May 29-June 1 Oxford, Miss.
Game 1: #3 Western Kentucky (39-18) vs. #2 Missouri (34-25), 3PM CST
Game 2: #4 Monmouth (32-23) vs. #1 Mississippi (40-17)*, 7 PM CST.
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 PM
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 PM
Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 winner, 1 PM
Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 PM
Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser (if first loss), 7 PM
TV Coverage: Still undetermined/unannounced
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Oxford Regional Central: Ticket information, schedules, weather, visitor's guide
Official NCAA 2009 Oxford Regional Manual (pdf): More detailed information than you could possibly want or need (unless you're a representative of a participating team):
■ Delays because of long games or weather will mean adjustment in the above schedule will have to be made. The times will stay relative to the game starting time. There will be a minimum of 50 minutes between each game
■ The home team will occupy the third base dugout for all games
■ Determination of Home Team
For first round games, the highest seeded team shall be designated as the home team. In subsequent games, the home team shall be determined according to a formula applied by the games committee. In determining which of two teams in any■ The 12 run rule shall not be used for regionals or super regionals.
game will be the home team, the games committee uses the following guidelines:
• The institution that has been the home team the fewer number of times in that particular tournament shall be designated the home team.
• If the two teams are equal in this respect but unequal in the number of times they were the visitor, then the team that has been the visitor more often will be designated the home team.
If the two teams are equal in the number of times that they have been home and visitor, the games committee or the NCAA game representative shall observe the following procedures in the order stated:
1. If the two teams have met previously in that particular tournament, the visitor in the previous game shall be the home team in the game in question.
2. The team that was visitor in its preceding game shall be the home team, unless both teams were visitors in their preceding games.
3. If the above procedures do not resolve the matter, the home team shall be determined by a coin toss. The coin toss will be held on the field immediately after the game that causes the situation to develop and both coaches are to be in attendance.
■ Mizzou's hotel for the tournament: Holiday In Express, 112 Heritage Dr.
Coming Thursday at SimmonsField.com: Notes, Quotes, Links and Laughs on OleMiss, Western Kentucky and Monmouth.
Oxford Regional Previews & Predictions:
■ Tigers headed to Mississippi (PowerMizzou.com):
Missouri will play at Swayze Field which can hold close to 3,000 people and gives the Rebels a big home-field advantage. Ole Miss finished the year at 40-17 and won the regular season SEC title. They were eliminated from the SEC Tournament after losses to Georgia and Florida. Even though the Rebels have an impressive resume, catcher Trevor Coleman said Missouri is taking it one game at a time. "We can't look at Ole Miss," he said. "There are 64 of the best teams in the country, and any one of those 64 teams can beat any of the other ones at any given time. We're not about to look past Western Kentucky."■ Putting it behind them (Columbia Tribune):
The Tigers faced the Rebels twice last season in the Coral Gables, Fla., Regional. Missouri won 7-0 in the opening game but was eliminated with a 9-6 loss two days later. Logan Power, whose eighth-inning grand slam defeated the Tigers in the elimination round, is hitting .314 with a team-high 52 RBI. The Rebels have nine players hitting better than .300.
“We played them last year, so we know what to expect from them,” Missouri junior Aaron Senne said. “I remember they hit well.”
They pitched well, too. Though ace Lance Lynn was drafted, reliever Scott Bittle is back. Bittle, who developed a pitch that’s a cross between a slider and a cut fastball, struck out 12 Tigers in 41/3 innings last year. This season, the senior right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 452/3 innings.
■ Oxford Regional Capsules (Clarion Ledger)
• MU comes into the regional with some momentum after making the Big 12 Tournament finals before losing to Texas. The Tigers don't have a lot of stars
outside of Gibson, but are good at finding ways to win. Missouri and UM are in the same regional for the second year in a row, with the two teams splitting two games last season.
• Western Kentucky: Though a No. 3 seed, this is a very dangerous team from an underrated conference. If the bats get hot, it could be hard to slow down the Hilltoppers. Ole Miss knows that WKU can be a spoiler after losing to the Toppers 1-0 in the opening round of the 2004 NCAA Regional in Oxford
• Monmouth certainly has some momentum after scoring 35 runs in three games to win the Northeast Conference Tournament.
■ Boyd's World has statistical probabilities for the Tournament field of 64, based on ISR.
Mizzou has a 20% probability of winning the Regional, a 5.8% probability of winning a Super Regional, 0.4% of reaching the final championship series at the College World Series, and 0.1% of winning the CWS. That puts MU tied with 10 other teams for 23rd most likely to win it all.And in non-Regional related news:
■ USA Baseball announces 30 semi-finalists for 2009 Golden Spikes Award: Kyle Gibson is among the semi-finalists.