Riding The Pine

As expected, Ole Miss took care of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in relatively easy fashion Wednesday during the annual Kids Day Game. The Lions fell to the Rebels 11-1.

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It was a good bounce back for Ole Miss after four losses in a row.

"I loved our energy in practice Tuesday," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "I was happy to see how they got after it in practice. Had a day off (Monday) after a tough week of baseball (four losses). If you come to practice and show that kind of energy, we knew they were ready."

Bianco, his team now 22-8, said there was discussion about righting the ship immediately.

"We talked to them about where we are and what happened and that you have to handle it," he said. "It happens to all teams. But I don't know that they even needed that. They seemed to be the same team they were a week prior (to the four losses)."

Bianco said it was the hope that a good Tuesday practice would lead to a good Wednesday showing, which it did.

"Let's take care of business Wednesday. Let's have another good practice Thursday. And get ready to have a real good weekend (against Auburn in Oxford). So far so good."

The Rebels rolled out to an 8-0 lead before the Lions scratched. After a UAPB run in the fifth inning, Ole Miss scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the day's scoring.

In that inning J.B. Woodman hit a solo home run, his first collegiate round-tripper, and Auston Bousfield had a two RBI single.

Evan Anderson, the freshman left-handed Rebel starter, is now 1-0 with the victory. Ole Miss also rolled out to the mound Jacob Waguespack, Scott Ashford, Preston Tarkington, Austin Blunt, and Hawtin Buchanan.

Woodman Improves

Freshman J.B. Woodman, who arrived this year as a high profile player from Orlando, Fla., has split time in right field with junior Will Jamison. Woodman got the start Wednesday and produced his first home run in college.

"He hasn't played every single game because of (Will) Jamison out there," Bianco said of having two solid right fielders on the squad. "But he always seems to give you a couple of good at bats throughout the game. Maybe not as consistent as he would like offensively. But you can see the greatness in him and it's only a matter of time before he's even more consistent

"And it's always great to see someone hit their first college home run. A guy that comes here that was such a high profile recruit. To hit your first one is special."

In the outfield Woodman appeared to not be as comfortable early as he has become. He came to Ole Miss as a center fielder but that position was taken by another Floridian, junior Auston Bousfield.

"At the beginning of the year it was a little puzzling," Bianco said. "Sometimes you'll see position players feel the pressure offensively. Usually defensively they're OK. He had a couple of bad reads, but he's a center fielder. We would have no problem pushing him over to the middle of the outfield. Right's a little new for him. He certainly is a plus defender."

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