Bianco, Rebels practice, visit zoo
OMAHA, Neb. — A night after losing a 2-1 heartbreaker to Virginia Sunday night, the Ole Miss Rebels were back on the practice field Monday morning.
The team went through a 45-minute practice at Creighton University and following a break at the hotel, the Rebels were at the world-famous Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a little rest and relaxation with their family and friends.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco was asked a myriad of questions, from the decision to pitch to Virginia’s top hitter, Mike Papi, to bouncing back. He feels like his Rebels, who return to action Tuesday afternoon against Texas Tech, will pull themselves up off the mat, and respond, just like they have during the SEC season.
“They have always answered the bell. One of the things, and it’s the truth, but it’s one of the things the SEC does to you. They get kicked in the mouth sometimes in our league and we’ve been able to get off the mat and respond all year long,” Bianco said.
Christian Trent will get the start for the Rebels on the mound. Trent enters with a 9-0 record, a fact that makes Bianco feel that much better about the response.
“He’s been the guy all year in that two spot. You feel good with him obviously, undefeated, and a guy that has always answered the bell in that Saturday game. Whether you need to win the series or after a tough Friday night loss, he’s been the guy that has give us a great opportunity to get back into it. He’s the right man for the job for sure,” Bianco said. “I think he’s been consistent all season long. It’s hard to say that he’s done much better from the first game on. I just think he’s been consistent, and just from anybody on our staff, but as anybody we’ve seen. There just haven’t been a lot of ups and downs. He’s a great competitor and I think his stuff is a little underrated. It’s not off-the-charts stuff, but he’s a great competitor and fills up the strike zone in this ballpark.”
Here is a picture of the Rebels at the zoo. Photos are provided by the Daily Journal’s Thomas Wells. One of the players is Tupelo’s own John Gatlin, who some action Sunday at first base in Sunday’s loss.