By John Davis, Oxford Citizen Sports Editor
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco met with the media a day prior to the start of the last home series of the regular season against Georgia Thursday at Oxford-University Stadium.
Rain is forecast for the opener Friday night, and Bianco talked about that issue, as much as he could.
“To be honest with you, I’ve just heard about it. I actually just got here 45 minutes ago because I was out recruiting. The truth is, unless it’s really dangerous, I don’t see us making a move too early to do anything,” Bianco said. “The problem for us this weekend is we have graduation. I’m going to check again today, but we briefly asked if we had to play a doubleheader on Saturday, is that going to be a difficult thing for some kids? The answers I’ve gotten to this point is no.”
The forecast is 80 percent chance of rain and Bianco, based on what he has been told, is that the weather will be bad going into Friday and early Saturday, but then clearing for the afternoon and into Saturday night.
“I don’t see us playing at 1 and I haven’t talked with the administration so I have to be careful of what I say. Certainly there is enough room to play a doubleheader on Saturday,” Bianco said. “The truth of the matter is we really can’t give you anything. If we get rained out, we’ll play a doubleheader on Saturday. That’s all I can really say. Nobody is going to make that decision on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 of what’s going to happen. Maybe there is a clearing, maybe there is a chance you can play at 6:30 and there is three hours of no rain.”
Ole Miss players are finishing up exams for the spring semester, which means by the time the series starts, each will be free of academic obligations, at least in bulk. Not having class is welcomed by the players, and Bianco, who liked this time of year for several different reasons.
“It’s big. It’s neat and gives them that feel where it’s almost like professional baseball. It helps their bodies in the sense that they’re not up late studying or writing a paper. They don’t have to get up early to go to a class or a tutor session,” Bianco said. “Rest wise, it can really help their body get rejuvenated even though they continue to play games and continue to practice. It’s certainly the most fun or funnest part of the season, I think. Once you get through finals, there is a lot more pep in their step and those type of things.”
Chance to host
Third baseman Austin Anderson is a veteran, and one of the many players who is keenly aware of where the team is in relation to earning an NCAA regional at home next month.
“Right now we’re looking good as a far as hosting a super regional and being a national seed, which would allow us to host a super regional if we were a national seed. If there is an easy way to get to Omaha, that’s the easiest path, to play at home,” Anderson said. “It’s important to play this weekend, approaching the end, it’s always the best time to play well. Then we go on the road to A&M, who has been playing well lately. In order to host a regional and super regional, we have to finish this weekend and then at A&M.”
The goal each year is to win 40 games in the regular season and host, Anderson said.
“Hosting a regional and a super regional are two of our team goals every year. We try to not look ahead, but with all the media … we see it. Right now, if we started today, I think we would (host) and be a national seed, so it’s important to keep winning,” Anderson said.
Below is a video of shortstop Errol Robinson, who has been very important to the Rebels’ success this season on the diamond.