Bukvich hopes to avenge 2006 Super Regional

Brett Bukvich responded after a lengthy demotion by shutting out Arkansas on the final day of the regular season. Now, the tall lefty is excited about getting the opportunity to avenge another setback. The catch? If things go perfectly, Bukvich won't get that chance.

Mike Bianco announced that the sophomore would start a potential third game of the Tempe, AZ., Super Regional to be played on Monday. After hearing, Bukvich was admittedly fired up.

"Very exciting," Bukvich said. "I have been looking forward to this since Miami last year. I had a disappointing outing against them in the Super Regional, and I felt like I let my team down. If it works out well, then we won't need me though. We can take care of business in two, but if it goes to a third game, I am really anxious, can't wait to get out there."

Bukvich tried to send Ole Miss to Omaha in 2006 during the second game against the Hurricanes, but Miami knocked the southpaw off the mound to the tune of nine hits and six runs in less than four innings. The Rebels didn't score a run and were eliminated with a loss the next night.

The same trio of starters will get another shot Saturday, and Bukvich thinks that Will Kline, Lance Lynn and himself have all improved since last season- both physically and mentally.

"We were kind of a train wreck last year (versus Miami)," Bukvich said. "Now, we have another year under our belts and are much more confident in ourselves and each other."

Bukvich hasn't thrown since being bashed by Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semis, but he thinks the problems that caused eight Commodore runs in 1.1 innings of work have been corrected.

"My brother was watching the game and said that I was throwing across my body, and that I wasn't gathering at the top of my balance point," Bukvich said. "That has been the key. I threw a bullpen yesterday, and it was really good. My stuff was sharp, and I was hitting my spots with the fastball."

Bianco noted that Arizona State's lineup was a factor in the decision but that Bukvich has earned it as well.

"He deserves another opportunity," Bianco said. They have a lot of left-handed bats, and I didn't want to keep it in limbo all week. And of course with them having to face two power pitchers the first couple of days, he is a good fit and has the ability to be successful on that stage."

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