The Ole Miss baseball team will play 21 games against teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last season, including five games against teams that advanced to the 2014 College World Series, head coach Mike Bianco announced Wednesday.
The Rebels will play a grueling 56-game schedule in 2015, featuring 21 games (37.5 percent) against teams with an RPI inside the top 30 last season. Of the Rebels’ 56 games, 31 will be hosted at beautiful Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, where the Rebels went 27-7 last season and won the NCAA Oxford Regional.
The road schedule will be particularly challenging, as Ole Miss will play 11 of its 26 road games (42.3 percent) against NCAA Tournament teams from 2014, including a three-game series at defending NCAA Champion Vanderbilt (April 10-12).
“We’re really excited about this schedule and how it can prepare us for the always rigorous SEC slate,” Bianco said. “We face a number of teams with high RPIs from a year ago, and nearly half of our road games are against NCAA Tournament teams. That will be great competition for our team and we’re looking forward to taking it on.”
Ole Miss had a fantastic year last season, going 48-21, winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division Championship, hosting a regional and advancing all the way to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, where it was one of the final four teams remaining.
In addition to competing in the premier conference in all of college baseball, Ole Miss will face a non-conference schedule this year highlighted by a two-game road trip at Louisville (March 10-11), which last season hosted an NCAA Regional and Super Regional, and competed in the College World Series.
Ole Miss opens the season with its first eight games at home. The Rebels will face William & Mary (Feb. 13-15), Arkansas State (Feb. 17), Wright State (Feb. 20-22) and Central Arkansas (Feb. 25) to start the year. Following road games against UCF (Feb. 27-March 1) and Southern Miss (March 4), Ole Miss will play its final non-conference weekend series March 6-8 when it hosts Stetson for a three-game series.
After the Rebels’ two-game, mid-week series at Louisville, they will open SEC play by heading south to face LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 13-15). Ole Miss will also play conference road series at Arkansas (March 27-29), Vanderbilt (April 10-12), Auburn (April 17-19) and Missouri (May 1-3).
Ole Miss will host five SEC series, beginning with Florida (March 20-22), and followed by Tennessee (April 3-5), Alabama (April 24-26), Mississippi State (May 8-10) and Texas A&M (May 14-16).
During the arduous SEC slate, Ole Miss will have five non-conference midweek tilts at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (March 18), UAB (March 24-25), UT-Martin (April 15) and Memphis (April 22). Ole Miss will also have four non-conference midweek games outside of Oxford against Memphis (March 31 at AutoZone Park), Southern Miss (April 7 in Pearl, Mississippi), Mississippi State in the Governor’s Cup (April 28 in Pearl) and Arkansas State (May 12).
The SEC Tournament will once again be held in Hoover, Alabama, at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium from May 19-24. It is the 18th straight year the premier conference tournament has been held at The Hoover Met.
The Rebels return 20 players from last season’s team and welcome in 18 newcomers, including 12 freshmen and six transfers.
It was the 12th time in 14 seasons under Bianco the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Tournament, which is the most postseason appearances by a head coach in school history, and is one of the best active stretches of NCAA postseason participation by any program in the country.
Season Tickets on Sale Saturday
The Ole Miss Ticket Office is accepting season ticket renewals and new season ticket orders for the 2015 Ole Miss baseball season beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. Fans may purchase single-game tickets beginning in February.
For more information on Ole Miss baseball tickets, please contact the ticket office at (662) 915-7167, or go to OleMissTix.com.
2015 Season Tickets $150 – Reserved Seating $100 – General Admission
2015 Single-Game Tickets General Admission, Youth and Seniors: $10 – Conference Games $5 – Non-Conference Games * Children under 12 months are admitted free of charge.
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Click here to see the 2015 schedule.
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