A few thoughts here after monitoring the three games on live stats …
Rebels sweep with wins of 7-0, 11-1 and 8-2.
When you give up only three runs on the weekend, the pitching looked good. Great first starts from Chris Ellis and junior college transfer lefty Christian Trent, who gave up only one between them. That was from Trent, who walked none and struck out six. Ellis walked two and struck out four.
Sam Smith walked three and gave up two hits in five innings on Sunday but worked around it and kept the Hatters off the board.
Solid relief work for the most part. Hawtin Buchanan walked none but gave up two hits in his inning of work. It means he was throwing strikes. He struck out two and did not give up a run.
An eye-grabbing debut for freshman Wyatt Short, a left-hander, who gave up no hits, no runs and struck out four in two innings in relief of Ellis on Friday.
Not a great start for Aaron Greenwood, who was the reliever most praised by Mike Bianco at his preseason presser. Greenwood gave up a hit, two walks and two earned runs in two innings of work today.
Lots of other pitchers got work.
As impressive as the pitching as the offense. The Rebels hit .380 for the weekend, and the heavy lifting was done by the guys who will have to produce, have to be the leaders on this team. Auston Bousfield, Austin Anderson, Will Allen, Preston Overbey.
Bousfield was 7-for-12, Anderson 6-for-13. Allen was 6-for-11 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Overbey was 5-for-11 with two home runs, both today.
Not a good start for Sikes Orvis. He did have a home run, but he was 3-for-12 and struck out five times.
Lots of new guys got work too.
The immediate question is “How good is Stetson?”
Hard to find much preseason copy on the Hatters, but here’s an Atlantic Sun preview from Baseball America. Not much mention of Stetson.