Just two short weeks ago, Ole Miss played host to the Vanderbilt Commodores at Swayze field in Oxford, Mississippi. In that series it was all Ole Miss taking two out of three games against Vanderbilt in an exciting college baseball late season matchup. These two program will meet again for a 4th time late on Wednesday night and you can bet that Head Coach Tim Corbin will have his Commodores ready for battle as they look to avenge the series loss two weeks ago.
For Ole Miss, Wednesday nights matchup with Vanderbilt is yet another amazing opportunity to secure a top 16 seed and host a regional next weekend in the NCAA Tournament. Many have the Rebels as apart of that elite group of 16 programs to host a regional, but a win over Vanderbilt would just about lockdown a guaranteed top 16 seed with the discussion then turning to being one of the top eight teams with a chance to host a Super Regional at Swayze. A win over Vanderbilt would also give Ole Miss the prime opportunity to stick around Hoover until the weekend with a shot at an SEC Championship trophy on the line.
For the Vandy boys out of Nashville, Tennessee, things aren’t as serious as they are for their counterparts at Ole Miss. Vanderbilt comes in their first SEC Tournament game with absolutely nothing to lose and only a little bit more pride to gain. Vanderbilt like three other SEC programs have locked down a top eight seed for the NCAA Tournament, which means the Commodores will be one of eight teams to host both a Regional and a Super Regional. With that being said, if there’s anything at all we’ve learned from Head Coach Tim Corbin through the years, it’s that his teams will always be ready to perform at a high level no matter what. It doesn’t matter to this Vanderbilt program if they’ve been selected to play the Dodgers, they’re going to come into every game with the same thought process, no matter the game, the Commodores will treat it like a College World Series. That’s just the program that Tim Corbin has built in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here’s where things could get interesting for both Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, in the rare case that Vanderbilt is ready to get back to Nashville as soon as possible to prepare for their run at another National Championship, Ole Miss could use a win tonight to build an unbelievable amount of momentum heading into the weekend set. In that case, Ole Miss Head Coach Mike Bianco will likely go with unseen lineup to throw at the rest of the tournament to bring another SEC Tournament Championship back to Oxford.
No matter what happens tonight in the late game of the double elimination round, College Baseball fans will be in for a real treat when Ole Miss and Vanderbilt square off at the Hoover Met. First pitch for Ole Miss and Vanderbilt is slated for 8:00 PM central time, and can be viewed on the SEC Network.