BASEBALL: Looking at bunt defense

Arkansas, as they did with many Ole Miss pitchers last weekend, clearly figured out Drew Pomeranz. One thing that contributed to a raucous outing for the freshman left-hander, however, was the inability of he and his teammates to defend a bunt on the right side of the infield.

In a five-run third inning the Razorbacks twice notched bunt singles on the right side near first baseman Matt Smith.

Smith is extremely athletic and has speed that’s better than his size would lead you to believe. He also has a lot of confidence and sometimes appears to take off after balls that might be better left to the second baseman, catcher or pitcher. Sometimes the best defense for a first baseman is to run and cover the bag.

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco says sometimes the bunt defense can “show (Smith’s) inexperience,” but the redshirt freshman first baseman is only part of the problem. At times second baseman Zach Miller failed to cover, and at times the coaches had Smith out of position, back when he should have been up for instance.

“There were three bunts over the course of the game but only one he shouldn’t have attacked,” Bianco said. “Some of our best players here, Stephen Head for example, have struggled with those plays.”

Smith fields the position well, but Saturday wasn’t the first time this season that’s been a problem for Ole Miss. Regardless of the point of origination, that’s an area opponents can exploit until the necessary adjustments are made.

— PA


6 Responses to “BASEBALL: Looking at bunt defense”

  1. Danny Says:


    I was looking for your article on the new pastor. I heard he is “lights out” in the pulpit.

    THe baseball blog is pretty good too.

  2. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    This what the SEC Tournament play looks like today 1 May 2008:


    1. GEORGIA
    2. OLE MISS
    3. FLORIDA
    5/6/7. KENTUCKY
    5/6/7. TENNESSEE
    8. ALABAMA

    Ole Miss controls its own destiny. This week-end play at Ga is most vital to the Rebs. Desperately needing two (2) wins.

    Most of all they need to keep the lead in the West Division. That will automatic give them a top seed in the tournment, regardless of their record. The Rebs got the “Right Stuff” all they need to do is get it all together.

  3. bigdraws Says:

    Don’t be surprised if LSU sneaks in there by the end. They’re red hot right now.

  4. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    LSU is hot, and never underestimate the Bengals,but they have to travel to Ky this week-end,MSU at home, then away to Auburn. Ark may have an advantage, as well as The Tide. Just have to wait and see what happens over this week-end.

  5. m4rebs Says:

    Does everyone not control their own destiny at this point? Miss. St. is the only one that doesn’t I suppose.

  6. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    M4, Ole miss for me at present.

    Miss State is not a dead dawg yet. They could put lots of heads in sand and red faces. Polky Polky and dawgy dawgy may dancy,dancy.

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