Rebs head to Coral Gables for Regional

For the sixth straight season and the 14th time overall, Ole Miss is in the NCAA baseball tournament. But for the first time in five seasons, the Rebels aren't playing at home.

Not since the 2003 Regional at Rice has Ole Miss traveled. But today they were announced as the No. 3 seed in Coral Gables, Fla., as the host Miami Hurricanes were announced as the No. 1 seed in the entire tournament. Missouri is the No. 2 seed at the Coral Gables Regional, while Bethune-Cookman is the No. 4 seed.

It's likely the strongest field in the country as all four teams are now considered NCAA Tournament regulars and have resumes' to back them up.

Ole Miss (37-24) will play Missouri (38-19) at 11 a.m. Central time on Friday. Miami (47-8) will play Bethune-Cookman (36-20) at 3 p.m. The entire regional will be shown live on ESPNU.

The Hurricanes received one of the eight national seeds and an automatic bid into the NCAA tourney after earning their first ACC championship with an 8-4 win over Virginia in the league's championship game Sunday in Jacksonville. Bethune-Cookman is also an automatic qualifier from the Mid-Eastern Conference. Missouri (Big 12) and Ole Miss (Southeastern) were awarded at-large bids. The SEC leads all conferences with number of teams in the field with nine, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with six. Conference USA and the Pac-10 have five teams each.

Ticket packages for the Coral Gables Regional are $90 for field box, $70 for chairback, $45 for adult general admission and $35 for youth, seniors and students. Single day tickets for each of the first three days of the regional are priced at $25 for field box, $20 for chairback, $15 for adult general admission and $10 for youth, seniors and students. If necessary, tickets for the fourth day of the regional are $20 for field box, $16 for chairback, $10 for adult general admission and $8 for youth, seniors and students.

To order tickets call 305-284-CANE or 1-800-GO-CANES. The University of Miami ticket office will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Miami has advanced to the College World Series 17 of the 21 years it has hosted a regional. The Hurricanes hold an all-time record of 73-11 (.869) in NCAA Regional play at Mark Light Field.

Ole Miss is coming off a terrific run at the SEC Tournament where the Rebels advanced to the Championship Game. Ole Miss lost to LSU 8-2 in Sunday's game. It was the third time in the past four seasons the Rebels have advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship Game. Ole Miss won the 2006 SEC Tournament.

Ole Miss faced 10 teams that advanced to this year's NCAA Tournament including road trips to TCU, a two-game set with Southern Miss and a pair of home games against Western Kentucky. The Rebels also faced eight teams from the SEC who advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including national seeds Georgia and LSU. Ole Miss went 2-2 against both Georgia and LSU this season.

The Rebels and Missouri have played six times with the teams holding a 3-3 record all-time. The last time the two met was in 1987 with the Rebels taking a three-game series in Oxford two games to one.

***Information from Ole Miss and Miami athletics media relations contributed to this story.

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