College baseball tournament projections: Ole Miss a national seed heading into SEC Tournament

Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ole Miss is in line to be a national seed when the NCAA Tournament field is unveiled in less than a week.

Fresh off a series win over Alabama that clinched their first SEC Western Division championship since 2014, the Rebels are a consensus top-8 seed in the latest tournament projections. Baseball America predicts Ole Miss (42-14) as the No. 6 overall seed while has the Rebels as the No. 7 seed heading into this week’s conference tournaments.

National seeds would host a super regional if they win their respective regionals.

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Ole Miss will open the SEC Tournament in the double-elimination portion of the bracket Wednesday at 1 p.m. against the winner of today’s game between No. 24 Auburn and Kentucky. The Rebels enter the tournament with 18 league wins but may need more one or two more in Hoover to lock it up. Only one SEC team since 2002 has earned a national seed with fewer than 20 league wins counting the conference tournament.

Ole Miss starts the week at No. 9 in the RPI rankings with a 16-11 record against the RPI top 50, including nine top-25 wins.

“I know we need to go to Hoover and play well,” catcher Nick Fortes said. “I don’t know if there’s a certain amount of games we need to win, but we’re going to go out there and play our best baseball no matter what. No matter how many games we need to win, we’re going to go out there and try to win as many as we can, try to make it to the championship and bring it home.”

The 16 regional hosts will be announced Sunday at approximately 7:30 p.m. before the rest of the tournament field is unveiled Monday.