BASEBALL: Bittle is back

Scott Bittle will be part of the Ole Miss baseball program next season. The deadline for major league teams to sign their draft picks passed at midnight, and the school confirmed that with a release just moments ago.

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco called it a time of “mixed emotions.”

Bittle was outstanding as a relief pitcher in roles both as a closer and long reliever. Whenever it was, things went right when you pushed the “Bittle Button.”

Here’s the release.

— PA

OXFORD — All-American reliever Scott Bittle has decided to return to Ole Miss and compete for the Rebels, the rising senior announced on Friday.

Bittle, who was drafted by the New York Yankees with the
75th overall pick in the 2008 MLB First Year Player Draft
last week, led the nation in strikeouts per 9.0 innings
pitched and is fourth nationally in strikeouts as the
reliever tallied 130 strikeouts on the season. The 130
strikeouts is third all-time on the single season list
behind teammate Lance Lynn and Will Kline, who set the top
two marks during the 2007 season.

“It’s a time of mixed emotions,” said Ole Miss head
coach Mike Bianco. “I know Scott wanted to sign and I’m
disappointed it didn’t work out for him. In the same
regard, we are all excited he is returning for his senior
year. In my opinion, we have the best pitcher in the
Southeastern Conference returning for his senior year.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to return to Ole Miss
and play baseball,” said Bittle. “There is nothing like
pitching in front of Rebel fans, and I am ready to get back
out there and do that for another season.”

The junior led the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts
during the regular season, earning All-SEC Second Team
honors as he also was named a semi-finalist for the Clemens
Award and the Stopper of the Year.

Bittle posted a 7-1 mark on the season, picking up wins in
relief over Mississippi State, No. 6 Vanderbilt, at No. 8
Georgia, Auburn, at No. 20 Kentucky and against No. 12
Missouri to send the Rebels to the NCAA Coral Gables
Regional Championship game. In the win over Missouri, Bittle
struck out a career-high 12 batters in 4.1 innings pitched
and accounted for all 13 outs in his time on the mound.

Bittle also posted eight saves on the season, including
preserving Rebel victories over Southern Miss, LSU, at No.
10 South Carolina, Arkansas and No. 6 Georgia in the SEC
Tournament.

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One Response to “BASEBALL: Bittle is back”

  1. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Praise The Lord, Praise The Lord!!!! Scott Bittle is back, that is great news. Thanks PA for the posting.

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