Ole Miss hasn't even taken the field in the Oxford Regional and it's already gotten a bit of good news. No. 2 seed Tulane was knocked off by No. 3 seed Boston College, 7-2, sending Tulane down into the losers bracket.
If the Rebs can get past Utah on Friday night, they'll meet BC at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday. If they lose to the Utes, they'll play Tulane at 5 p.m.
Not that BC is a pushover three-seed, mind you. Their 13-15 ACC record isn't that impressive, but they've proven their ability to beat top-level teams by taking series from Louisville, Virginia and NC State, all of which are hosting regionals this weekend. Junior righty Mike King, who's expected to take the mound on Saturday, notched wins in two of those three series, as part of a 7-4, 3.11 ERA season. BC's SB Nation blog called King "a two-seam fastball pitcher with a sinker ball" who is "a true groundball pitcher in every sense of the word."
But given Tulane's superior pitching depth, the Rebs are probably happy to see them pick up an early loss. That guarantees the Green Wave will have to play five games to win the double-elimination regional. If Ole Miss can win its first two games, it'll have a one game—and one starting pitcher—advantage against whomever it faces in the regional finals.
The bad news, if we're nitpicking, is that both starters went deep into the game, preserving the bullpens. BC's Adam Dunn showed why he'll be a first rounder in next week's MLB Draft, as he was a beast over 7.0 two-run innings, striking out 11 with just one walk. Tulane ace Emerson Gibbs went 7.0 as well, but got roughed up for two runs apiece in the third and sixth innings.