BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Ole Miss baseball team makes a rare appearance tonight in Biloxi. The 16th ranked Rebels play Nicholls State Colonels at MGM Park. It's the first meeting between the two schools in 11 years. It's the first Ole Miss baseball game on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 106 years.
Head coach Mike Bianco and a group of Ole Miss invited guests attended a reception Monday night at Morton's Steakhouse inside the Golden Nugget. The last time Ole Miss played baseball on the shores of Mississippi was in 1911.
Coach Bianco says he and his Rebels can't wait to play in MGM Park. "It's 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."
Overtime Sports is just as excited. That's the group coordinating events inside MGM Park. It's top executive is Tim Bennett. "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," said Bennett.
Tickets are still available for the Ole Miss-Nicholls State baseball game. They range in price from $8.50 to $26.
Gametime is at 7:05 p.m.