Category Archives: Ole Miss

UPDATED: More rain, more delays

10:20 a.m. UPDATE: Ole Miss and LSU will begin at 11 a.m. and all games will be seven innings today. That will be interesting to see how that helps teams who played Friday and have less bullpen support.

The first game of the SEC baseball tournament’s semifinal Saturday is already a half hour behind schedule, so we could be in for another marathon day. Look at the radar and weather forecast, and it looks even worse for what could be two or three or four games (depending on if winner’s bracket teams get victories in the first game).

This will give Florida a little more time to rest before meeting Alabama. The Gators didn’t finish off their win over Vanderbilt until a few minutes past midnight this morning, so I’m sure they are happy to see the tarp covering the Regions Park infield this morning.

The Alabama/Florida semifinal will start 30 minutes after conclusion of the LSU/Ole Miss game that was supposed to start at 9:30 a.m. Stay tuned.

In other SEC news, check out this New York Times story detailing potential NCAA troubles for Kentucky involving Birmingham product Eric Bledsoe

And now, the Bama Blog humorous video of the day and one of my personal favorites.

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Alabama/Ole Miss baseball time lapse

Watch all the the 6-3 Crimson Tide win over the Rebels in 30 seconds via my trusty point and shoot camera. Enjoy.

Alabama/Ole Miss live blog: Tide wins

FINAL, ALABAMA 6, OLE MISS 3

From sneaking into the field to a semifinalist, Alabama took care of Ole Miss behind a second straight pitching gem and a little small ball.

Nathan Kilcrease almost threw his third straight complete game and the Tide’s second of the tournament after Jimmy Nelson’s outing Wednesday against Auburn. He was pulled for Jake Smith with one out in the ninth after Ole Miss brought the tying run to the plate.

Alabama gets the winner of the Florida/Vanderbilt game on Saturday.

Read more later.

Middle ninth: It looks like Kilcrease will get an opportunity to close it out himself after the Tide goes down in order in the top half of the last inning.

End eighth: Miles Hamblin’s lead-off, solo homer made it 6-2 after it rocketed over the right field wall but Kilcrease battles back and gets third out with a swinging K. Tide takes four-run lead to ninth.

Middle eighth: Josh Rutledge single scores Brock Bennett who moved to second on a balk after a bloop single to put Alabama up 5-1 and a Clay Jones single plates Rutledge to take a 6-1 advantage.

End seventh: Ole Miss isn’t going down quietly. Matt Smith ended Kilcrease’s streak at 17 straight retired with a double to right. David Philips then drove him home with a single to right. Alabama still leads 4-1 with two innings left.

Middle seventh: Ross Wilson got his third hit to lead off and later scores on a Jake Smith sacrifice fly to center. Another play at the plate, another Tide runner slide in safely to make it 4-0 Tide.

End sixth: Kilcrease got the put-out on to end the inning with 16 straight outs. Alabama comes back to the plate with its 3-0 lead in tact.

Middle sixth: The Tide scores two more. Jon Kelton triple to right scores David Kindred who led off with an infield single. Then an Andrew Miller squeeze scores Kelton in a wild inning. It’s now 3-0 Tide.

End fifth: Another inning without a base runner keeps Alabama ahead 1-0. Kilcrease has retired 13 straight now.

Middle fifth: We finally have a score. Taylor Dugas slid past the tag at home on a Josh Rutledge single. Dugas walked again and stole second in spite of pitch out to put himself in position. Clay Jones stranded two with a fielder’s choice to end inning. Your score: 1-0 Alabama.

End fourth: Ole Miss goes down in order again. The score: 0-0. Alabama’s Kilcrease has now retired 10 straight.

Middle fourth: Ross Wilson led off by slapping a double down the left field line, followed by a Clay Jones walk to put runners on first and second. Kindred failed to get a bunt down, then popped out. Jake Smith struck out swinging and Jon Kelton grounded into a fielders’ choice. Long story short, still 0-0 in Regions Park.

End third: A quick 1-2-3 half inning, keeps nobody in the lead, 0-0 with Alabama’s 3-4-5 batters coming up.

Middle third: Andrew Miller came just feet from a home run. Instead it was a long foul to the right side followed by a ground out to first. Brock Bennett legged out an infield single. Taylor Dugas followed by a walk that extended his streak of games in which he’s reached base to 46 straight, but Josh Rutledge struck out to strand both and keep the score at 0-0. Who will blink first? Stay tuned.

End second: Miles Hamblin just struck out to end the inning, 0-0. There was a brief delay when the home plate umpire took a baseball to the throat after the pitch hit the dirt. He appears to be alright now.

Middle second: David Kindred hit into a double play to waste a Clay Jones lead-off single and a Jake Smith strike out keeps the shutout in tact. 0-0.

End first: A pair of two-out singles for Ole Miss were wasted by a grounder to second that ends the first. Still 0-0 in a very pro-Alabama Regions Park. Another pitchers’ dual? We will see.

Middle first: Ross Wilson nailed trying to steal second ends the top of the first with no damage for Ole Miss. 0-0.

Welcome back to Hoover

We’re about 30 minutes from first pitch between Alabama and Ole Miss in the second round of the SEC baseball tournament in Hoover. Quite a bit is at stake.

An Alabama loss would set up a rematch with Auburn at 3 p.m. Friday after the Tide thumped the Tigers 7-1 on Wednesday. Auburn finished off South Carolina 3-1 in 12 innings earlier today.

Check back later for updates.

Storm clouds on horizon for favorites at SEC tournament

 Photo by me

Lower seeds have certainly ruled the opening day of the SEC baseball tournament.

Of the three games already in the books, no favorites have succeeded. Seventh-seeded Alabama’s 7-1 beating of Auburn was followed by sixth-seeded Ole Miss’ win over No. 3 South Carolina.

The defending national champs, but No. 8 seed LSU just knocked off regular-season champion Florida in a spirited Game 3. Those LSU fans love them some LSU.

It’s now up to Arkansas, the four-seed, to keep it from being a white wash in the night cap against No. 5 Vanderbilt.

On a side note, let me say I’m not happy with the speed with which today’s action has been played. I didn’t leave Regions Park before 2:45 a.m. after covering Alabama in the last game of Day 1 last year. Mad maybe isn’t the word. More like bitter.

UPDATE: Vanderbilt completes the underdog sweep, 2-0 in the nightcap.

Another Monday practice, little news

Well, another football practice media viewing period is in the books. For the most part, it was more of the same. Here are the biggest story lines I could uncover:

  • Nico Johnson was in the dreaded black non-contact jersey after spraining his left knee in the Friday scrimmage. This is just a guess, but I think he should be fine by September.
  • Joining him in the black shirt club was fellow linebacker Tana Patrick. No word on what the deal was, but it couldn’t be too serious since he was still participating in the drills.
  • According the Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register, Ole Miss will be the Crimson Tide’s homecoming opponent next fall. 
  • Finally, here is a video of a drill I don’t think I’ve videoed the defensive line doing yet. These videos are getting repetitive. But to be honest, it’s all we ever get to see. Enjoy. 

Tide basketball loses again

Check out the video of the closing seconds of the 76-73 Ole Miss win Saturday in Coleman Coliseum. Tony Mitchell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer misses the mark after Chris Warren nails a pair of free throws with 8.6 seconds left.

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Girlfriend to punter: You throw like a girl

Alabama punter P.J. Fitzgerald is one of the better interview subjects on this Alabama team and he stepped up Tuesday. He gave some quality insight into the whole tape issue on field goal attempts.

And then he gave the answer of the day when asked about his fake punt against Ole Miss. Once a high school quarterback, Fitzgerald completed his only pass attempt of the season on a throw to Mark Barron on the fake.

Fitzgerald said he wasn’t really happy with the way he threw the ball. He even thought everyone else checked out of the fake based on the Ole Miss formation, but when he saw everyone else running the fake, he sprung into action.

His pass was a little low, but Barron caught it and ran for the first down. Afterward, Fitzgerald said his girlfriend had a painful critique of the pass.

“She said I looked like a girl throwing it,” he said. “But hey, I’m 100 percent.”

Alabama/Ole Miss replay

If you’d like to relive Saturday’s 22-3 Alabama win over Ole Miss, check out the replay on the SEC Digital Network.

The entire game is online, commercial free. Just click here to get to the video.

After that, check back here a little later today for some extra analysis from the day after the sixth win of the Crimson Tide season.

T-minus 30 minutes

We’re a half hour from kickoff in Oxford and the stadium is filling up. I just heard an old timer from Ole Miss tell his buddy he “ain’t seen an atmosphere like this in a loooong time.”

No major news to report in the pregame. Everyone appears to be accounted for including the Alabama band. It didn’t make the trip to Kentucky last week, but is back for this one.

Check back later for any major updates.

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The other perspective: Ole Miss

On the eve of the big game, check out the following stories written by beat writers who cover Ole Miss. (All garbage Bleacher Report stories omitted)

  • From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, click here for a story about Rebel receiver Shae Hodge and then click here for another about running back Enrique Davis.
  • For the rest of C-L beat writer David Brandt’s thoughts, check out his blog here.
  • The Tupelo newspaper takes an interesting look at ways to exploit Alabama based on last week’s win over Kentucky. Click here for that.
  • Not a local take, but the Sporting News examines Saturday’s game. Check it out here.
  • Today’s story from the Associated Press in Mississippi is here.

Remember the Ole Miss showering bottles?

It’s been two years since Alabama beat Ole Miss in Oxford. That’s also two years since the Rebel students expressed their displeasure by throwing empty bottles, once containing booze, towards the field.

Classy, I know.

If you need a refresher, check out this column written by my predecessor, Josh Cooper. He was in the crossfire and luckily lived to write about it. And if you’re headed to Oxford on Saturday, don’t forget a helmet.

Nutt like Shackelford (a lot)

Speaking on his turn of the SEC media teleconference, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was asked about freshman linebacker D.T. Shackelford, a 2009 graduate of Austin High School. The coach no doubt had plenty of love for his young defender.

“Well, I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen a young man come in here as a true freshman in the summertime, and just fit in so well. Everything is ‘Yes sir, no sir.’ He’s so far ahead of so many of the freshman. (He’s) a tremendous leader, tremendous passion.

“His high school coach said that from Day 1. It’s the best player he’s ever coached. He hustles, his attitude. That’s what he has: He has tremendous attitude with tremendous passion and he caught onto everything.

“It’s a shame he got hurt. I hope he will eventually get back to full speed. He has a very high ankle sprain and he was an exceptional player on special teams and we’ve had him in the rotation.”

About Shackleford’s recruitment:

“He had originally committed to Tennessee and I think we won the family. We won the mother, the dad. We convinced him this was their best home, that we were going to treat him like he was our own son. He felt good. He’s always felt good about Ole Miss when he got on campus. He always felt good about our academic support group, but once I got in that living room there in that last week, and we convinced his mom and dad this is his home and this is where he needs to be.