Ole Miss and Mississippi State chosen as NCAA baseball regional - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ole Miss and Mississippi State chosen as NCAA baseball regional sites

MSU's Jake Mangum at the plate. (Source: WMC Action News 5) MSU's Jake Mangum at the plate. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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A good day for Ole Miss and Mississippi State, as each team is chosen to host an NCAA regional.  

It's the seventh time in program history for Ole Miss, and the 13th for Mississippi State.

Ole Miss holds a 43-17 record heading into the tournament after making a run to the SEC Tournament semifinals in Hoover, Alabama. The Rebels also collected eight victories over top-10 teams throughout the season and finished 18-12 in SEC play.

This is the 14th postseason appearance for the Rebels in head coach Mike Bianco’s 16 years at the helm. All seven times the Rebels have hosted a regional have come under Bianco’s tenure.

The Oxford Regional will begin June 3 at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field and will run through June 5 with play going until June 6 if necessary. The complete regional schedule with game times will be announced Monday.

The Starkville regional is also set to begin Friday, June 3, with a pair of opening round games. Saturday and Sunday will also feature two games each, with an if-necessary game to be played on Monday. 

The 2016 SEC Champions hold a 41-16-1 record going into the NCAA Tournament as one of 16 regional hosts. The Bulldogs’ school-record 21-9 SEC mark helped them claim their first conference title since 1989 and 11th in program history. Led by SEC Coach of the Year John Cohen and SEC Freshman of the Year Jake Mangum, the Bulldogs won nine of their 10 conference series, joining Texas A&M as the only two SEC squads to do so.

The entire NCAA Tournament bracket, including the eight national seeds, will be announced at 11:00 a.m. CT on Monday, May 30 on ESPNU. 

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