1. Ole Miss
2. Tennessee Tech
3. Missouri State
4. Saint Louis
National Seeding: Ole Miss is the #4 national seed behind Florida, Stanford, and Oregon State.
Player to Watch: Ryan Rolison. The Ole Miss ace would usually be a boring pick for “player to watch” but his story is unique. He came into the SEC title game in relief and threw 2 innings. It will be interesting to see how he responds after his first relief outing of the season.
Top 3 Themes in This Regional:
1. Will Ole Miss Start Slow? Coming off just the third SEC title in school history, will the Rebs be lethargic in game one? Last year, LSU let Texas Southern jump out to a 3-0 at the Box before rallying for a 15-7 win. Could the same slow start happen to OM?
2. Will OM Stay Hot? The Rebels have won 11 of 13 since May 5th including 6 wins over top 15 RPI programs. They are the hottest team in the SEC right now and went from a host site to #4 overall.
3. What’s the Strategy For Dealing With Tennessee Tech? The Golden Eagles lead the nation with 128 homers this season – 34 more than second-place Clemson. They slug .602 and have 7 guys in their lineup with 10 or more homeruns. How will an adequate, but certainly not dominant, Ole Miss pitching staff handle this Tech line-up? This is the most intriguing potential second-round game in the Tournament for me.
Ole Miss’s Chances To Win It: High. Probably 90%. Tennessee Tech can mash but the Landsharks should be too much to handle.
Why Ole Miss Will Win It: The Rebs are playing better than almost everyone in the country. They can hit the ball, manufacture runs, pitch well enough, and besides SS Grae Kessinger, are almost all healthy.
What is Success for OM? Omaha. The 2014 trip to Omaha is the only one the Rebels have made since 1972. 2018 needs to be added to that list for Rebel fans to be happy. They’ve drawn a good regional and will have a very winnable Super at home (matched up with the Austin Regional).
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