We’re about 40 minutes from first pitch at Swayze Field in an Oxford Regional elimination game between Tulane and Ole Miss.
The Rebels lost to Utah 6-5 in extras before a crowd of 10,166 last night. They weren’t all here at the end, some having been chased away by rain. They were all here and played a role when Ole Miss went up 5-2 in the fifth.
Swayze Field and its atmosphere have a great reputation, and it’s always neat to see visiting players at regionals get out there phones take video of the stadium. Saw a lot of that Thursday on the practice day.
However, the 10,000-plus crowd hasn’t turned out to be the big advantage that you might think.
Last night’s crowd was the sixth-largest in stadium history, but it was Utah that made the plays at the end to advance.
Ole Miss lists 13 Swayze Field crowds in excess of 10,000 fans. The Rebels are 7-6 in those games.
The largest is still 11,729 for Alabama on April 13, 2013, a 5-2 Ole Miss win.
The Rebels had lost 2-1 to Vanderbilt the week prior, the 10,851 fans setting a record at that time.