Baseball weekend notebook

The Diamond Rebs concluded another week of fall practice on Sunday. Go inside for quotes from Coach Bianco, standouts on offense and pitching stats.

Consistency has been a tough thing for the Rebel pitchers this fall, but even so, Ole Miss hurlers are averaging more than nine strikeouts per nine innings and pitching at a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk clip. The following are numbers from the intrasquads over the weekend where the pitchers had an ample amount of success.

Wade Broyles 5 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 7 Ks 0 BBs

Josh Thomason 4 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 Ks, 0 BBs

Drew Pomeranz 4 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 Ks, 2 BBs

David Goforth 2 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 3 Ks, 2 BBs

Jake Morgan 2 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks, 0 BBs

Thomas Flautt 1 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 K, 2 BBs

Rory McKean 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 K, 0 BBs

Justin Cryer 4 IP, 1 run, 1 hit, 6 Ks, 1 BB

Kevin Parker 3 IP, 2 runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks, 1 BB

Scott Bittle 4 IP, 5 runs, 6 hits, 5 Ks, 2 BBs

Phillip Irwin 5 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 4 Ks, 0 BBs

Matt Smith 3 IP, 1 run, 5 hits, 1 K, 1 BB

The offense had its first off weekend of the fall session, but the following hitters played well over the three games. Stats are combined totals from Thursday, Friday and Sunday

Kyle Mills 2 HRs, 1B

Matt Smith 3 2Bs, 2 1Bs

Logan Power 3 2Bs, 1 1B

Evan Button HR, 3 1B

Cody Overbeck 4-4 on Sunday with a 2B and three runs scored. His first multi-hit game of the fall.

Fuller Smith 2 1Bs and 1 2B

Michael Hubbard, Cliff Vaughn and Yogi Gunther all had a double on the weekend.

Mike Bianco quotes about the weekend:

On Overbeck breaking out of his slump:

He has been swinging it well the last week or so, basically the last three or four games. And then today he gets four or so hits. You knew it was only a matter of time. He takes good BP, tremendous cuts and been very good defensively at third base. Pleased with his fall.

On inconsistent pitching:

It has been that way, but you have to be careful not to overevaluate things. The hitters have done well and the opposing batting average for the pitchers is somewhere around .260. We have given up some home runs, but they are also striking out more people than innings pitched and have a solid strikeout to walk ratio. Sometimes, you just have to credit the hitters. And another thing, three top pitchers in Bukvich, Satterwhite, and Lynn aren't throwing. If you scrutinize it further, the velocities are good. It is just tough to get these guys out.

On the Catch 22 of playing yourself everyday:

That is what it is without a doubt. When you play against yourself, it is easy to find a problem if you look hard enough. If we can do one better than the other, then I want to hit because there isn't a doubt that this team is going to pitch well when it comes down to it.

On Kyle Henson defensively:

He has done a great job. He has worked hard blocking ball and did a good job learning our system. He has received well and paid attention constantly. Throwing is always tough because we don't call pitches, and runners can go whenever they want. It is a little harder to control the steal. Him and Basham have done well.

On new administrative assistant Rob Francis:

He was a head coach at East Lake High School in Florida, which was Chris Coghlan's high school. It is in the Clearwater, Tampa area. He didn't coach Chris though. He was an assistant at Seminole High School which is my high school, so he has coached in that area. He went to Eckerd College, a D-II school in St. Petersburg. He is from Boston Massachusetts and also coached at Florida Gulf Coast, a new school down in Fort Meyers. He has worked a couple of our camps. A real sharp, hard working guy.

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