Ole Miss baseball is one win away from the super regionals.
The Diamond Rebels eked out an excruciatingly close game against Washington on Sunday afternoon to pencil themselves into the regional championship game at 2 p.m. CT on Monday. The Huskies bounced back from the loss to beat Georgia Tech, 4-2, in the late game, setting up a rematch.
Because Washington already has one loss, they'll have to beat the Rebs twice on Monday. If they manage to win the first game, a do-or-die Game 7 will be played at 8 p.m.
UPDATE: The first game will be aired on ESPNU. Both games will stream live online at WatchESPN.
Mike Bianco has already announced it will be Sam Smith on the hill for the the Rebs in the first game. After a long string of quality starts to begin the season, the junior righty has been bad as of late. He's allowed four earned runs in four of his last five starts and coughed up six runs (four earned) over four innings in his last outing, a loss to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament.
Jeremy Massie, Scott Weathersby, Wyatt Short and Josh Laxer are all still available in the Ole Miss bullpen.
The Huskies don't have a solidified No. 4 starter and will be throwing the dreaded TBA. When asked by GoHuskies.com who will take the mound, head coach Lindsay Meggs said "You'll see everybody. We'll run them all out there."
So far in the tournament, Washington has used their top three starting pitchers and three of their bullpen guys. One of the guys out of the pen was Will Barrowe, who has two starts this season and could be a candidate to start on Monday. He breezed through his only inning against Ole Miss on Sunday. Of the available pitchers, Henry Baker has the most starts (five) but has only thrown 16 innings and carries an ERA of 7.31.
The other game to keep your eye on is Mississippi State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs blew a chance to clinch the regional on Sunday and have been pushed to a Game 7. If State and Ole Miss win on Monday, there will be a super regional in Oxford between the two next weekend. If the Ragin' Cajuns win, the Rebs would have to travel to Lafayette, La.