New baseball class ranks in Top 25

It's no surprise that the Ole Miss baseball team's new class is ranked among the top 25 in the country. That's become a given for this program.

Collegiate Baseball has named the recruiting class No. 25 in the nation, marking the fifth time Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco and staff have pulled in a nationally-ranked recruiting class in his seven classes at Ole Miss.

No wonder the Rebels continue to play in NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals. Talented teams year after year will do that. Omaha can't be far into the future as the trend of great baseball players at Ole Miss continues.

The 2007 recruiting class is comprised of 17 newcomers to the Rebel program, including 11 freshman and six junior college transfers. Here they are with a bit of bio info as well.

Garrett Duff, RHP (Jr. - Richland College) – Helped lead his high school to the District Championship and earned All-District honors.

Tim Ferguson, IF (Fr. – West Brook HS) – Rawlings All-America selection and a First Team All-Region and All-District selection as a senior when he hit .485 for the year.

Jeb Galtney, IF/RHP – (Fr. – Episcopal HS) – Three-year letterwinner under Mike Netzel at Episcopal High School in Houston. Hit .358 with 26 RBI and posted a 6-2 record with one save and a 1.51 ERA.

David Goforth, RHP – (Fr. – Neshoba Central) – First Team All-State and Dandy Dozen selection as a senior also named Team MVP in 2006 and 2007 as well as an All-District selection.

Michael Guerrero, OF - (Jr. – Meridian Community College) – Named First-Team All-State, All-Conference and All-Region as he hit .375 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI last year. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 38th round in 2006.

Yogi Gunther, IF (Fr. – Westminster Academy) – Louisville Slugger All-American and two-time All-State selection also named Broward County Player of the Year. Brother of former Rebel catcher Barry Gunther.

Kyle Henson. C (Jr. - San Jacinto Junior College) – Two-time All-State selection in high school and two-time All-Conference selection at San Jacinto Junior College.

Michael Hubbard, OF (Jr. – UA-Fort Smith) – Two-time JUCO All-America selection and Conference Player of the Year at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith where he hit 21 home runs as a senior and batted .375 for the year.

Michael Park, RHP (Fr. – Memphis University School) – Posted a 10-1 record as a junior and was named a pre-season Louisville Slugger All-American as a senior. Brother Rob Park is a punter for UM football.

Drew Pomeranz - LHP (Fr. – Collierville HS) – Finalist for Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year in 2007 after earning All-State, All-Region and Best of the Preps honors. Lousiville Slugger All-America selection in 2006 was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round in 2007 after posting a 20-6 career record with 11 saves and a 2.21 ERA.

Sean Stuyverson, IF (Jr. – Okaloosa-Walton CC) – Selected to the Florida JUCO All-Star Game after transferring to O-W CC following a freshman season at Florida State. TPX All-America selection in high school.

Josh Thomason – RHP (Fr. – Lafayette County) – Named NEMCABB Player of the Year as a senior and Second-Team All-State selection after helping lead his high school to the Class 4-A State Championship.

Matt Tracy, LHP/OF (Fr. – Christian Brothers College HS) – First-Team All-State selection as a senior after helping lead his team to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. Two-time preseason Puma All-America selection.

Jeremy Travis, OF (Jr. – NE Texas Community College) – Named an All-Conference selection at NE Texas Community College after setting several school records at Huntsville High School and being named Team MVP.

Cliff Vaughn, IF (Fr. – Memorial HS) – All-State selection at first base as a senior and All-America honorable mention selection after leading his team to a district title as a senior. Second in the city of Houston for home runs with 12 on the year.

Tyler Wells, IF – (Fr. – Vicksburg HS) – Named 2007 Athlete of the Year for his high school and team MVP while also collecting Freshman of the Year honors and Best Defensive Player awards twice. Hit .458 as a senior with 40 RBI.

Logan Williams, IF – (Fr. – South Side Bee Branch HS) – Four-time All-State, All-Conference and All-Region selection and was named Arkansas Player of the Year in 2007 after helping lead his team to the state championship.


One player who has performed well so far is catcher Kyle Henson. He's in a battle with junior returnee Brett Basham for the job behind the plate.

Henson, who chose Ole Miss over Texas, says things have gone well for him so far.

"It's a different pace now that we've begun the scrimmages," said Henson, who in last Sunday's intrasquad went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a home run. "It's good that we're having the scrimmages now and seeing live pitching. It's good to see what everybody can do, and we've had good offensive days so far."

Henson says he feels a lot of positive chemistry and team camaraderie so far as fall practice winds up its first week.

"Everybody's been working hard and getting along really well," said the 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior from San Jacinto JC. "Team chemistry is important with every team. Everyone is very supportive out here and helps each other when they need to."

Henson said he wants to continue to improve as the fall moves on and build on days like last Sunday.

"I've just got to continue to go out there and do it," he said. "The biggest thing is consistency, and that's what I'm striving for every day."

(Bill Bunting of Ole Miss athletics media relations contributed to this story.)

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