Greenwood confident moving ahead

I spoke a little with Aaron Greenwood Friday afternoon.

As he was leaving the SEC tournament Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco sounded optimistic that better days were ahead for his bullpen.

A strong point earlier in the season with Greenwood and Tanner Bailey in the primary set-up roles, it struggled near the end of the regular season.

You may have seen me mention that here.

Greenwood, though, has put together two solid back-to-back outings. He did give up a home run at LSU, but it came near the end of a 4.2-inning performance, far and away his longest outing of the year. He finished with three hits and three runs allowed at LSU.

Against Arkansas in the Rebels’ second game in Hoover, he allowed one run over 3.1 innings.

Greenwood has been more successful of late in part, he says, because assistant coach Carl Lafferty has been working with his mechanics in bullpen sessions mostly to shorten his stride.

“My ball was not on a downward tilt. It was up in the zone and easier for hitters to hit,” Greenwood said.

Bianco has maintained that for the bullpen to be all it can be, Greenwood is going to have to find the form he showed through mid-April.

Greenwood says he never lost confidence.
“No, that’s just baseball. No one’s going to throw a perfect game every day. They’ve talked to me and trust me to get the job done.”

The NCAA tournament selection show is Monday at 11 a.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. Ole Miss (37-22) has an RPI of 19 and is a likely 2 seed somewhere.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Florida Rebel

    I think that the Rebels deserve another shot in a Regional some place, but what is a bit scary is that some subordinate teams will slip in thru the back door by winning one of those conference tournaments, We frequently see this happening in college basketball and so it could happen in baseball.Thereby much better teams missing out. This could be the last time we will see Stuart Turner in a Rebel uniform, Mathias, Wahl, Anderson, Mistone and Huber gone. Ole Miss could wind up next as the Florida Gators this season with a line up on Freshmen. Guess the Overbey boys will be back, as Bousfield, orvis, and Jamison. It will be hard to fill that catching job. Next season perhaps a new baseball put in the game and more runs scored and HR,s as well. more offense than this past season. Bats no change. I remember in my baseball playing days we used wood bats and regular baseballs, real spiked shoes,but that was about hundred years back -:) With those spiked shoes the second baseman short stop had battle scars from runners sliding into second base with spikes high as a battering ram. anyway god luck Rebels, I believe you will only need three wins to advance to a Super. JB

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