Last season, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State got to Omaha and brought home the state’s first College Baseball National Championship Trophy. Fast forward a year, it all comes down to the Hattiesburg Regional, where Ole Miss and Southern Miss will meet at Pete Taylor Park for all the marbles.
So, how did we get here? How did Ole Miss and Southern Miss get to this point where the entire state of Mississippi will be on edge just waiting and praying that their program finds a way to win three games.
For Ole Miss, they entered the NCAA Tournament as a three-seed in the Coral Gables Regional. Ole Miss scored 31 total runs in three days with wins over the likeness of Miami and Arizona.
Left for dead in Hoover, the Ole Miss Rebels have found their spark and have made their way into the NCAA Tournament as a legitimate College World Series contender.
On the Southern Miss side of things, the Golden Eagles had to play the LSU Tigers three separate times this past weekend to earn a trip into the Super Regional round. Southern Miss started their NCAA Tournament run by beating Army 2-0 on Friday and lost to LSU on Saturday, forcing an elimination game against Kennesaw State on Sunday morning, a game in which; the Golden Eagles won 4-3 in extra innings. Forcing another game with LSU in which the Golden Eagles were victorious on Sunday night, creating the opportunity for a winner take all Championship game with LSU on Monday afternoon.
Monday afternoon for Southern Miss and their fan base was an afternoon that will forever go down as one of the most memorable days in Southern Miss history. The scene as Southern Miss earned the final outs over LSU was nothing short of magical, which begs the thought of what’s to come as the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss get ready to host the Ole Miss Rebels.
From the outside looking in, the Super Regional matchup between Ole Miss and Southern Miss is what College Baseball is all about. This matchup on paper is about as even as it gets. Ole Miss and Southern Miss met twice in the regular season; the two programs split the matchups down the middle.
There’s no doubt what’s so ever, that when these two meet at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, all of College Baseball will be in for a treat of a lifetime as the Golden Eagles and Rebels go to war for a bid to the College World Series on the line.