Each year, Ole Miss baseball brings certain individuals who become the face(s) of their respective teams, often producing various records and accolades along the way.
Don Kessinger, David Dellucci, Stephen Head, Brian Pettway, Zack Cozart and Chris Coghlan come to mind, with many others playing a pivotal role over the particular stays in Oxford.
This season has been no different, as the No. 7 nationally ranked Rebels offer a veteran laden squad led by a senior class laced with leadership.
But one player in particular has stood out during his career in Red and Blue: fifth-year senior Logan Power.
"He's Mr. Consistent," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "If you look throughout his career, it's not like he's had a good year, bad year, or even throughout the year. It's not like he got off to a slow start and played well at the end or vice versa."
"I guess I like that name," Power said of Mr. Consistent. "Ever since I came here, that's what I've tried to do. I've tried to be consistent, especially offensively, because that's what (Coach Bianco) likes."
Power, who opted to return for his senior season despite being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 25th round of the 2008 MLB draft, has been the consummate professional.
The righty goes about his business quietly, but produces each game out. In fact, with his five RBI against Auburn Sunday, Power became the school record holder for career RBIs with 171. The previous mark was set by Kyle Gordon, who finished up with 168 RBI in 1987.
"Anybody who has the career record in RBI, which is one of the most important categories, the guy who drives the runners in, those are the guys that make the most money in the major leagues," Bianco said. "To have the most in your college career at a program that's had a lot of great baseball players – lots of them – that's a pretty neat thing."
Also impressive, Power is only eight doubles shy from tying the single-season record for two-baggers with Brad Henderson (24).
He enters Friday sporting a .320 batting average over 178 at-bats, while having totaled 57 hits and five homeruns for the season.
"He's always been consistent," Bianco said. "He's always been at that .330 (hitting) mark or better. He's always been a guy that's batted in the top to the middle of the lineup for us."
Mississippi State weekend is always a fun time for Power, as he was raised amongst a family full of Bulldogs, including his brother Mark who played baseball there. The Rebel outfielder said around 15 people will be coming up to catch the series, but 75 percent will likely be cheering for the in-state rival.
Family ties aside, however, it will be the final regular season home series for Power in an Ole Miss uniform.
"It's real emotional," Power said of the weekend three-game set, which begins today at 6:30 p.m. "I guess I see it coming to an end. But right now, we're just focusing on getting to the postseason and getting to Omaha. I'm trying to take it one step at a time, but I've had a great career here and played in a lot of games. I've got a lot of memories."
Ole Miss and Mississippi State have already faced off once this season, with the Rebels claiming an 8-1 win in the Governor's Cup at Trustmark Park.
The Bulldogs hold a slight 226-194-5 all-time series advantage against Ole Miss, but the Rebels have gone 16-7 against Mississippi State since 2004.
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