Ole Miss is back on the road for an NCAA regional. The Rebels have never advanced from a regional at someone else’s place.
They came very close to do that last year at Texas A&M after winning the first two games, including knocking off the top-seeded Aggies before a raucous crowd of fans, arms inter-locked and swaying at the new Blue Bell Park.
They were unable to close with one more win, and move on to a super regional at UCLA.
The experience of winning two games at TExas A&M is not as important as simply the experience of playing in a regional, says Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.
Ole Miss is playing in a regional for the 11th time in 13 seasons under Bianco. He says, though, that just one season to miss the tournament — 2011 — left his squad with far less postseason experience than he realized until he started looking around at College Station last year.
Ole Miss, a 2 seed, will play 3 seed William and Mary at 1 p.m. central time on Friday.
Bianco hasn’t said who he will pitch in Game 1. NC State will hold its ace until the second round. That’s 6-3 left-hander Carlos Rodon (8-2, 3.48).
“Don’t know what we’re going to do. Do you throw Bobby against William and Mary, or do you hold him one day. I don’t know. Once we get more information and look at some lineups, we’ll probably make a decision in the next 24 hours or so.”