weakest average RPI regional and should MSU beat the home team Ragin’ Cajun’s who are a #6 national seed, you could see Ole Miss hosting the super regional against MSU in Oxford.

Hide your couches and your children should this occur.

The wild, wild NCAA baseball season is just getting started!

The seeds and TV times are below.

Oregon State Region (#1 National Seed)

1.Oregon State vs. 4. North Dakota State (Friday, May 30, 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

3. UC Irvine vs. 2. UNLV (Friday, May 30, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

vs. Oklahoma State Region

1. Oklahoma State vs. 4. Binghampton (Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Cal State vs. 2. Nebraska (Friday, May 30, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Florida Region (#2 National Seed)

1. Florida vs. 4. College of Charleston (Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. North Carolina vs. 2. Long Beach State (Friday, May 30, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

vs. Miami Region

1. Miami vs. 4. Bethune-Cookman (Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Columbia vs. 2. Texas Tech (Friday, May 30, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Virginia Region (#3 National Seed)

1. Virginia vs. 4. Bucknell (Friday, May 30, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Liberty vs. 2. Arkansas (Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

vs. South Carolina Region

1. South Carolina vs. 4. Campbell 7ET ESPN3

3. Old Dominion vs. 2. Maryland 1 ET ESPN3

Indiana Region (#4 National Seed)

1. Indiana vs. 4. Youngstown State (Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Stanford vs. Indiana State (Friday, May 30, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

vs. Vanderbilt Region

1. Vanderbilt vs. 4. Xavier (Friday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Clemson vs. 2. Oregon (Friday, May 30, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Florida State Region (#5 National Seed)

1. Florida State vs. 4. Georgia Southern (Friday, May 30, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Kennesaw State vs. 2. Alabama (Friday, May 30, Noon ET, ESPN3)

vs. Louisville Region

1. Louisville vs. 4.Kent State (Friday, May 30, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3.Kansas vs. 2.Kentucky (Friday, May 30, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

Louisiana-Lafayette Region (#6 National Seed)

1. UL Lafayette vs. Jackson State (Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. San Diego State vs. 2. Mississippi State (Friday, May 30, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

vs. Ole Miss Region

1. Ole Miss vs. Jacksonville State (Friday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Georgia Tech vs. 2. Washington (Friday, May 30, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

TCU Region (#7 National Seed)

1. TCU vs. 4. Siena (Friday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Sam Houston State vs. 2. Dallas Baptist (Friday, May 30, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

vs. Cal Poly Region

1. Cal Poly vs. 4. Sacremento State (Friday, May 30, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Pepperdine  vs. 2. Arizona State (Friday, May 30, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

LSU Region (#8 National Seed)

1. LSU vs. 4. Southern Louisiana (Friday, May 30, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3. Bryant vs. 2. Houston (Friday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

vs. Rice Region

1. Rice vs. 4. George Mason (Friday, May 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

3.Texas A&M vs.  2. Texas (Friday, May 30, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Sites ranked based on average RPI

Looking at the RPI of each team we averaged the sites to get a glimpse at which sites are the toughest.

1. Florida 31.25

2. LSU 34.25

3. South Carolina 35.25

4. Ole Miss 43

5. Virginia 44

6. Rice 44.25

7. FSU 45

8. Vanderbilt 46.25

9. Louisville 54.25

10. Cal Poly 58.75

11. OK State 65.5

12. Miami 68.25

13. TCU 73.25

14. Oregon 81.25

15. Indiana 85.75

16. ULL 88.25

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SEC Baseball Tournament – Round Four Update

Ole Miss survives elimination after a 7-2 win over #19 Vanderbilt and MSU picks up a 7-6 loss in 12 innings late last night to Kentucky.

Day four of the SEC tournament is “do or die” for both Mississippi schools as a loss today will send them home from Hoover.

Ole Miss is back in the national seed discussion with the Vanderbilt win and South Carolina going two-and-out of the tournament.

Will a win today solidify the Rebels top eight spot?  Will LSU go on to snag that number eight spot for themselves if they go farther than the Rebs?

It is high drama in Hoover today!

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The Rebels advanced at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, putting together a big seventh inning to extend a lead as No. 10 Ole Miss (41-17) defeated No. 19 Vanderbilt (41-18) by a score of 7-2 on Thursday.

Aaron Greenwood (2-1) picked up the win in relief for the Rebels, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work. He entered the game in the fifth to relieve starter Jeremy Massie, who worked 4.1 innings with one run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Tyler Beede (7-7) took the loss, allowing four runs – three of them earned – on three hits with five walks and four strikeouts in his 6.0 innings of work. Beede also hit two batters to start a big seventh inning for the Rebels.

“Anytime you win this time of year it’s pretty awesome,” said Ole Miss assistant coach Cliff Godwin. “We played well today against one of the best pitchers in the nation.  Jeremy (Massie) pitched well on short notice and we executed much better today when presented with opportunities.”

The Rebels will now face No. 20 Arkansas at 3 p.m. today in an elimination game with the winner taking on LSU on Saturday.

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Mississippi State saw its extra-inning magic expire in the midnight hour Thursday night at the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.

Kentucky scored the game-winning run in the 12th inning as the Wildcats knocked off the Bulldogs 7-6 in the final game of the third day of the tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

MSU had won its seven previous seven extra-inning games. On this night, the visiting team Bulldogs allowed the game-tying run in the ninth inning and then had runners thrown out at the plate in both the 10th and 12th innings.

“The one thing is that we walked too many guys,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “We walked some guys we shouldn’t have. We let too many leadoff guys get on. We had some situational opportunities we didn’t take advantage of. I am really proud of how the guys competed tonight.

“Offensively, we had a good night and a good plan. We just missed on some situational things.”

Fifth-seeded MSU (37-21) will now face top-seeded Florida (38-20) in an elimination game. That contest will start 30 minutes after the completion of the 3 p.m. Ole Miss-Arkansas game. The MSU-Florida contest will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast and will also be available nationally on ESPN3.