Kight hopes to deliver for Rebs at DH

Cullan Kight's been waiting for his chance. Now he's got it.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Magee (Simpson Academy) will DH for the Rebels Friday night in the Regional opener against Sam Houston State.

"I was real excited when Coach told me," said Kight, batting .300 with 10 at bats in eight games this season. "It means a lot."

Kight has done a lot of waiting in his two-year UM career. He redshirted his first season and knew there might be limited opportunities this season. But he stayed the course and always approached things with the mindset that he would make the most of his chances when he did get in.

Head coach Mike Bianco said that time has arrived

"It's not just that one at-bat," Bianco said of Kight's memorable 10th-inning blast that just missed being a two-run homer in Hoover last Saturday night against Vanderbilt in the Rebels' 7-6 loss - a shot that hit near the top of the right field wall and wound up a double. "He'll start at designated hitter, and the reason is because in the last month of batting practice, he's hit the ball as well as anybody."

Kight agreed with his head coach on how he's been hitting.

"I've been swinging it well in practice. I've had some good BPs," Kight said. "I'm feeling confortable at the plate."

The double he hit in Hoover was only the second extra base hit all season given up by Commodore stud closer Casey Weathers.

"Somebody told me that," Kight said. "I just wish it had gotten out."

Kight said he's learned a lot in his two years here.

"Mostly patience," said the high school All-American by Louisville Slugger, known for his power at the plate. "I've just tried to give the team my support when I could. I haven't had a lot of opportunities, but it feels good to finally be getting a chance."

The Rebels play the Bearkats at 7 p.m. Friday. Southern Mississippi plays Troy at 3 p.m. in the first game of the Regional.

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