LOS ANGELES, Calif.- An up-and-down season for the Rebels baseball team, and the last hope for a Mississippi team in college baseball for the 2015 season, comes to an abrupt end. Ole Miss was the lone team from Mississippi to make an NCAA Regional, as Mississippi State had a down year, and Southern Miss just couldn’t get that RPI where it needed to be, so it was known to be a long shot to begin with. However, the Rebels were hoping to create a little magic like they did a year ago when they marched through the Regional, Super Regional, and all the way to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Not much of a fairy tale ending this season, though. Just like in the SEC tournament, the Rebels stay in the big dance was about as short as possible. They drew a tough regional to begin with, in Los Angeles. Even if they had gotten past the Maryland Terrapins and their lights-out pitching, they would’ve had to go on to face the UCLA Bruins, who were the #1 seed in the entire tournament.
But the opportunity to play UCLA never even arose, as the Terrapins and Cal-State Bakersfield would see it that the Rebels were sent packing after two games.
Five seniors played their last game in a Rebel uniform; Sikes Orvis, Scott Weathersby, Austin Knight, Sam Smith, and Scott Ashford.