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Expect Oxford to be bustling this weekend as NCAA Regional action at Oxford-University Stadium begins today.

Ole Miss will welcome three teams to town this weekend as part of the 2019 Oxford baseball regional. 

It is the second year in a row the program has hosted a regional, and the ninth time since Mike Bianco took over as head coach in 2000. 

The Teams

Illinois Fighting Illini (36-19, 15-9) - 

  • This is the program's first NCAAT appearance since 2015. That team won 50 games in addition to compiling a 21-1 conference record.
  • No players on the roster have played in an NCAAT game.
  • Starting pitchers: Andy Fisher (7-1, 2.57 ERA); Ty Weber (4-2, 2.97 ERA); Cyrillo Watson (5-2, 3.65 ERA).
  • The Fighting Illini are 18-15 away from home this season.

Clemson Tigers (34-24, 15-15) - 

  • Made regional 32 of the previous 33 seasons. From 2000 - 2010, Clemson advanced beyond regional play eight times.
  • In a similar end to the season as Ole Miss, the Tigers were rounding off a 3-12 stretch at the end of the first week of May. They finished 6-4. 
  • Starting pitchers: Mat Clark (9-2, 2.84 ERA); Davis Sharpe (6-4, 3.48 ERA). 
  • The Tigers are 12-11 away from home this season.

Jacksonville State (37-21, 22-8) - 

  • The Gamecocks enter the NCAAT winners of 16 of their last 17 contests, including 12 straight. 
  • The last time the program made the NCAAT was in 2014, when they also competed in the Oxford regional.
  • Garrett Farmer is the ace of the pitching staff, and will face the host Rebels on Friday. He is 5-1 with 104 strikeouts to just 12 walks, and an earned run average of 2.24, in 100.2 innings of work this season.
  • JSU is 17-10 away from home this season.

The Schedule

Game 1 (Friday, May 31 - 3 p.m.) - Illinois vs. Clemson (ESPNU)

Game 2 (Friday, May 31 - 7 p.m.) - Jacksonville State vs. Ole Miss (ESPN3)

Game 3 (Saturday, June 1 - TBD) - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser

Game 4 (Saturday, June 1 - TBD) - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

Game 5 (Sunday, June 2 - TBD) - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser

Game 6 (Sunday, June 2 - TBD) - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Game 7 (Monday, June 3 - TBD) - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (If necessary)

Looking Ahead

The Oxford regional is paired with the Fayetteville regional once respective winners move on to the super regional round. Here's how things look over in Arkansas:

#1 Arkansas Razorbacks (41-17, 20-10)

#2 California Golden Bears (32-18, 17-11)

#3 TCU Horned Frogs (32-26, 11-13)

#4 Central Connecticut Blue Devils (30-21, 16-8)

How to follow along

TV: FRIDAY - Illinois vs. Clemson will air on ESPNU | Ole Miss vs. Jacksonville State will air on ESPN3

SATURDAY - MONDAY - TBD

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