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NCAA baseball tournament: Arizona to host Ole Miss in Super Regionals

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#HottyToddy is coming to Hi Corbett.

Arizona will host Ole Miss in the Super Regionals of the NCAA Baseball Tournament after the Rebels crushed Southern Miss 12-9 on Monday in the Oxford Regional. Dates and start times are still to be announced, with the best-of-3 series other beginning Friday or Saturday.

Ole Miss (44-20) is making its second consecutive Super Regional appearance, losing in three games at Arkansas in 2019. Its last College World Series bid came in 2014.

The Rebels will bring a pitching staff to Tucson that is one of the tops in the country in striking out batters. They average 12.46 Ks per nine innings, fanning 51 in four regional games including 19 in a 4-3 win Saturday over Florida State in which left-hander Doug Nikhazy struck out 16 in seven innings.

Nikhazy, a junior who is 10-2 with a 2.39 ERA and has 132 Ks in 86.2 innings, also threw 1.1 innings on Monday, while closer Taylor Broadway leads the SEC with 16 saves (including three in the regional) and has 64 Ks in 46.2 innings.

Ole Miss hit five home runs on Monday and have 82 on the season. As a team it hits .289 and averaged 7.2 runs per game. The Rebels have four players with 10 or more homers.

Arizona (43-15) is hosting a Super Regional for the second time in school history. It has only lost one of four previous Super Regional series.

The Wildcats averaged 4,065 fans for its three regional games, including a Hi Corbett postseason-record 5,454 for the Friday opener against Grand Canyon. Ole Miss is likely to bring a healthy traveling party, as the Rebels drew 10,000 or more fans for its first three games at Swayze Field.

UA coach Jay Johnson implored the fans who were still there after Sunday’s regional-clinching 5-2 win over UC Santa Barbara, stopping a postgame TV interview to say “all you people be out here next weekend and bring all your friends!”

The school record for attendance is 8,067, for a 2016 win over ASU. Capacity is 9,500.

“This is the vision, when I came here, of hosting a regional, getting this fanbase excited and energized,” Johnson said Sunday. “We’ve won almost 80 percent of our home games here. The fans, the crowd, that is a really, really big part of that.”

Ticketing information

All-Session Pricing

  • Reserved: $30/ticket

Single-session Pricing (available 9 a.m. PT Thursday)

  • Adult: $20/ticket
  • Groups (15+) and Students: $15/ticket

On-sale timeline

  • Season Ticket Holder window for All-Session Passes: Through 12 p.m. PT Tuesday
  • Wildcat Club window for All-Session Passes: 4-6 p.m. PT Tuesday
  • General Public window for All-Session Passes: 9 a.m. PT Wednesday
  • Single-Session Tickets: 9 a.m. PT Thursday