Diamond Rebs put on offensive show

The Ole Miss bats were alive and well Saturday as the Reds and Blues tied 10-10 in intrasquad baseball at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. They'll go at it again on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Twenty runs and 22 hits with some of your best pitchers on the mound might not make you feel all that well. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco simply assessed it as a good day, in football terms, on that side of the ball.

"To hit like we did I think is a good thing," he said. "To get 22 hits and score 20 runs in nine innings is pretty impressive."

Five home runs were hit, one each by Jon-Jon Hancock, Logan Power, Zach Miller, Dan Black, and Cody Overbeck.

"It's not super surprising that we put those type numbers up today," Bianco said. "I guess if you'd said 20 runs maybe that would have been high. There were some really good at-bats. We walked too many early and hit some people. But after that there were a lot of great at-bats."

There were other positives.

"We played relatively good defense," Bianco said. "I would just call it a good day at the ballpark. I think we have a good club, and we're still learning about ourselves."

Overbeck, who was a triple short of the cycle in a 3-for-4 day, said the Rebels showed some stuff offensively Saturday.

"That was good to see," Overbeck said. "It's always good to see the hitters do well. We've got a lot of talent. Our pitchers are really good, so we know with a day like this, our hitters are having a great day."

"We've had good balance this fall," Bianco said. "We hit well on Saturday last weekend. We pitched and played better defense on Sunday. This Friday was kinda split, a mixed bag. Some guys hit well, some guys pitched well. I don't necessarily think that's a good thing or a bad thing. As a coach you scratch your head and wonder this or that.

"But it's comforting to have those mixed days," Bianco continued. "Maybe that means we're pretty good at both."

Pitchers used by the Rebs Saturday were Scott Bittle, Craig Rodriguez, Jesse Simpson, Brett Bukvich, Lance Lynn, and Will Kline.

On Sunday, the evaluations of the 2007 Diamond Rebs continue.

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