Ole Miss Wins the 2022 National Championship
OMAHA, Neb. – The last team to make the field of 64 has officially finished on top as #8 Ole Miss claimed the 2022 national baseball championship on Sunday with a 4-2 win over #No.4 Oklahoma at Charles Schwab Field.
The Rebels finished the season 42-23, winning 10 of 11 games during a magical run through the postseason. It is the first baseball national championship in program history.
Delivering 16.2 innings of work across two wins, Dylan DeLucia was named the MVP of the 2022 College World Series. DeLucia was joined on the all-tournament team by Tim Elko, Justin Bench, Calvin Harris, Kevin Graham and Kemp Alderman.
The game was scoreless through the top of the 5th inning as starter Hunter Elliott for Ole Miss and Cade Horton of Oklahoma were pitching effectively for their respective teams. Then came the bottom of the 6th. Just minutes after an obstruction call at first base erased a Sooner run in the top of the inning, a one-out solo home run for Jacob Gonzalez to right center gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
But after Gonzalez’s homer, things got interesting the rest of the way. The Sooners scored two runs with two outs in the 7th and chased Elliott from the game. Before the inning was over, both Mason Nichols and John Gaddis had pitched for the Rebels, and the Sooners led 2-1.
There was no more scoring until the bottom of the 8th when Ole Miss plated three runs to take a two-run lead at 4-2.
With one out, TJ McCants singled up the middle. OU replaced starter Horton with Trevin Michael, and things began to unravel even more for the Sooners.
Justin Bench singled to right field and McCants moved to third. Then, Gonzalez singled through the right side to score McCants and make it 2-2. Gonzalez then advanced to second on a wild pitch and Bench scored for a 3-2 Rebel lead. Elko grounded out and Gonzalez moved to third, scoring moments later on yet another wild pitch. Ole Miss was up by two runs with only three outs left for the Sooners offensively.
Brandon Johnson came in for the top of the 9th to replace Gaddis. Three strikeouts later and the dogpile was on.
Ole Miss managed six hits to only three for Oklahoma. There were no errors in the well-played contest before a crowd announced at 25,972.
Ole Miss will celebrate the 2022 NCAA Baseball National Championship on Wednesday, June 29th, with a parade through The Square that will culminate with an event inside Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
The parade will kick off at 5:15 PM CT. The route will begin at midtown, go past The Graduate on N Lamar, take a full circle around the courthouse, continue down S Lamar, take a right on University and end at the Lyceum.
The parade will include Rebel student-athletes and coaches, athletics and campus administrators, as well as other invited guests and honorees. Once the parade has passed your location, fans are encouraged to make their way to Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field for a Championship Celebration.
Gates at the stadium will open at 5 PM CT. All general bowl seating and left and right field will be general admission. Coolers and chairs will be allowed in left and right field only. No glass or prohibited items will be allowed inside the stadium and all items must be cleared immediately following the event.
The ceremony at Swayze Field will begin at 6 PM and honor head coach Mike Bianco and the 2022 national championship Rebels who took down Oklahoma in Omaha to claim Ole Miss’ first-ever College World Series National Championship. Fans will hear from coaches, student-athletes, team personnel and other special guests.
Free parking will be available on campus (see parking map below for available lots). Restrooms will be available during the event. Concession stands will not be open; however, Water Monsters will be available on the concourse.