OMAHA, Neb. (KXAN) — Don’t let the Rebs get hot.
It was a phrase on a Mississippi fan’s T-shirt the ESPN broadcast showed Saturday during the Men’s College World Series, and apparently, the Oklahoma Sooners didn’t see it.
Ole Miss scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-2 lead, and the Rebels held on to claim the program’s first-ever national championship Sunday at Charles Schwab Field.
Two wild pitches by the Sooners led to runs in the big inning for Ole Miss, along with a Jacob Gonzalez base hit to plate TJ McCants.
It was the Rebels’ 10th win of the postseason, and the only team to beat them was conference rival Arkansas to force a second game for the Bracket 2 championship at the MCWS. The Rebels won the best-of-three series over the Sooners 2-0.
In the first game Saturday, Ole Miss became the first team since Louisiana State in 1998 to hit three consecutive home runs in a MCWS game. McCants, Calvin Harris and Justin Bench each went deep in the eighth inning to put the game on ice for the Rebels. Ole Miss hit four home runs in the game with Tim Elko getting things started with a solo homer in the third inning.
The Rebels, who had to hold off Arkansas for a 2-0 win in a second bracket championship game Thursday, were one of the last at-large teams placed in the regional brackets by the selection committee.
Ole Miss lost its first game of the Southeastern Conference tournament, was 7-14 in SEC play at one point, and finished the regular season with 22 losses. Ending the season with the No. 39 RPI in the country, the Rebels lost just once this postseason.
The Sooners won the Big 12 Conference tournament over Texas and were considered to host the regional round, but the selection committee decided against that.
Here’s a breakdown of the brackets and the complete schedule for this year’s MCWS that runs June 17-27 in Omaha, Nebraska:
Tournament format: Double elimination in bracket play, best-of-three championship series
- No. 9 Texas (0-2)
- Notre Dame (1-2)
- No. 5 Texas A&M (2-2)
- Oklahoma (3-0)
- No. 2 Stanford (0-2)
- Arkansas (3-2)
- Ole Miss (3-1)
- No. 14 Auburn (1-2)
College World Series Championship Series
Saturday, June 25 | 6 p.m. | Ole Miss 10, Oklahoma 3
Sunday, June 26 | 2 p.m. | Ole Miss 4, Oklahoma 2 (Ole Miss wins national championship)
Tournament results, boxscores
Friday, June 17
Game 1: 1 p.m. | Oklahoma 13, No. 5 Texas A&M 8
Game 2: 6 p.m. | Notre Dame 7, No. 9 Texas 3
Saturday, June 18
Game 3: 1 p.m. | Arkansas 17, No. 2 Stanford 2
Game 4: 6 p.m. | Ole Miss 5, No. 14 Auburn 1
Sunday, June 19
Game 5: 1 p.m. | No. 5 Texas A&M 10, No. 9 Texas 2 (Texas eliminated)
Game 6: 6 p.m. | Oklahoma 6, Notre Dame 2
Monday, June 20
Game 7: 1 p.m. | No. 14 Auburn 6, No. 2 Stanford 2 (Stanford eliminated)
Tuesday, June 21
Game 9: 1 p.m. | No. 5 Texas A&M 5, Notre Dame 1 (Notre Dame eliminated)
Game 10: 6 p.m. | Arkansas 11, No. 14 Auburn 1 (Auburn eliminated)
Wednesday, June 22
Game 11: 1 p.m. | Oklahoma 5, No. 5 Texas A&M 1 (Texas A&M eliminated)
Game 12: 6 p.m. | Arkansas 3, Ole Miss 2
Thursday, June 23
Game 13: 3 p.m. | Ole Miss 2, Arkansas 0 (Arkansas eliminated)