Powerful Pomeranz

Drew Pomeranz pitched for the second time this season and the second time in five days. Against Vermont on Saturday, he was all but unhittable.

"I felt good out there," said the Collierville, Tenn., native after Ole Miss beat the Catamounts 15-3 in game two of their three-game series. "I was a little over-excited again. I was leaving a lot of balls up. I figured it out and had some walks. But I guess that happens."

He only allowed one run and had a no-hitter through two outs in the fifth inning. The solo home run he gave up at that point to Catamount DH Mike McCarthy had little to do with him coming out of the game after five. He wasn't going further based on the number of pitches he had thrown.

The shot by McCarthy cut the Rebel lead to 10-1. Pomeranz was done for the day after another out. He gave up six hits and had three walks. The outcome wasn't in doubt by then. And the Rebels only added to the misery for the visitors after that.

The Catamounts added a run in the sixth, an unearned run off Kyle Barbeck (2 IP, 1 unearned run, 3 hits, 1 walk, three strikeouts), and another in the ninth off Brett Bukvich (2 IP, 1 earned run, 4 hits).

"I was just trying to go as long as I could," Pomeranz said after his first win of the year against no losses. "I was trying to keep my pitch count down, but it was kinda hard when I was throwing that many balls. I'm still trying to build my pitch count up. I was at about 80 pitches, and that's more than I've thrown in a while."

Coach Mike Bianco said Pomeranz continues to get more comfortable as he pitches more.

"I thought he was tremendous today, very strong fast ball. We stuck mostly with the fast ball because of the runs but also because he was just overpowering them. He looked very strong."

Five Rebels recorded multiple hits on the afternoon. For the second straight day Kevin Mort led the Rebel hitting attack, this time with a 4-for-4 performance. In Friday night's 20-4 UM win, the junior shortstop was 4-for-5.

Matt Smith was 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored with two home runs. Michael Hubbard also had a home run and went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored.

Starter Keith Rackus (0-1), the first of three pitchers in the game for Vermont, got the loss for the Catamounts as he allowed 10 runs - nine earned - on 10 hits, with four walks and a strikeout in his 3.2 innings of work.

Bianco was pleased with his team's offense again.

"Offensively we've been tremendous all year long," he said. "I'm really proud of that. The neat thing is it's come from a lot of different people. So many guys throughout the lineup seem to play well, and guys we bring in do as well. That's encouraging."

Bianco is also encouraged by his team's improving defensive play.

"We're playing with a lot more confidence. Certainly when you score like that, it takes the pressure off. Even with the runs earlier in the season, we didn't play with a lot of confidence. You don't really know why that is. But it is what it is."

And what now it is apparently is an improving Rebel team in all areas.

Sunday's game is schedule at 1:30 p.m. Phillip Irwin (1-0) will start on the mound for the Rebels.


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