Ole Miss will travel to Tucson to face Arizona in the Super Regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament at Hi Corbett this weekend starting Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
The second game Saturday will start at 7 p.m. (ESPN2) and a Game 3 if necessary will be Sunday 6 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU).
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 8, 2021
This marks the seventh time in school history that Ole Miss has advanced to Super Regionals. Arizona (43-15) will be in the Super Regionals for the fifth time, the first since 2016. The Wildcats previously were in 12 regional brackets that determined College World Series participants.
The Rebels and Wildcats have never played in Tucson.
Thanks for the memories, Swayze. But we’ve gotta hit the road. 🔛 pic.twitter.com/4SAp5QqlTm
— Ole Miss Baseball (@OleMissBSB) June 7, 2021
Arizona beat Ole Miss 7-3 in the 1956 College World Series at Omaha, Neb., before eventually losing in the championship to Minnesota and future coach Jerry Kindall.
The Rebels beat Arizona 5-4 in 17 innings in the Ole Miss Invitational in 2001. The Wildcats struck out a program-record 21 times in that game.
Ole Miss (44-20) captured the Oxford (Miss.) Regional title with a 12-9 win over Southern Miss on Monday to earn a spot in the Super Regionals.
They held on after leading 9-0 after the first two innings. The teams combined for 11 home runs, five of them by Ole Miss. Ole Miss senior designated hitter Tim Elko hit two home runs, including his second grand slam of the Oxford Regional.
The Golden Eagles cut Ole Miss’ lead to three runs in the fifth behind three home runs.
All-SEC and All-America left-hander Doug Nikhazy allowed two runs on two solo home runs in 1 1/3 innings after he threw 119 pitches Saturday. Closer Taylor Broadway followed Nikhazy shutting out Southern Miss in the eighth and ninth innings to notch his third save of the regional and school-record 16th save of the season.
Ole Miss got home runs by Elko, second baseman Peyton Chatagnier, third baseman Justin Bench and first baseman Calvin Harris.
The start of the game was delayed for 2 1/2 hours because of rain. Lightning halted the game in the bottom of the second inning for about 50 minutes.
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