Hotty Toddy: Ole Miss Will Play For A National Championship After Defeating Arkansas 2-0

Omaha, NE- Fans in Omaha couldn't have asked for a better day for baseball, with Arkansas and Ole Miss battling for a spot on the National Championship series. But for the Razorback offense, it was hard to get any momentum off Dylan DeLucia, who led the Rebels to the 2-0 win and opportunity to play for a title.

Ole Miss will play in the College World Series finals for the first time in program history. So much for firing Mike Bianco about a month ago. Ole Miss could also bring the State of Mississippi consecutive baseball titles, after the Bulldogs won it all last season.

It was a pitchers duel between Connor Noland and Dylan DeLucia through the 3.2 innings, but the Rebels finally got on the board in the 4th, leading 1-0. Kevin Graham had an RBI Single in the 4th, bringing home the first Ole Miss run. In front of a fired of Arkansas crowd, the Rebels kept causing problems on the mound and defensively, giving DeLucia the opportunity to go eight innings. It was Calvin Harris that gave Ole Miss a bit more wiggle room, with the seventh inning RBI. It had become very apparent that Dylan was in the zone, not walking a batter during his entire appearance

This was the type of game that folks in Omaha hoped to see over the previous eight day of the tournament, close games that come down to the final few innings. Well, Arkansas and Ole Miss delivered over the course of 24 hours. Credit Arkansas pitcher Connor Noland for his strong outing, coming off three days rest, throwing eight innings and putting up seven strikeouts, with seven hits.

After all of the back and forth between these pitchers, it came down to the final inning, with Dylan DeLucia telling his team 'I got this' as he finished off the Razorbacks. It was a performance of a lifetime, only giving up four hits, zero walks and seven strikeouts. He had just pitched last Saturday and went a full nine innings on Thursday. Asked postgame what the game plan was for Arkansas, it was all about his teammates.

"Attack the zone, these teammates had unbelievable plays today. I knew I was gonna have to be on my best today.

There was a bit of questioning as to whether Dylan DeLucia would finish off the game in the ninth inning, but when discussing it postgame, he referenced the zeros he saw on the scoreboard.

Asked after the game what he was proud of the most with this Ole Miss team, Mike Bianco pointed to the toughness of this group, especially coming off the lost on Wednesday night.

Ole Miss fans were nervously waiting to see if this team could finish off the impressive run in Omaha, getting them to a National Championship series. After the loss on Wednesday night, fans hit up the local watering hole to calm the nerves, which there were plenty of. It was only after the Rebels took the 2-0 lead that they could actually breathe, knowing anything could happen. A crowd filled with what looked like 60% Razorbacks fans, the fans yelling 'Hotty Toddy' were rewarded for their presence.

Rebels head coach Mike Bianco summed up the game pretty well and didn't need many words.

"The story of the day was Dylan, who had a legendary performance."

So now we get the matchup between two teams that are really feeling themselves at the moment, both playing really good baseball. Oklahoma had the luxury of an extra day off, not having to play today, while the Rebels were forced into an extra game of work. But the Rebels not having to use their bullpen should go a long ways for the National Championship series that will begin on Saturday night.

We had one final SEC game on Thursday afternoon and we now look towards the future on Saturday. It will be Ole Miss and Oklahoma playing for the title.

I hope the City of Omaha is ready, because I can already hear the cars being started in Oxford and all over Oklahoma. We're about to witness a fun matchup this weekend.

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Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series. Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football "Credit Card Scandal" along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.