Gold Medalist

The Ole Miss baseball team reported back to campus for fall classes a week ago. At least one Rebel had a summer to remember.

Drew Pomeranz led Team USA to a World Baseball Challenge Title with a 4-1 record and a 1.75 ERA in five starts including an 8-1 win over Germany in the championship game.

The tournament was held in Prince George, British Columbia, and in the title game on July 27 the Rebel left-hander pitched seven innings of almost no-hit baseball. He went six and two-thirds of no hits, the next German batter got a hit, and Pomeranz got the next guy out. Then he gave way to a reliever.

But USA would move on to claim the gold, and it's something Pomeranz said was a neat experience.

"It's obviously an honor to play for that team," said Pomeranz, who will be a junior this fall at Ole Miss. "It's something a lot of people who play the game won't get to experience. Winning the championship was special."

Along with the baseball experience, Pomeranz said the overall experience of travel and baseball in different countries was unique.

"I'd never been out of the country before," he said. "We played in Japan and Canada. It was fun to play against all those other countries. And beat them."

Team USA won 19 of 24 games during the summer and obviously the one that counted at the end.

Pomeranz said the experience in Japan was nothing short of amazing.

"It was different. We took a plane or train every day for a game," he said. "The crowds were awesome. They were polite and supportive of us, too. After the games, the two teams would line up, and one would bow and the whole stands would clap for them, and then the other would bow and the whole stands would clap for them. They were really good sports."

Then it was on to Canada to win the gold, then back to the Mid-South to get ready for school. For now, Pomeranz is basically resting as far as pitching goes. Remember, there were some long outings back in late May and early June, and some that came close together with little rest and recovery.

But he says he's felt fine throughout the summer.

"I haven't picked up a ball since the last game I pitched against Germany in that final game," Pomeranz said. "I've just been working out and running and getting in shape. Coach (Mike Bianco) did that for Lance Lynn and Cody Satterwhite (when they pitched for Team USA). It doesn't hurt to take a little time off."

Not when you've pitched as much as Pomeranz has. Fall ball begins Sept. 25, and he wants to be rested and ready to go then.

"I'll be looking forward to getting prepared for February and the start of the season," he said.

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