By Parrish Alford
An SEC West title for Ole Miss makes the Rebels the No. 2 seed for this week’s SEC baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala.
As one of the top four teams, Ole Miss gets an extra day of rest before getting into action on Wednesday at around 1 p.m. against the Arkansas-Texas A&M winner.
That’s not a bad thing for an Ole Miss team hoping to solidify its case for a top eight NCAA tournament seed which would keep the Rebels at home for not only the regional round but also the super regional, the best-of-three series that precedes the College World Series.
Fifth-seeded Mississippi State begins the tournament in Tuesday’s late game, a single-elimination contest against No. 12 seed Georgia.
If the Bulldogs win Tuesday they advance to the double elimination portion of the tournament. The tournament returns to a single elimination format on Saturday for the semifinals and Sunday for the championship game.
Ole Miss could not meet Mississippi State before Sunday’s title match.
The Rebels and Bulldogs have split four games this season. Ole Miss won the SEC regular season series 2-1 in Starkville. MSU won the Governor’s Trophy game in Pearl, 8-3, which does not count in the SEC standings. Ole Miss and MSU last played in the SEC tournament in 2007, a 3-1 Ole Miss win.
The Rebels could potentially face Vanderbilt, one of the top Eastern Division teams that it did not play in the regular season.
Ole Miss and Vandy could match up in Thursday’s third round during the double elimination portion of the tournament.
The Rebels won series against both Arkansas and Texas A&M during the regular season, twice losing the final game of the weekend.
If it’s an Ole Miss-Texas A&M matchup, it would be two teams who closed the regular season against one another.
It also hasn’t been long since Ole Miss and Arkansas played. The Rebels won twice against the Hogs May 2-4 at Swayze Field.