After a few weeks of number crunching and hand wringing, the math is pretty simple for the Ole Miss baseball team on Tuesday night: win and you're in. The Rebs can guarantee themselves a winning record -- and, in effect, a trip to college baseball's Big Dance -- by beating Arkansas State.
Currently 28-24, a win on Tuesday would ensure that Ole Miss can finish no worse than one game above .500, even if they were to be swept by Texas A&M in the regular season's final weekend and go one-and-done in Hoover. One game above .500 also happens to be the NCAA's cutoff for the national tournament. With an RPI of 33 and the nation's top strength of schedule, a non-winning record is the only thing that could keep the Rebs out.
The Redwolves are 23-26 and second to last in the Sun Belt, but this isn't a guaranteed midweek win. That's because 1) the game's in Jonesboro and 2) the Rebs had to scratch out a tough 2-1 win when they played ASU back in February.
The start is going to Mitchel Babb, who gave up three runs without recording an out against State on Friday. But Mike Bianco said he'll do "whatever it takes to win the game," which, according to Parrish Alford, could mean using Christian Trent or one of the other weekend starters at some point.
The game's at 6:30 p.m. CT. There's no TV or livestream so you'll have to settle for the soothing tones of David Kellum either on the radio or online via Rebelvision.
Go ahead and use this as the open thread.