OLE MISS NOTEBOOK: Allen savors Rebels’ run to Omaha

OleMissLogoBy John Davis

Oxford Citizen

OMAHA, Neb. – After spending nine days playing, practicing and taking part in the College World Series experience, Ole Miss catcher Will Allen said his greatest moment, this postseason, was the dog pile at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I honestly got to say that was the best moment. It was about getting here, and then the entire time I was here, it was about the moments with your friends,” Allen said.

“When you touch down in Omaha, you look around and you feel it. Like I said before, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And to get to do it with 35 of your closest brothers, it’s unbelievable to just finish out the season like this.”

Ole Miss went 2-2 at TD Ameritrade Park, knocking out Texas Tech and No. 7 national seed TCU, in the process. The Rebels finished tied for third place overall, losing both games to No. 3 national seed Virginia. It was the most wins for any Ole Miss team in the CWS, tying the two wins earned by the 1956 team.

Weighing options

Junior center fielder Auston Bousfield was drafted earlier this month in the fifth round by the San Diego Padres.

Bousfield said he hasn’t thought much about the draft and possibly not returning for the 2015 season, but that changes now that the season has concluded.

“I’ve been focusing on this season and trying to help out the team the best I can. But I will sit down with my family now after this game and start to think about it all,” said Bousfield, who finished the year with six home runs, 50 RBIs and was second on the team with 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts.

“I think we can be back (in CWS) next year and I know nobody expected us to be here this year. I think we’ll have the talent again to do it next year and I look forward to it.”

No return

The decision was made to not have Jeremy Massie return to the mound Saturday afternoon after he pitched an inning Friday night. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco had Scott Weathersby pitch the second inning, before turning to Chris Ellis to start the third. Ellis took the loss, as he gave up four hits and three runs in his 32⁄3 innings.

“We thought the best plan was to bring Scott into the game with runners on and have him try and do his magic like he usually does,” Bianco said. “We wanted Chris to go out with a clean slate like he was basically starting a seven-inning game. It wasn’t Chris’ best day, but at end of the day, I think you’ve got to put your ace out there. If he can physically pitch and he wants the ball, I’m happy with it. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he competed out there. He gave us a chance.”

john.davis@journalinc.com