Rebel freshmen make history

The abundance of talent under head coach Mike Bianco has produced great things for Ole Miss baseball, and a trio of underclassmen added to that prestige this week.

Rebel freshmen Zach Miller, Jordan Henry and Nathan Baker were each named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball. The three players add to the six previous athletes to receive the honor under Bianco, but this is the first occasion that more than two players are honored during the same season.

"This is a tremendous honor for these three young men and one that they certainly deserve," Bianco said. "You can look at the success we have had this season and all three have been a big part of getting us to our third-straight Super Regional and 40-win season. It says a lot about their level of play and our program to have three players selected to this honor."

Miller flirted with .400 before finishing with a .370 batting average, while Henry hit .375 and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches. Baker was 6-1 with a 3.66 ERA.

"It has been fun this year, and I am honored to get this accomplishment," Miller said. "At first I thought I would have to sit out a while and pay my dues. It was a rollercoaster ride as far as not knowing what my role is. But, in all it has just been a great year."

Baker was victorious in three SEC starts and cemented the Sunday starter role for most of the season. The southpaw picked up conference wins over LSU, Georgia and Tennessee.

"It is just unbelievable," Baker said. "It isn't something that you can expect, but I am stunned. It's a great honor."

Past honorees are Zack Cozart (2005), Cody Satterwhite (2006), Alex Presley (2004), Stephen Head (2003), Matt Tolbert (2002), Seth Smith (2002 and Adam Yates (2001).

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