Henry feeling like days of old

It's nice to see the old Jordan Henry back. But it's even nicer for Jordan himself.

The sophomore speedster from Vicksburg, who hasn't had the season he had last year when he was named the SEC's best freshman, is beginning to show signs of, well, last year.

For the outfielder, that's a good thing. For his Ole Miss team, a great thing.

"You have to be patient when it comes to that stuff," said Henry, who as a player hasn't had to deal with that type "stuff" much throughout a stellar prep career and on into college last season. "You've just got to make the most of every opportunity that you get whenever you get in the game, whether it's early or late. You just have to be patient and remain positive and optimistic. It's what I've tried to do."

He admitted that at times it's been tough. But he's tried to keep his head up.

"It's different being on the bench, but at the same time you have to support your teammates," said Henry, with two hits Friday night in the Rebels' 12-4 win over Arkansas and two hits the previous game in a 9-4 win at Arkansas State. "That's what I've been doing."

And his teammates have recriprocated.

"Everyone's been supporting me and nobody's gotten down on me. That's made me feel real good," he said.

Henry said he hasn't changed much but that things are just coming around for him.

"I just came in there trying to be aggressive and trying to get good swings off. It's what coach talked to me about in BP. In the games, that's just what you've gotta do. It's what I was trying to do."

Back to back games with multiple hits weren't that rare for Henry last season. This year, they've been few and far between.

"I'm more comfortable now and looking forward to the next time I go up there," he said. "You've just gotta keep that confidence and keep swinging it and be aggressive no matter what."

Henry is only a part of a Rebel offense that has had some good outings lately. In the past three games, Ole Miss has scored 15 runs in a 15-5 win over Murray State, in addition to the game at ASU and the opener against the Razorbacks.

"We swung it realy well," said Logan Power, who was a spectacular 3-for-4 Friday night with a single, a double, a home run, and a walk, along with two RBI. "We were just hitting it all over the yard tonight. We've got a lot of momentum after those two midweek games. We just need to keep swinging it like that."

Power, the Rebels' most consistent hitter all season, said Friday night was fortunately more of the same for him.

"I saw the ball pretty well on the home run," the fourth-year junior said. "He (Razorbacks starter Dallas Keuchel) threw the first pitch down and in, and I just kinda golfed it out of there."

It put the Rebs up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. That was followed with a solo shot by the next batter, Cody Overbeck. Ole Miss was on its way to a big Friday night win that in some ways became routine as the game went on, especially after a Zach Miller RBI followed by a Logan Williams 3-run home run that increased the UM lead to 7-3 after five innings.

"It was great for us to come out here and help (UM starter) Lance Lynn out," said Miller, 2-for-3 with a single, a double, a walk, and two RBI. "The bats came around tonight and that's good to see."

For an Ole Miss team that had been struggling at the plate much of the time this season, that was indeed the case.

The Rebels, 28-15 overall and three games ahead of anybody else in the SEC West at 11-8, play two games today against Arkansas (24-18, 7-11) beginning at 4 p.m.

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