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2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Ole Miss Eliminated After 2-1 Loss to Bakersfield

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The Los Angeles Regional produces the first elimination for the SEC. The victim is a team used to losing in the tournament

Robinson and Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after being eliminated in the CWS last year. They didn't get that far this time around
Robinson and Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco after being eliminated in the CWS last year. They didn't get that far this time around
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There's a meme that has come to signify Ole Miss' difficulty in making the College World Series, something the Rebels have done just once since 1972 despite 15 chances to do so between that year and 2014: "O.M.A.H.A.: Ole Miss At Home Again." The most infamous part of that streak, the seeming inability to win a Super Regional at home, got the meme into the Wikipedia entry on choking in sports.

After a one-year break due to a CWS trip in 2014, O.M.A.H.A. is back again. The Rebels lost to Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1, on Saturday to become the first SEC team eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament, and the only conference squad to go two-and-through in the national playoff. (The only other team in danger of doing so, Auburn, won its elimination game against Mercer earlier Saturday.)

It might be worth noting that this was far from a home regional, though. Ole Miss was sent all the way to Los Angeles for its regional -- a distance of more than 1,500 miles.

As for the elimination game itself, there were just two run-scoring plays. But the Roadrunners' play was a two-run home run by Soloman Williams, and the Rebels' was a one-run sacrifice fly by Colby Bortles to score Errol Robinson. Other than that, the pitchers did well -- and allowing two runs over seven innings (as Ole Miss starting pitcher Brady Bramlett did) or one run over nine innings (as Bakersfield starting pitcher Hayden Carter did) is nothing to be ashamed of.

With the loss, Ole Miss falls to 30-28 (15-14 SEC). Considering the Rebels at one point lost nine of twelve games in late March and early April, it something of an accomplishment that they made the NCAA field at all. But that probably doesn't do much right now to soothe the pain of being at home again.