Junior right-hander Scott Weathersby has emerged to become one of the top long-relief options for Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.
Several early SEC weekends passed without Weathersby pitching. He arrives in Hoover, however, after his best outing of the year, four innings of one-hit scoreless relief against Texas A&M.
“At the start of the year I was at the back of the bullpen and kind of worked my way up as the year went on. I had some good outings, had some bad outings,” said Weathersby, a fourth-year junior from Oak Grove.
That Game 2 win against the Aggies clinched a share of the SEC West for the Rebels who won the division outright the next day when Alabama defeated Mississippi State.
“I was satisfied with Friday, but I was even more proud of my team and what that stood for, winning the SEC West,” Weathersby said.
He enters the SEC tournament with a 2.77 earned run average in 26 innings pitched.
Just like climbing from the back of the bullpen, Weathersby has had to climb throughout his Ole Miss career. At times he considered transferring.
“Ever since I was a little kid my dad used to bring me to baseball games here, and I knew this was where I wanted to be. The year that I redshirted, and even the year after that when I didn’t play, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I was just trying to follow the Lord’s plan for my life. I really felt like he was leading me to stay here, so I decided to stay. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
The Rebels open play around 1against Arkansas.
Another guy to watch …
Junior first baseman Sikes Orvis hasn’t homered since May 3 against Arkansas, Game 2 of that series. Since then he’s had only one extra-base hit, a double at Arkansas State on May 13. That’s a span of 25 at-bats.
Orivs remains second in the SEC with 12 home runs. He has 11 doubles.
Last season he totaled three doubles and three home runs.