Ole Miss is heading to LA. The Rebs pulled one hell of a draw for the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tourney, landing with No. 1 overall seed UCLA in a regional that also has B1G runner-up Maryland and Cal State Bakersfield.
Ole Miss (30-26) will face off with Maryland (39-21) on Friday evening. The Terps made it all the way to the championship game of the Big-10 conference tournament before falling to Michigan 4-3 on Sunday.
Maryland is led by redshirt sophomore Brandon Lowe. The star infielder boasts a .342 average that includes 17 doubles, 9 home runs, and 52 RBIs. The Terrapins have some additional pop in the lineup as they have 6 players who have hit 5 or more home runs on the season, including 11 by the third baseman Jose Cuas.
The Rebel hitters are going to have their hands full of they see Maryland's sophomore RHP Mike Shawaryn. He's 12-2 on the season with a 1.65 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .204 off him and he's tallied 124 strikeouts to just 23 walks in 103.1 innings pitched.
All games of the regional will be played at Jackie Robinson Stadium (capacity 1,820). Although not technically on the campus of UCLA, the stadium has been the home of the Bruins since it opened in 1981.
The top-seeded Bruins (42-14) and CSU Bakersfield (36-22-1) will play on the opposite end of the bracket in this four-team, double elimination format.
Here's how the rest of the Rebels end of the bracket looks:
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