Offensive Weekend

Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said it was the offense that clearly stood out the past three days for Rebel baseball as fall ball continues.

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"It was a good weekend, a very offensive weekend. Maybe our best offensive weekend since we've been here," he said. "Certainly the advantage went to the hitters."

Bianco wasn't quite as high on his pitchers from the weekend. Of course that is going to likely be the case when the hitters have success.

In a few of the earlier scrimmages, it was the pitching staff that held the upper hand.

"Some guys pitched OK (this weekend)," he said, "but sparingly after day one (Friday)."

Bianco talked some specifics concerning the hitters.

"Yarbs (Alex Yarbrough with four hits on the weekend including a home run) is always swinging the bat well," he said. "(Preston) Overbey (four hits on the weekend including a home run) has had a real good fall and been swinging it well.

"(Sikes) Orvis (home run, double, two singles Sunday) hasn't been playing because of the (injured) ankle. But I thought after not playing for a couple of weeks and still not being 100 percent, he's been swinging it great. (Tanner) Mathis (a single Saturday, two doubles Sunday) is having a great fall, as always."

The Rebels continue fall baseball during the Alabama football weekend. They'll intrasquad Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. for the Red-Blue Fall Classic, Sunday at 1 p.m., and again on Monday afternoon.

Cliff Godwin
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Complete stats from the past three days of intrasquads will be posted on the Ole Miss Spirit message board later today.

Bianco Baseball Notes

On the addition of Cliff Godwin to his coaching staff:

"What he's brought here is more of an energy and an edge and a toughness. Philosophically, I don't think we differ much from what we've done. He's just given us a big lift as far as confidence, energy, toughness, which I think we've lacked."

On the pitchers from the weekend:

"As I said, it was a big weekend for the hitters. Were they that good, or were (the pitchers) not that good? Usually it's somewhere in between. Bobby (Wahl) looked really good again. (Brett) Huber and (R.J.) Hively pitched well again. So did Tanner Bailey. There were spurts of some guys who had two good innings but one bad inning mixed in. It's all just about making quality pitches at the right time. Certainly we'll need more than those three or four guys. But those guys have certainly settled in and pitched well just about every (fall) weekend."

On 6-foot-7 junior right-handed pitcher Tanner Bailey's return to action this fall:

"He's worked so hard. You get injured (shoulder injury, then surgery) just a few weeks before you finish your sophomore year in junior college (spring, 2010), then come here and rehab for a year, and basically take a year off, in a sense that you're not throwing. He's worked hard in the weight room and rehabbed, and he was here all summer (2011). He's a guy who has worked and put so much effort into it. Even last year when he wasn't on the 35-man roster, he was such a team guy. You could tell he was invested in the program. So it's neat when good things happen to people who deserve it.

On getting ready for the Red-Blue Fall Classic this Saturday:

"We're going to mix up the pitching a little bit. We'll probably pick the six best guys to this point and they'll pitch. Position-wise we'll keep the teams even. We'll meet on Tuesday to decide how we'll do the lineups."

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