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Oxford Super Regional: Can the Third Time Be the Charm for Ole Miss?

Published by on June 5, 2009

When the first pitch in the Oxford Super Regional is thrown this afternoon around 1:10 or so, it will mark the Rebels' fourth Super Regional in five years, which is a run of success that few teams across the country can point to.

Unfortunately, the other three have ended poorly for the Rebels. Perennial powers Texas, Miami, and Arizona State have all dispatched the Rebels with different levels of ease over the past few years, causing different levels of heartbreak for the Rebel Nation.

This year looks to be a different story. Instead of facing one of college baseball’s storied franchises, the Rebels will square off against Virginia.

The Cavaliers are a very good team, having the second best winning percentage in the country, as well as the third best ERA. Their pitching staff gave up exactly two runs in last weekend’s Irvine Regional, which is the lowest run total any team has surrendered since the format switched in 1999.

The Cavs also bat at a solid .331 clip and steal a lot of bases—104 on the season.

All that said, I like this matchup for the Rebels. The similarities between the teams, Bleacher Report - College Baseball
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