While the “MO” for Ole Miss much of this season has been the Rebels’ offense, it was pitching that carried the day in the Oxford Regional.
That was after the Rebels knocked the ball around in a 12-2 win over Jacksonville State in the opener.
They were not able to string hits together and score a lot of runs against Washington, just five over the course of two games.
They were able to win those games because of solid relief pitching from Scott Weathersby and Aaron Greenwood.
As you hear him describe in the video, it’s almost been like a 15 minutes of fame thing for Weathersby. His role to this point has not been such that he’s been requested for interviews much.
Now he’s a bullpen weapon, and Ole Miss really needs him to extend his fame and good fortune this weekend in the super regional against La.-Lafayette.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco described Wednesday how his bullpen has evolved. Early in the season the Rebels had trouble closing games. There were possible wins left on the table at South Carolina, at Alabama and at Mississippi State.
The Rebels have been much better at that of late, even though it hasn’t been in “traditional” fashion. There was no bullpen set-up guy in the regional.
Weathersby threw 5.1 innings and 65 pitches — three more than the starter, Sam Smith.
The previous day Greenwood threw 47 pitches in 2.2 innings.
Combined, they allowed three hits, three walks and no runs to Washington hitters while striking out 10.
That committee approach has taken away a lot of pressure from the bullpen, Bianco said.