Jeremy Travis working hard to win a spot

Jeremy Travis brought talent and work ethic to Ole Miss baseball this fall. His commitment to improve since arriving is beginning to pay off.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Spring, Texas, went 4-for-7 with an RBI in the last two intrasquads. He says all he wants to do is to help his Ole Miss Rebel team continue to win, just as it has the last few seasons.

"Things have been going great for myself and for the team as a whole," Travis said of fall drills, now three weeks deep into a seven-week fall ball session. "The coaches keep commenting on how they think this is the best team they've ever had. We're really looking forward to making sure that statement comes true."

Travis says the first few weeks of his first year of Division I baseball have not been all that different from his junior college days.

"They've actually been similar to my juco practices," said Travis, who played for Northeast Texas Community College, the same junior college Rebel pitcher Scott Bittle attended. "They've been real hard with an old school mentality. We're going out and playing our hardest every inning. We're sprinting on and off the field. It's basically like what I've been through before, so I'm used to it."

And that all suits Travis just fine.

"I like to be the first guy out of the dugout and onto the field every inning," said Travis, who has been at first base and also in the outfield so far this fall. "I feel like I'm a hard worker who gives 110 percent. I just want to give it all I've got every day."

He says wherever the coaches see fit to play him is fine. He knows he'll have to continue to work to get in the lineup.

"They're moving me around between right field, left field, and first base," he said. "So as long as I can keep my bat hot and hit, I feel I'll be OK. Of course it depends on how the other guys are doing. The coaches say they're going to play the nine best hitters. So hopefully I'll be in there."

Travis grew up in Huntsville, Texas, so when that town's college team – the Sam Houston State Bearkats – played in Oxford in the NCAA Regional in June, Travis made the trip to Mississippi.

But experiencing what postseason play in Oxford is like didn't surprise Travis, who said he's watched the previous two years' Super Regionals on ESPN when the Rebels hosted Texas and Miami.

"It looked like such a great place to play," he said. "I knew if I had the chance, it would be a place I'd want to play."

He got that chance after Ole Miss assistant coach Rob Reinstetle saw him play last fall. There was a tournament his team played in Shreveport, La., and he played in the Texas Junior College All-Star Game in Waco. The first-year Ole Miss assistant was at both and liked what he saw in Travis.

Now he's at Ole Miss, working hard along with his teammates, trying to help Ole Miss get to the College World Series. He believes he has a head start.

"Being at a junior college for two years helped me adjust to college," Travis said. "Obviously it's a little harder here, but I feel I've adjusted fine. It's been good so far."

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