The Rise of Ole Miss Baseball

The Ole Miss baseball team heads into the last couple weeks of the season with a chance to capture the SEC crown, something that’s become familiar for the team over the past four years.

The Rebels are 24-13 and only three games back in the SEC West.  The program has come a long way in the past couple years, racking up three Super Regionals as well as an SEC Championship.  Head Coach Mike Bianco attributes the success to the hard work of his players and the dedication of his coaching staff.

“I’m very fortunate and blessed to do something that I love and to be out on the field every day coaching some great young men.  I think they are great representatives of our university and do it the right way,” Bianco said.

Oxford University Stadium has also undergone a major transformation.  The $18.5 million renovation in 2009 resulted in an increase of just more than 6,000 seats, making the total capacity around 10,000.  With this increase, the players and coaches can feed off of the home crowd and use it to their advantage.  Zach Miller feels the atmosphere gives the team a boost during home games.

“Words are hard to describe it, it’s a great feeling having all of those fans cheer you on,” Miller said.

Despite their recent success in hosting three Super Regionals, the Rebels have failed to make it past that stage and have not been able to break into the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Rebels have been one of only six teams in the nation to host Super Regionals four of the past five years, but their goal is to make it to Omaha.  Bianco believes his team is not far from breaking through.

“We’ve hosted a bunch of Super Regionals, but we just haven’t been able to make it past those.  It’s going to happen, we’re too good for it not to, we just need to keep playing Ole Miss baseball,”  Bianco said.

The team has five crucial series remaining on their schedule, starting with a home set against the fourth ranked LSU Tigers on April 23. 

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~ by nmmills on April 20, 2010.

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