Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Are You Ready? Rebels Take On Jacksonville State in NCAA Regional

Chris Ellis  Photo by Andy Knef
Chris Ellis
Photo by Andy Knef

This time of year college baseball fans dream to see their team play in Omaha.
Now that we’ve reached the eve of the NCAA baseball tournament, 64 teams around the country gear up for these next few weeks and a chance to play in the College World Series.
No. 12 Ole Miss (41-18) enters the tournament as the one-seed in the Oxford Regional. The Rebels received a host site after the impressive season they put together winning the SEC western division.
The city of Oxford and Ole Miss are no strangers to hosting a regional or even a super regional in the Coach Mike Bianco era. Even though the Rebels just missed out on being selected as a national seed this year, 2014 marks the sixth time Swayze Field has hosted a regional.
Ole Miss comes in leading the SEC in batting average at .303. They’re fourth in home runs with 36 and third in scoring with 359 runs.
Three Rebels rank in the top five in the SEC in hits: Auston Bousfield (1st – 83), Will Allen (2nd – 80) and Austin Anderson (T5th – 76).
Jacksonville State (33-25) got into this regional by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, which sounds a little odd for an Alabama team, but there’s your geographically confused modern NCAA.
Gamecocks won the Ohio Valley tourney, but they’re from Alabama,

The Gamecocks, as a club, enter the weekend hitting at a .294 clip.
The probable pitching matchup will pair Zachary Flower for Jacksonville State with the Rebels Friday night ace Chris Ellis.
For fans that can’t make it into town on for the game can watch it on ESPN3 or listen to all the action on the Ole Miss Baseball Radio Network.
–Adam Brown, sports editor of