Ole Miss vs. Binghamton at 1 p.m. CST.
A few thoughts from Friday’s 4-2 loss to William & Mary.
– Holding Bobby Wahl was absolutely the right decision and for the right reasons. Mike Mayers has the body of work to support that decision. Mayers was wild from the beginning, though he settled himself a little bit. When he lost his control again he really lost it.
That being said, without Andrew Mistone’s second error of the inning, it’s a 2-2 game at the end of the fifth.
Third base was blocked from view where I was sitting, so I didn’t have a good look at either of Mistone’s errors. A North Carolina writer a few seats down called the second one — that allowed two runs to score — a routine play.
– Auston Bousfield was 1-for-4 with a nice, well-struck double. Maybe that gets him going today. Ole Miss needs him to be more than a 1-for-4 player.
– Aaron Greenwood was a central figure in the bullpen struggles near the end of the regular season. He was better at LSU the final weekend and better still in the SEC tournament. He pitched really well against W&M, four scoreless innings, scattering four hits and walking only one. Says a lot about Mike Bianco’s confidence in Greenwood that he has quickly risen a second time to become the first option out of the pen.
– Jeremy Massie got some big outs in the SEC tournament and got a big out to keep it a two-run game going to the ninth yesterday. Massie had a base open when he entered the game in relief of Greenwood and walked the first man he faced. He got Ole Miss out of the eighth when Mistone made a diving stop of a ground ball hit near the bag.
– Do not assume an easy victory for Ole Miss against Binghamton. Numerically, the Bearcats, with their 171 RPI, shouldn’t have challenged NC State as much as they did. NC State needed a diving catch in the right field corner by Jake Fincher to help avoid the upset. The Wolfpack led 2-1 at the time and by all accounts would have been trailing 3-2 in the fourth without Fincher’s catch.