OXFORD, Miss. - While the Ole Miss Baseball team won't hit the diamond to compete for a championship until next February, the Rebels will hit field to compete for a different set of bragging rights this week with the 2010 edition of the Red-Blue World Series/Pizza Bowl.
Wednesday, the Red and Blue teams will face off in the first game of a best-of-three series to determine the winner of the annual fall event for the Rebels. All games will be played at Oxford-University Stadium and fans are welcome to come out for the event. Admission is free.
The squad will be divided into two teams and will face off at 3:00 p.m. all three days.
While there are a lot of new faces on the diamond this season who will be experiencing the Red-Blue World Series for the first time, leading the two squads are a pair of savvy veterans who have been through their share of fall contests.
Managing the Red team this season is senior outfielder Matt Smith, while junior right-hander David Goforth will manage the Blue team.
"It's a fun time," Smith said. "Since we started, the Red team has gotten their butts beat every time. This is a good opportunity for us to show we can take control and get things done. I feel we have the better pitching staff and I think we'll win in two games."
"Ever since I've been here, the coaches have selected who they think they'll win and Coach Bianco has picked his team and they've lost," Goforth said. "This year he picked the Red team, so it doesn't look too good for them.
"It's our last time out together in intra-squads and it's competitive. We're gonna hit the field and try to kick their butts. I think we clearly have a better pitching staff, though they may have the edge in hitters. But I feel like we have a staff that can hold them down and get us the wins."
The Rebels take the field to open the 2011 campaign on Friday, Feb. 18 against Wright State at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field.
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