BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Head coach Mike Bianco and a group of Ole Miss invited guest attended a reception at Mortens Steakhouse at the Golden Nugget Monday night.
For only the second time ever Ole Miss will play a baseball game on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the first-time in 106 years. Coach Bianco said he and his Rebels can't wait to play in MGM Park.
"Well, its exciting for us to be here, "said Bianco. "The drawback or the reason we haven't been here, there really hadn't been a venue. We've been in Mobile, we've been to New Orleans. We haven't been here to the Gulf Coast. I know the players are excited. I know I'm excited playing in front of a large Ole Miss contingency, in a beautiful stadium. So, we're excited to be down here."
Tim Bennett of Overtime Sports who helped get the Rebels to play on the coast said, "Having the support of coaches like Mike Bianco coming down and Ole Miss, that organization with all its great history, I think it's a great day for Mississippi and this is what we talked about doing."
Ole Miss and Nicholls State have players on their rosters. Former St. Stanislaus High School pitcher Greer Holston is a freshman on the Ole Miss baseball team. Former Gulfport Admirals outfielder Justin Holt and George County pitcher Daniel Goff play for the Colonels.
Ole Miss has posted 11 wins and 5 losses and will try to win on a neutral site for the first-time this season. The Rebels dropped all three games at the big baseball classic in Houston last weekend, but bounced back to sweep Furman this past weekend.
Nicholls State brings 9 wins and 6 losses to the coast. The Colonels beat 13th ranked UL-Lafayette 3-1 earlier this season. They aren't afraid to play major baseball programs and the Rebels will present a tough challenge Tuesday night.
Tickets are still available and range from $8.50-$26.
The forecast calls for temperatures in the 40's and I can tell you from previous games at MGM Park on windy nights in the 40's, wear an overcoat.