Sure, UT-Martin is bad. They are REALLY bad. And sure, the first four runs of Ole Miss' 11-1 win were mostly due to downright garbage defensive fielding by the Skyhawks (if Skyhawks isn't a generic mascot for a Div. 2 football team in NCAA football games, I don't know what is). But after taking two of three from the top-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores this past weekend, no one who knows Ole Miss baseball would have been surprised if the Diamond Rebs let out a giant, encompassing fart of a midweek game against an inferior baseball game (something that's happened in almost every midweek home game this season). Instead, the Rebs pushed their win streak to three (YES, THREE!), tying their longest their longest spurt of the year, when they beat Arky Pine Bluff and took two on the from end from Florida in late March.
Swayze Swag levels:
Colby Bortles: For a while during the season, a certain NFL QB's little brother was pulled from third base due to a cold bat and a glove that left a bit lacking. However, Colby is all over the dish right now. After his game-saving grand slamerino against Vandy, he answered back with another grand slam into the Rebel bullpen last night. He also pulled another bomb to left field in the sixth inning to finish with five RBIs on the night.
Sam Smith: Sam notched his 50th career start with the Rebels and pitched a doozy. His slider downright befuddled the Skyhawks, allowing him to go six innings with just four hits and one run (a solo shot).
Rebel record... again: WE ARE ABOVE .500 again! But seriously, as we keep winning these midweek games and eventually push past .500 in SEC play (currently 7-8), I feel pretty confident in locking up a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament (maybe even a No. 2 seed with a run in the SEC Tournament).
I thought Chase Parham's tweet really put this season's performance in perspective.
Some of #RebsBSB's best teams -- 2005, 2006 -- were 7-8 at the midway point. The non-SEC schedule has shaped this season so far.— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) April 11, 2015
Some may disagree, but I truly believe this is well above average baseball team with a chance to make a splash in a tournament scenario, thanks to Trent/Bramlett. We just need the bats to get consistently lukewarm throughout the lineup.
Kyle Watson: Kyle had a great start to the season, at one point starting in left field and even getting the nod at lead-off hitter. He's seen quite a bit of a slump as of late, now batting just .225. He didn't start on Wednesday, but Bianco called him in towards the end to probably test his bat. He then proceeded to strikeout. Kyle is now OH-FOR in his last seven at-bats with two walks. Pick it up Kyle, we believe in you.
GRILLIN' AND CHILLIN'
A common misconception is that football season is a time of gluttonous and drunken debauchery that is unmatched by any other sports season. What people don't realize is that with on average of four games per week, baseball season lends itself to many, MANY beers and even more deliciously salted (and accordingly unhealthy) peanuts. This week I opted for a healthier option: grilled chicken kabobs. These are very simple and still mouthwatering good.
- 2-3 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
- red onion
- bell pepper, whatever color
- roma or cherry tomatoes
The more colorful your cutting board, the healthier it is! I would have loved to add some pineapple to this mix but no dice. Marinade in your chicken in whatever gets your juices flowing. This is Kroger brand sesame ginger. Assemble your skewers and grill for 15 minutes, turning two to three times.
Because it's getting warmer by the day and it's about that time that mint takes over your garden, I'll throw in a little BONUS item for your grilling needs, a DRANKETY DRANK.
- 1-2 oz simple syrup
- juice of half a lime (about 1 oz)
- 4-6 sprigs worth of mint leaves
- crushed ice
- RUM, RUM, RUM, RUM, RUM, RUM, RUM, RUM, RUM
Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice. Fill glass with crushed ice, fill glass with rum. PROFIT.
The Rebs travel to Auburn this weekend to take on a mediocre Tiger ball club that will be itching for wins. Hopefully we can continue this win streak. Enjoy the upcoming beautiful weather (y'all deserve it) and we'll see you next week for STAR WARS NIGHT AT SWAYZE!
#RebsBSB @starwars Night on April 22. Great giveaways & appearances from #StarWars characters. #HottyToddy #JediSikes pic.twitter.com/b09Ub4MAD7— Ole Miss Baseball (@OleMissBSB) April 10, 2015