Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bad News Bears

As it has happened many times this season, just when you think the Rebels have it back together, they drop back to their old ways of careless baseball. When I say careless, I mean it seems like they could care less rather they win or lose. The Saturday performance by this Ole Miss baseball team was a joke. In the first game they fought back from being way down to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth to watch it go away in the tenth. They followed that up with one of the worst games I have seen in the second game of the double header.

The entire weekend, I have never seen more mental mistakes by a Bianco team. Two dropped fly balls on Friday and numerous fielding errors on Saturday, made the team look like the Bad News Bears and several well juiced fans called them that in left field. I don't know what to say or how they should change things to turn into a winning program, but at this rate a three seed in the NCAA tourney would be lucky. If the SEC West was not as bad as they are this year, this Ole Miss team would not be in Birmingham late May. All in all a terrible doubleheader in what was a fun Oxford weekend.

(UMAA) OXFORD, Miss. – The long ball proved to be the Rebels undoing on Saturday as No. 21 Ole Miss (28-17, 11-10 SEC) dropped both games of a doubleheader to Arkansas (26-18, 9-11 SEC) as the Razorbacks used five home runs through two games to claim the series.
Ole Miss managed double-digit hits in both games, but left 20 men stranded in the two games combined. The Rebels also committed five errors on the day in the losses.
Brett Basham was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the nightcap to lead the Rebel offense and also led the team on the day as he was 6-for-9 at the plate on the afternoon with two RBI and a run scored.
Cody Satterwhite (3-4) suffered the loss in game two as he worked 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
Cliff Springston (5-2) picked up the win for the Razorbacks as he worked a complete game, allowing four runs on 11 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts.
“That shows you why this is an amazing game,” Bianco said. “Last night we pitched so well and were able to handle them. Today no one could handle them. We had no answers and they were just unconscious.We’ve never been hit like that, not that many home runs” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “It wasn’t even the amount of hits; it was the amount of home runs. We couldn’t keep the ball in the ballpark.”