LAFAYETTE, La. – There was a small contingent of people wearing red and blue near the entrance of M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Most of those waiting to gain entrance to Game 1 of the Lafayette Super Regional on Saturday evening were wearing red, but with white or black or even some gold added to the mix.
For Michael Camponova of Clarksdale, he was made very aware that his choice of clothing wasn’t appreciated.
“When I got out of the car, someone yelled out wrong shirt because of this,” said Camponova, pointing to his Ole Miss logo. “I know one thing, these people down here are crazy. Just driving through, it’s just a football-game atmosphere. They’re tailgating, and I guess we tailgate at baseball games, but our tailgating is inside. They’re crazy, and you got to be on your toes around them.”
Once the stadium filled and the sun finally tucked in for the night, Camponova was expecting the Ragin’ Cajun fans to really get on the Rebels.
“I know we can handle it, because we played in front of 12,000 people and they only have 4,000. I think we handled the pressure at Mississippi State pretty well. Last week’s atmosphere was great and I can’t imagine this any better,” Camponova said.
“But it’s going to be a great atmosphere because these people are serious about their baseball, and they want to win. They could have brought in extra stands and accommodated more people, but I don’t think they wanted any more people here.”
Trey Spillman of Jackson called the facility “not SEC caliber, but it had plenty of parking.”
“Everyone has been nice, a little Southern hospitality so far,” said Spillman, who was still trying to secure a ticket into the game. “I came from Jackson because it’s four times in a row in a super regional, and I think this is our time.”
Curtis Vann, a baseball fan who lives in Baton Rouge, said he was finally able to wear his navy shirt with red Ole Miss script because he lives in the heart of Tiger country. He would have loved to have seen the Rebels host the Bulldogs in Oxford, but gave credit to the Ragin’ Cajuns for rallying and winning out after losing last week’s opener.
“These guys earned it. Had we been able to play at our place, that would have been great, but they earned it, we had to come here. That’s part of the deal,” Vann said. “I’m glad to be here. I didn’t have to drive as far. That’s a good thing.”