'It's Surreal'

Ole Miss freshman SS Errol Robinson sealed the deal at ULL with a nifty play for the final out of the Super Regional. It's just now hit him that his Rebels are in the College World Series.

"It's sinking in now what we have accomplished, but it's still a little surreal," said Robinson. "I just know I'm excited and looking forward to the challenge."

Robinson had the ball in his hands at the end of the Super Regional. A good throw to first after gathering in a sharp ground ball toward second base and the Rebs were the Super Regional Champions. . .

"I wasn't thinking about anything but doing my job," he said. "I was glad the ball was hit to me and when I let the throw go, I knew it was there. We all started celebrating. I was glad to have a hand in the final out."

Robinson has been a big part of not only this championship team as the starting shortstop, but as a main player in a heralded freshman class that has left an indelible mark on the first Reb team to punch the ticket to Omaha in over four decades.

"I'm so proud of this whole class. We all made a mark and had a role to play," Robinson assessed. "To help out as much as we did at such a young age has been special to us.

"Now, we have our feet wet and feel our futures here are really bright, but we still have more to contribute this year, which makes it doubly exciting. As a group, we have worked hard every day to get better. That's been our only goal - get better every day, and I think we have done that as a freshman class."

Robinson said he is much more comfortable now than he was to start the year and he credits the veterans on the team for his development.

"The older guys always had my back. They helped me understand the intensity level of the SEC. It's been an exciting journey so far and I credit the way they helped me along for any success I have had," he acknowledged. "Now, I almost feel like a veteran. My confidence level is high and I am ready to compete on the national stage in Omaha. Credit to the guys who help me gain that comfort level and experience and had faith in me to do the job."

Robinson said he does not believe there is the possibility of the Rebels showing up in Omaha just happy to be there.

"We want more. We are going there to win the title," he noted. "To do that, we just have to be ourselves and stay within ourselves. We just need to stay focused and play like Ole Miss Rebels, like we know we can."

Robinson has some knowledge of the Rebs' first CWS foe - Virginia.

"They are real good, but everyone left is real good," he surmised. "I have a couple of buddies who play for them and I know they will be tough. Nick Howard went to my high school. He is a first-round draft pick, a great guy and a great pitcher.

"He can be dominant. He is something else, but I am looking forward to facing him. I'm looking forward to playing them. It will be a great challenge, but that's what you play for."

Robinson will take a stellar .299 batting average into the CWS. He has done yeoman's work at SS all year, shoring up a position that struggled last year.

He knows "surreal" will turn to "real" in Omaha.

"I can't wait," he closed.

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