Diamond Rebs battle cold, snowy weekend

The Rebels got in one of three scheduled intrasquads this weekend, but Mike Bianco says things are still on schedule as the season opener is only five days away.

A bitter cold, even snowy, weekend put a bit of a damper on baseball preparations for Ole Miss the past couple of days. Sunday the Rebels were able to intrasquad after working out indoors on Friday and Saturday.

It was still cold - temperature at the freezing mark - throughout Sunday afternoon's two and a half hour practice. Coach Mike Bianco said he was glad his team got on the field again, and that there is always a chance a game or two might be played during the early part of the season under the same circumstances.

"Not your dream weekend before the season starts, but we were finally able to get out on the field," Bianco said. "The rain got us Friday and the cold and snow got us Saturday. It was supposed to get to 40 degrees today, but I don't think it did. There were even a few snow flurries out there today. But we had to get out there. The pitchers had to throw. For example Tommy Baumgardner threw three innings, and Nick Hetland four innings, and that's better than not throwing out there at all or throwing inside. It was good the pitchers who went got to throw some innings and the hitters got to see some live pitching."

(Complete details from Seth Keshel on today's intrasquad statistically at the bottom of this story.)

Other pitchers today were Garrett White, Cody Satterwhite, Will Kline, and Jon-Jon Hancock.

"All pitched well today, even in the cold," Bianco said. "Satterwhite hit 96 today. He threw several balls again above 93. For the hitters, however, it was a tough day to hit. It's tough just to swing in this kind of weather, to sit on the bench for several minutes or to stand out in the field and then come in and bat. Tough. Defensively it's tough too. If you're a shortstop, you stand there cold and not get a ball hit to you, then one is hit to you and you're supposed to throw it accurately across the infield. But that's part of it."

Bianco said he told the team that it was actually a good thing that they were able to get in some work on such an unseasonable day since a handful of games are like this each season.

"I told the team we will play at least one game when it's this cold, and maybe more," he said. "So the weather can't be an excuse. Someday it's going to rain. Someday it's going to be cold. We have to live with it. It was actually good for us to be out there today."

The Rebs will now intrasquad Monday and Tuesday to get back on schedule.

"We were able to do a lot of review stuff for the season and some other things inside the past two days (in the IPF)," he said. "So we're caught up and ready to go. We'll intrasquad the next two days and let the rest of the pitchers throw, and get some more at-bats for the hitters against live pitching."

Monday is Media Day for the baseball team. Bianco will meet the press at 12:30 p.m. and the players will be available for interviews after that.

"I think it starts the season for us," Bianco said of Media Day. "It's a chance to start talking baseball again. So many reporters cover all the sports - football, two basketball teams, other sports, and they haven't seen us yet. This is a chance for us to get all the media together collectively and tell them about the team - the returners and the new guys, the projected lineup and the starting rotation. And to get people talking about baseball."

Here is Seth Keshel's report from earlier today on the intrasquad scrimmage:

In an absolutely miserably cold scrimmage, the Grey Rebels defeated the Blue by a score of 5-4 by scratching out a run in the top of the eighth. There were only 13 hits between the teams today, including Jr. OF Alex Presley's leadoff home run against Sr. LHP Tommy Baumgardner (3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 SO).

So. RHP Will Kline (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, Win) picked up the victory by firing two perfect innings to close out the game. He looked good, sitting in the upper 80s and touching the low 90s with his heat. Fr. RHP Cody Satterwhite (3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 SO, 1 HBP) was the middle pitcher for the Greys. He hit 96 twice on the radar this afternoon.

Pitchers for the blue were Nick Hetland (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HBP), Garrett White (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO), and Jon-Jon Hancock (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, Loss). White was impressive, mixing his fastball and slider nicely to work three perfect innings.

Fr. SS Evan Button was 2x3 with a single and double to lead the Greys at the plate. On the blue, Alex Presley was 2x3 with a HR, Zack Cozart was 2x3, and Fr. C Brett Basham was 2x3.

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