Tanner Mathis was the Rebels’ hottest hitter last postseason.
After he turned down a chance to join the Houston Astros organization and return to Ole Miss, much of his season was more of a struggle. While he cooled a bit in the SEC tournament, the weeks leading to Hoover were much better for Mathis, who added about 50 points to his average.
There were times he could step to the plate at Swayze Field this season and see a batting average of .220 flash up beside his mug shot on the video board.
Mathis had a career batting average of .345 over his first three seasons. He goes into his final NCAA tournament hitting .268 with six doubles.
He leads the team in walks (33) and in getting hit by a pitch (15). His on-base percentage of .401 is third on the team, just behind Will Jamison’s .405 OBP, but Mathis has almost a hundred more at-bats.
Part of his hitting issues this season had to do with health, an assortment of minor injuries through the year. He’s healthy now and hopeful for a big NCAA tournament.