Oxford Regional set; Rebels could see Bulldogs next round

NCAA LogoBy John Davis and Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

The Oxford Regional is set, and the Ole Miss Rebels know who will be coming to Oxford this weekend in the first stage of the NCAA Baseball Regionals.

The Rebels, winners of the Southeastern Conference Western Division and 41 games overall, will play Jacksonsville State (36-25) in the regional opener on Friday night at Oxford-University Stadium. Also coming to Oxford are Washington (39-15-1) of the Pac 12 and the ACC’s Georgia Tech (36-25).

This is the second time the Huskies are coming to Oxford, having visited in 2004. Ole Miss was in a position to be one of eight national seeds, which means a super regional at home June 5-8, if three wins were accomplished this weekend.

Ole Miss is paired with Louisiana-Lafayette, the No. 6 national seed in the super regionals. Mississippi State is a possible opponent in the super regionals. The Bulldogs were sent to Lafayette by the NCAA committee today.

If the Bulldogs are able to upset the Ragin’ Cajuns, and Ole Miss wins, then the Bulldogs would visit Oxford.

MSU is the No. 2 seed and will take on third-seeded San Diego State at 1 p.m. Friday. Jackson State will be the fourth-seed in the regional along with host Louisiana-Lafayette.

MSU is 92-74 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 68-39 in NCAA regionals. The Bullogs have claimed 11 regional titles, including last year’s Starkville Regional victory en route to the College World Series.

State has never faced any of the three opponents at the Lafayette Regional in the postseason.

Friday will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Aztecs. Mississippi State is 1-1 against Louisiana-Lafayette (then known as Southwestern Louisiana) in 1991 and 50-8 versus Jackson State.