Ole Miss had eight runs on eight hits in its 8-3 win over No. 15 Louisville yesterday.
Mike Bianco was pleased with what he saw and is hopeful the Rebels’ offense will take a step forward.
“I think we played better yesterday. We still have a ways to go. We have guys in the lineup who are not swinging it well, not swinging with a lot of confidence. That can change in one swing, one game. Yesterday we had three multi-run innings. We had not had that in a long time.
“Our problem has been the timely hit. I know it sounds boring, but it’s the truth. We’ve walked a lot, we’ve gotten people on base. We’ve gotten the leadoff guy on base a lot. That hasn’t been an issue. It’s just getting that one basehit with two outs and the bases loaded that breaks open the game. We’ve not done that the last two or so weeks with a young lineup, but you’re just a hot swing away from making that a distant memory.”
Right now Ole Miss is hitting .255 as a team. That’s next to last in the SEC, better than only Missouri which is hitting .245.
JB Woodman and Cameron Dishon each had two hits yesterday, and Kyle Watson had an RBI double and scored three times.
Watson, a true freshman, has been the surprise of the team. He’s hitting .350 with 12 starts in 15 appearances going into the LSU series.
Dishon, who had a home run in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss, has increased his average to .279, and Woodman has climbed over .300 to .309.
Some key names from last year aren’t hitting well right now — Errol Robinson at .263, Colby Bortles at .250 and Sikes Orvis at .208.
The Ole Miss offense this weekend will face an LSU pitching staff that is second in the SEC with a 2.00 team ERA. LSU will start two freshman right-handers — Alex Lange and Jake Godfrey — who have sub-2 ERAs.
The Rebels haven’t won a series in Baton Rouge since 1982 and are 10-38 in Baton Rouge during that span.