When it comes to opening weekend college baseball, there’s nothing that’ll knock the rust off like hosting the nation’s top-ranked team, which is exactly how Ole Miss opened up the 2020 campaign against Louisville.
The 25th ranked Rebels came into Sunday’s rubber match having lost Friday’s opener 7-2 before bouncing back to get the Saturday game 8-6.
Plenty of bright spots following a dramatic 7-6 win for the Rebs, who go into mid-week play riding their first two-game winning streak of the season, thanks to some of the young guns. Ole Miss Head Baseball Coach Mike Bianco said, “I don’t think anybody really knows who we are yet, and really probably including us. I thought this was a good start. Certainly what a great three games, especially the last two. Great, great college baseball games. And I think we got out of it besides the wins, to watch guys perform like we just mentioned, a couple of young guys on the mound, a couple of young guys at the plate. To watch them in this type of environment against a really good team, just really proud of them.”
Pitcher Derek Diamond said, “I think we thought we’d come in here and win a series this weekend, but this just solidifies it that we’re legit. We’re going to be dogs and we’re going to be tough to beat all season.”
The Diamond Rebels play nine straight home games to start the 2020 season. The next one coming tomorrow against Arkansas State at 4 p.m.
And it was a great weekend all around for the Magnolia State, with Ole Miss being the only school out of the big three to lose a game.
Mississippi State won all three against Wright State, while the Southern Miss pitching staff dominated the first two games of its series versus Murray State before pulling off a come-from-behind victory on Sunday.