I didn’t make the game today, so I’m commenting just from seeing the box score.
If you were there and have more to add please do.
Tate Blackman was the feel-good story of the season opener when he homered, doubled and drove in two runs.
His freshman struggles after arriving with such a recruiting resume have been well-documented. It’s good to see that he backed that up with another solid effort today with a pair of hits and two more RBIs.
The Rebels didn’t rip the cover off today and didn’t hit the FIU bullpen at all as the Panthers’ relievers threw 2 2-3 innings of hitless, scoreless ball.
That said, they obviously did a good job of running up the pitch count of the starter. Sometimes teams throw their best arms in Game 2. I don’t know if that’s the set up for FIU or not.
I did think the Panthers kicked it around a little bit yesterday, and while the Rebels had a good day on offense with nine runs and 10 hits they got some help.
I would like to have seen Chris Smith as the Ole Miss starter. His numbers look average, but it looks like Andy Pagnozzi was really good behind him with one hit and no runs over 2 1-3 innings.
Brandon McArthur, a guy who was in the mix to start before getting injured late in the fall, gave up a run in one inning, and then Wyatt Short did his thing.
In two games David Parkinson and Andy Pagnozzi have been impressive and have backed up the claims of Mike Bianco and others that there’s more pitching talent and depth on this team. It’s way too early to make that call, but the first two days have been a good start for the bullpen.
It’s Sean Johnson to start tomorrow at noon weather permitting.