By John Davis
OMAHA, Neb. – A magical season has come to an end for the Ole Miss Rebels. A lot has been made about the Rebels not advancing to the College World Series since 1972, but this year’s group feels like that will be different in the future, that the fans won’t have to wait 42 years for a return.
“Once you get here, good things start to fall in place after that,” said reliever Jeremy Massie. “This senior group, a lot of them have been here for four years. I was here for two years and there are lot of leaders that come from this senior class. A lot of guys look up to us as seniors and this is really awesome for the younger guys.”
Austin Anderson, the Rebels’ senior third baseman, felt like making the CWS would become more routine because of what happened this season.
“This will show recruits who are coming in that we can get here. The younger guys, now they know what it takes to get here. As long as they stick to the process and buy into the program, I’m sure they’ll get back,” Anderson said.
“They can be back next year, if not in the future. If Christian (Trent) comes back, and Sam (Smith) is coming back, that’s two of your weekend starters. J.B. (Woodman), Errol (Robinson), Colby (Bortles), they’re definitely going to be solid. I don’t know all their recruits coming in, but I’m sure they have another great recruiting class coming in.”
Catcher Will Allen said ever since he got to Oxford, the main goal was to get to Omaha and win a national championship.
“It took three years for me to get here and I’m unbelievably proud of these guys, for this year. I love them like brothers,” said Allen, who scored his team’s only run on Saturday. “From the time we stepped on campus this summer, we were with each other pretty much everyday, or as close you can be. I’m proud of this team, my teammates, everyone who stepped up and this a great year. I can’t say enough about it.”