Ole Miss Rebels baseball
|Ole Miss Rebels|
|University||University of Mississippi|
|Head Coach||Mike Bianco (13th year)|
|Home Stadium||Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field
|College World Series Appearances|
|1956, 1964, 1969, 1972|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1956, 1964, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1959, 1960, 1964, 1969, 1972, 1977, 2009|
The Ole Miss Rebels baseball team represents the University of Mississippi in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the West division of the Southeastern Conference. They are currently coached by head coach Mike Bianco and assistant coaches Carl Lafferty and Matt Mossberg. They are currently the second most populated team in the nation - an achievement reached by keeping extra utility players on the roster. They play home games at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Ole Miss has played in the College World Series four times, most recently in 1972.
The University of Mississippi has games recorded as early as 1893. What is commonly referred to as the "modern era" is considered to have started in 1947.
Twenty different coaches have led the Ole Miss baseball team, but only six of those have done so during the modern era. Mike Bianco became the latest Ole Miss Rebels baseball head coach in June 2000.
The Rebels club have won six Southeastern Conference championships and have made the NCAA Tournament sixteen times. They have also advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska four times, the last in 1972.
For the first time since 1977, the Rebels won a share of the Southeastern Conference regular season title in 2009, sharing the championship with LSU despite losing to LSU in two of its three games against the Tigers. The Rebels went 0-2 in the SEC tournament. The Rebels were selected to host a regional in Oxford where they defeated Missouri and Western Kentucky, advancing them to the super regional, which they were also selected to host. The Rebels fell to Virginia in the super regional to end their season.1
Ole Miss baseball plays their home games at Oxford-University Stadium/ Swayze Field, a $3.75 million facility that was completed in October, 1988. The first game held there was against Cumberland University on February 19, 1989 in which the Rebels took a doubleheader sweep.
NCAA Baseball Attendance2
|Mayor's Trophy||Jackson, Mississippi|
|Mississippi (14)||Mississippi St. (13)|
|Governor's Cup||Pearl, Mississippi|
|Mississippi (3)||Mississippi St. (4)|
Started in 1980 by then Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Dale Danks, Jr., the Mayor’s Trophy game had been one of the most anticipated match-ups of the Mississippi college baseball season as it featured Ole Miss versus Mississippi State. In the first 25 editions, the game has drawn an average of 4,887 fans per game. The Mayor's Trophy series ended after the 2006 match-up and was replaced by The Governor's Cup.
With a 1–0 win in 2006 over the #9-ranked Bulldogs, the first shutout ever in the 27-year history of the Mayor's Trophy series, the Rebels took the lead 14–13 in the non-conference series between the teams. That win gave Ole Miss the lead for the first and final time in the Mayor’s Trophy all-time series.
With the 2007 season, the non-conference meeting between the two teams moved to Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi - which is the home to the Mississippi Braves - and was begun anew as the two teams competed for the Governor’s Cup for the first time.
- 2007 - As was the case with the Mayor’s Trophy game, the two teams alternate serving as the designated home team. Ole Miss, ranked #19, was the home team in the inaugural game on April 17, 2007. Mississippi State, ranked #15, won the game 14-9.
- 2008 - The unranked Bulldogs won again, 6-5, in 2008 in front of a Governor's Cup record 7,862 fans, taking a 2-0 lead in the Governor's Cup series over the #16 ranked Rebels.
- 2009 - The 17th ranked Ole Miss Rebels took their first Governor's Cup on April 14, 2009 with an 8-1 victory. There was a crowd of 7,458 in attendance as Brett Bukvich recorded a career-high 11 strike-outs in six innings of work as he was named MVP. 7,458 is the 5th largest attendance mark recorded at Trustmark Park.
- 2010 - The 11th ranked Ole Miss Rebels use strong pitching and steady hitting to edge Mississippi State 5-3 for their 2nd consecutive Governor's Cup victory. The MVP was Ole Miss pitcher David Goforth.