For the first time in school history, the Ole Miss Rebels are one win away from a College Baseball National Championship. For the amount of Ole Miss fans who made the trip to Omaha to cheer on their beloved Rebels, Ole Miss delivered a show on Saturday night that will go down as one of the most thrilling opening games in Ole Miss Baseball history.
Ole Miss jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the first three innings before the Sooners slowly chipped away to make it 4-2, heading to the 7th inning. From there, it was all Ole Miss as the Rebels hammered three straight solo home runs to extend their lead to 7-2, heading to the bottom half of the 8th inning. The Sooners scored a run, but it wasn’t enough as the Ole Miss Rebels cruised to an easy 10-3 victory over Oklahoma to position the Rebels to win a National Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Sure, the pitching was solid for the Rebels tonight, but the gamechanger for Ole Miss was the legendary play from the Captain himself, Tim Elko. Tim Elko had four hits on five attempts, with a solo homerun and one RBI. Elko showed the rest of the College Baseball world why he deserves to be called the Captain of Ole Miss.
Behind Elko, Justin Bench, Calvin Harris, and TJ McCants all had home runs of their own over the Sooners to contribute to the game one win for the Ole Miss Rebels.
With the win, Ole Miss needs to win one more game until the Rebels can be called National Champions. That’s it. Just one more win! And the Ole Miss Rebels will be able to join an elite club as a College Baseball National Champion. It won’t be easy for the Rebels. Oklahoma will come out on Sunday with nothing to lose and have their backs against the wall. Yet, Mike Bianco and his Rebels will be ready for anything and everything the Sooners will throw their way on Sunday afternoon in game two of the College World Series Championship series.