||Ole Miss earns bid to NCAA Los Angeles regional
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) — For the 20th time in program history, the Ole Miss baseball team has earned a berth in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, the organization's selection committee announced, May 25. The Rebels (30-26) received an at-large bid to play at the Los Angeles Regional, May 29-June 1, hosted by UCLA, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
Ole Miss is the No. 2 seed in the regional and will kick off its Road to Omaha against the University of Maryland, the No. 3 seed, on Friday, May 29 from Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch against the Big Ten Conference institution is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as the Ole Miss Radio Network. No. 1 seed Bruins will face No. 4 seed CSU Bakersfield in the other game of the day. The four teams will battle it out in a double-elimination format with the victor earning a spot to a NCAA Super Regional.
"Postseason is always the most exciting time of the season," said head coach Mike Bianco. "We are excited for our guys to start the Road to Omaha."
The Rebels are heading to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in 15 seasons under Bianco. Ole Miss has also made five NCAA Super Regional appearances during the Bianco era. Last year, Ole Miss made its first trip to the College World Series since 1972, finishing third in the nation. The Diamond Rebels won as host of a regional before taking two-of-three from Louisiana Lafayette in a NCAA Super Regional to lock up the trip to Omaha.
Ole Miss enters the tournament with a record of 30-26, having won six of its last eight games while also reaching the 30-win plateau for the 18th straight season. The Rebels faced eight tournament teams during the 2015 regular season, compiling a record of 11-11 against them for the nation's toughest schedule. The Diamond Rebels went 7-6 against top-10 teams this season, including 5-4 versus No. 1 ranked teams with series wins over No. 1 Florida and No. 1 Vanderbilt.