Trying to get Mathis going

Left fielder Tanner Mathis was one of the Rebels’ hottest postseason hitters last year.

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco would like to see Mathis return to that form, and he thinks the senior from Lake Charles, La., is close.

Vanderbilt visits for three games at Swayze Field this weekend.

“I think he’s gotten better the last week or two. You see spurts of Mathis, a couple of walks in tough situations, a couple of hits to the left side,” Bianco said.

Mathis is hitting .248 right now with two doubles and five RBIs.

Mathis is the leading returning hitter from the 2012 roster. He hit .359 a year ago and finished in the SEC’s top 10 in average, on base percentage, runs scored, hits and walks.

He was drafted in the 27th round by Houston but chose to return for his senior year.

“He’s missed more pitches, swung through more pitches this year than I’ve seen in a long time. There have been some at-bats that don’t seem very Mathis-like … easy outs, not all of them but sprinkled in his body of work. He obviously hasn’t gotten off to a good start, but he’s always been a finisher, always played better in the second half. I think he’s very close,” Bianco said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    Coach Bianco has got to get more than Tanner Mathis going he has got to
    get that entire Rebel team going. if my figures are correct the Rebels
    have been shut out the last 18 inning of play and 23 inning of play of unearned runs. The winning 11 inning run scored in the first game victory over Florida was unearned. They are 3 wins 4 loses in the last seven games and now have a 4-5 SEC record. But I think that will change soon The season is only half over. I have seen the Rebel baseball team down in past seasons and roar back when the going got tough. I believe they still have the team here that can carry them to the CWS . In baseball teams and players have loll moments and I believe OM is going thru one of those now but will snap out of it soon. I hope so.. JB

  • JB

    Knowing this is an OM Blog, but being a native Mississippian I want to congratulate Hunter Renfro, Miss State baseball player for having an outstanding year. Hunter is near the top of NCAA standings in BA,RBI’S and Hr’s. Good going Hunter keep it going for the Dawgs. JB

  • 1st Take was talking about how Mullen and Mississippi State took the high road and turned down the sale of Cam Newton and yet Newton went to play for Auburn without a check? The NCAA is out to prove they are watching and Auburn may not be the 1st to feel the NCAA’s wrath. Now they’re talking about banning the offending coach for 3 to 5 years and hooking up with the NFL, so they won’t hire that coach either. I think banning the coach or coaches is the thing to do…of course you may have to penalize the player too!

    “Don’t go back to Rockville and waste another year.”

  • Wow! That was my #100 comment….drumroll ….and you’re welcome!

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