In the final game of the weekend as we get the 2014 College World Series gets kicked off, we’re treated to a match up between the Ole Miss Rebels of the SEC and the Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC.
All things considered, Virginia being in this position as one of the top eight teams left is a surprise to few. The Cavaliers came into the 2014 season ranked no. 1 in the country, and they took that spot a few times throughout the season.
Here’s a look at Virginia’s path to the College World Series.
Virginia was preseason No. 1 for the first time in program history and lived up to its billing, spending a total of eight weeks atop the rankings over the course of the season. The Cavs lost just one series all season—their regular-season finale at Wake Forest—but have gotten their bats going in the postseason to reach Omaha for the third time since 2009.
Ole Miss, on the other hand, came into the season not ranked at all, but riding the momentum of a strong start, they were able to finish the season as the no. 12 team in the land.
Here’s a look at how the Rebels got to Omaha.
The Rebels got off to a strong start, going 17-2 in preconference play, then went 19-11 in the SEC to capture the West Division crown. After a 1-2 showing in the SEC tournament, Ole Miss allowed just five runs during a 3-0 showing in the Oxford Regional, then went on the road and beat the top-ranked team in the nation in super regionals, dropping the series opener against Louisiana-Lafayette but rallying with two straight victories to reach Omaha for the first time since 1972.
Here’s how you can watch these two battle it out on the diamond on Sunday:
Date: June 15
Start Time: 8 PM ET
Location: Omaha, NE
Stadium: TD Ameritrade Park
Live Stream: WatchESPN app
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