There will be no national seed for the Ole Miss baseball team. The NCAA announced the eight national seeds on Monday -- along with the complete 64-team field and regional groups for the 2014 college baseball tournament -- and Oxford was not on the list.
As we predicted, LSU nabbed the final spot on the backs of an SEC Tournament championship run.
The national seeds are as follows:
- Oregon State
- Florida State
SB Nation has the entire field of 64 listed here.
The regional group
Nevertheless, postseason play returns to Oxford for the first time in five years. The Rebs will host a regional at Swayze beginning this Friday (May 30).
Here's the Oxford regional group:
|Seed||School||Conf. record||Overall record||National rank||RPI|
|1||Ole Miss||19-11 SEC||41-18||14||13|
|3||Georgia Tech||14-16 ACC||36-25||NA||32|
|4||Jacksonville State||18-12 Ohio Valley||36-25||NA||92|
Yea, THAT Jacksonville State. God help us.
The Rebs didn't get a national seed, but that doesn't mean they can't host a super regional. They've been paired with Louisiana-Lafayette, which is about as good a regional pairing as could be hoped for. If the Ragin' Cajuns don't make it out of their regional and the Rebs win theirs, the super swings back to Oxford.
Something to watch: Mississippi State is the No. 2 seed in Lafayette. That creates the potential for an Ole Miss-State super regional in Oxford, in which case
HIDE YA KIDS HIDE YA WIFE
So you're looking for tickets?
Tickets for the regional are already on sale over at the athletics site. Season ticket holders are getting first dibs. If you're a season ticket holder and you get your order in by Wednesday, you can even claim your same seats.
Right now they're just selling weekend passes that get you into all of the games, with general admission passes starting at $60. Individual game tickets will go on sale on Thursday with general admission starting at $15 ($10 for students).
See ya at Swayze
The Diamond Rebs came into this season with low fan expectations. In our baseball season preview, Ghost wrote about what it would take to get Rebel fans to fully support this program under Mike Bianco the way we have in years past. He argued that...
With Bianco's program not hosting a regional since the 2009 season, rumblings of "Omaha or bust" are beginning to surface. Perhaps that's a bit much, but "host a regional in the stadium that we more-or-less built for the explicit purpose of hosting NCAA baseball events -- or bust" is not too much at all, I would argue.
That was the argument we were making at the time at least, and, well, here we are. We're hosting postseason baseball in Oxford again.
We have a ton of coverage lined up this week, so stay tuned for schedules, previews, some stuff about the Washington right fielder's mother and a whole lot more. Hotty Toddy, and we'll see you at Swayze.