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Wyatt Short Named to NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List

Wyatt Short Photo by Joshua McCoy Ole Miss Athletics
Wyatt Short
Photo by Joshua McCoy Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss closer Wyatt Short was named to the midseason watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. After earning a spot on the preseason watch list, Short has put together an impressive 2016 campaign to be recognized as a serious candidate for the award given to the top reliever in NCAA Division I Baseball.

In 12 appearances, Short has six saves to go along with a 2-1 record and 2.33 ERA. While the junior southpaw is tied for the team lead in saves, he has also shown his versatility as a long reliever. Against No. 10 South Carolina (March 26), Short pitched a career-high 5.2 innings of relief and allowed just one unearned run on one hit. Through 27.0 innings this season, the lefty has recorded 22 strikeouts while only issuing five walks. When pitching at the back end of the bullpen, Short has not blown a save. Two of his six saves this season were versus No. 2 Louisville, helping Ole Miss claim a series over the Cardinals.

For his career, Short holds a 2.03 ERA and limits opposing hitters to a .207 average at the plate. His 19 career saves already rank fourth on the Ole Miss all-time charts.

Short was one of five relievers from the Southeastern Conference on the midseason watch list. The SEC had the most representation out of all conferences as a total of 40 relievers made the list. From the midseason watch list, five finalists will be selected on Wednesday, June 8 before the start of NCAA Super Regional play.

Short and the No. 9 Rebels return to action tonight, facing No. 8 LSU in a nationally televised showdown between two top 10 teams. First pitch from Swayze Field is slated for 6 p.m. CT with the game broadcast on SEC Network.

For the latest news and updates involving Ole Miss Baseball, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissBSB, on Facebook at Ole Miss Baseball and on Instagram at olemissbsb. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Bianco on Twitter at @CoachMikeBianco.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics


Rebel Netters Named to All-SEC Team

Photo courtesy of Kevin Bain
Photo courtesy of Kevin Bain

Ole Miss men’s tennis sophomore Gustav Hansson and senior Stefan Lindmark have provided steady play at the top of the lineup for a young team seeking its 23rd straight NCAA appearance, and both were rewarded Thursday with selection to the All-SEC Team.

Hansson (Karlskrona, Sweden) made the first team and Lindmark (Stockholm, Sweden) earned second team honors. It marks the second time for both players to earn the recognition.

“We are proud of both guys,” head coach Toby Hansson said. “The SEC boasts many of the top players in college tennis, so to earn this recognition means you’ve had a solid year. Gus and Stefan have done a great job leading us at the top of the lineup.”

With his selection to the All-SEC second team last year, Hansson becomes the fourth player in program history to earn All-SEC honors in each of his first two years. Hansson, currently ranked No. 43 in the nation, owns a team-leading 24-10 overall record, 16-6 in dual matches. He tied for the second best record (9-3) in the SEC among players in the top two of the lineup.

“Gus has had a tremendous year and really showed that he can be a top player not only in the SEC, but in the country,” Hansson said. “Through his hard work these last two years, Gus has raised his level and has proven that he belongs among the best in college tennis. With continued ambition and dedication to get better, the future is only going to get brighter.”

Lindmark is ranked No. 60 in the nation with a 19-13 overall record, 13-9 in dual matches. He recently clinched the Rebels’ second round win against Alabama in the SEC Championship.

“Stefan, as our captain this year, has provided great leadership for us. He has been instrumental in our team’s success during his career. We are looking forward to the postseason and Stefan closing out a great college career on a high note together with the rest of his teammates.”

The Rebels will learn their postseason destination May 3 when the NCAA selections are announced at 4:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com.

For more information on Ole Miss Men’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics


Nationally Ranked Rebels Head to Memphis, Stanford

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
@olemisspix

The final weekend of the outdoor track & field regular season is here for the No. 20 Ole Miss men and No. 24 Ole Miss women, as the Rebels head to Saturday’s Memphis Invitational (Memphis, Tenn.) and Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational (Stanford, Calif.).

One of 10 schools whose men and women are both ranked in the top 25 of this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings, Ole Miss will send most of its athletes to Memphis, while several of the men’s and women’s distance runners will be gunning for school records and NCAA regional qualifying marks at Stanford.

Although rain is in the forecast for Memphis this weekend, Saturday’s competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT and run throughout the day. The men’s and women’s hammer throw will be contested Friday afternoon.

The Payton Jordan Invitational will feature many of the top distance runners in the country, competing in the 800, 1500, 5000, 10,000 and steeplechase throughout Sunday afternoon and evening. Ole Miss records could fall in both the men’s and women’s 5000 meters, with the Rebels running six men (Robert Domanic, MJ Erb, Wesley Gallagher, Trevor Gilley, Sean Tobin, Ryan Walling) and four women (Emily Bean, Mary Alex England, Bo Ummels, Britt Ummels).

Head coach Connie Price-Smith’s Rebels will look to be close to top form as they make their final preparations for the May 12-14 Southeastern Conference Championships, followed by the NCAA East Preliminary and NCAA Championships.

Notables:

  • For the first time since 2011, both the Ole Miss men and women are ranked in the top 25 simultaneously.
  • The Rebel men entered this week’s USTFCCCA rankings at No. 20, while the women debuted at No. 24.
  • Ole Miss is one of 10 schools (seven from the SEC) whose men and women are both top 25 this week.
  • This is the Rebels’ final weekend of competition before the May 12-14 SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
  • Among the 26 teams slated to compete in Memphis are the No. 21 Middle Tennessee men (and women), the Missouri men and women, the Louisville men and women and the Memphis men and women.
  • This is the inaugural season of the Connie Price-Smith era at Ole Miss.
  • Sophomore Raven Saunders has posted outdoor personal bests in the shot put, discus and hammer throw this year – setting school records in the shot (18.75m/61-6.25) and discus (56.85m/186-6) and ranking No. 2 in school history in the hammer (56.91m/186-8).
  • Her shot put PR at the Alabama Relays moved her up to No. 7 on the all-time women’s collegiate outdoor list.
  • Saunders now has the best indoor and outdoor shot put marks ever by an SEC woman.
  • Saunders is currently No. 4 on this year’s world outdoor shot put rankings after finishing the indoor season at No. 5 in the world.
  • Saunders has the top four shot put marks in the NCAA this outdoor season … Combining the 2016 indoor and outdoor seasons, she owns the NCAA’s best 15 puts of the year.
  • Ole Miss boasts four of the top 18 men’s 1500m runners in the nation this season … Sophomore Craig Engels is No. 2 (school-record 3:38.82), junior Robert Domanic is No. 9 (personal-best 3:40.95), junior Trevor Gilley is 12th (personal-best 3:41.77), and junior Sean Tobin is 18th (3:42.14) … They hold the top four spots in school history.
  • Engels also ranks 17th in the NCAA in the 800m with a time of 1:47.17 at the Texas Invitational.
  • For the fifth time in his two-year career, sophomore Dempsey McGuigan broke the Ole Miss hammer throw record, this time with a huge PR of 69.59m/228-4 at the Tiger Track Classic that ranks him eighth in the NCAA.
  • Sophomore Emily Bean shattered the women’s 10,000m school record with her 33:39.36 at the Stanford Invite.
  • The women’s 4x100m relay returns three of four legs from last year’s NCAA outdoor finals squad … The quartet of Nicole Henderson, Shannon Ray, Breanna Tate and Khadijah Suleman ran a season-best 44.03 at the Florida Relays and rank No. 14 in the NCAA this year.
  • Sophomore Lindsey Murray broke the school pole vault record with a clearance of 4.22m/13-10 (18th in NCAA) at the Texas Invitational.

For more information on Ole Miss Track & Field, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissTrack, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information


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