The resolution recognizes both the individual efforts of several players and the combined team effort that led the school to victory.
On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and U.S. Representatives Trent Kelly (R-MS), and Michael Guest (R-MS), announced a resolution celebrating the University of Mississippi’s baseball team for their victory in the Division I college baseball championship.
Senators Wicker, Hyde-Smith introduced the resolution in the Senate on Tuesday. Congressmen Guest, Kelly and Palazzo introduced a companion resolution in the House of Representatives.
Citing the University of Mississippi’s “magical” run through the playoffs to secure the school’s first baseball championship, the resolution recognizes both the individual efforts of several players as well as the combined team effort that led the school to victory.
The University of Mississippi finished its season with a 4-2 win over the University of Oklahoma in the final game of the college championship. The team posted a 10-1 record in the postseason, and 22-year head coach of the team, Mike Bianco, was awarded the National Coach of the Year award by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
“Whereas the University of Mississippi baseball team, under the leadership of Head Coach Bianco, displayed outstanding dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship throughout the 2021–2022 season,” the resolutions states.
The resolution added that the University of Mississippi baseball team has brought “great pride and honor” to the University of Mississippi, loyal fans of the University of Mississippi, and the entire State of Mississippi.
The resolution concluded:
“Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) congratulates the University of Mississippi baseball team, including the athletes, coaching staff, administration, faculty, students, and alumni, for winning the 2022 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I baseball championship;
(2) recognizes the University of Mississippi for its excellence as an institution of higher education; and
(3) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to—
(A) the chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Dr. Glenn Boyce;
(B) the athletic director of the University of Mississippi, Keith Carter; and
(C) the head coach of the University of Mississippi baseball team, Mike Bianco.”
On the Senate floor, Senator Hyde-Smith said that Mississippi’s sports culture is strong and is not to be underestimated. The Mississippi Senator added that the State takes great pride in the legacy and inspiring example of these young athletes and their coaches.”
“Mississippi’s energy has been electric following the win, especially as Ole Miss’ first-ever national baseball championship this year occurred after Pearl River Community College clinched the NJCAA Division II baseball championship in June and after Mississippi State University’s win just last year,” Hyde-Smith said.
On Tuesday, Senator Wicker also gave remarks on the Senate floor congratulating Mississippi baseball teams on their national championships in the 2022 season. Both the University of Mississippi Rebels and Pearl River Community College Wildcats secured national championships in the Division I World Series and Division II Junior College World Series, respectively.
“Senator Hyde-Smith and I are proud and delighted this afternoon to congratulate not one but two Mississippi collegiate baseball teams on becoming national champions for their respective divisions this year,” Wicker said. “And so, Mr. President, I commend the University of Mississippi, Pearl River Community College, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi State University for carrying on Mississippi’s winning tradition.”
Rep. Kelly congratulated the University of Mississippi baseball team for their hard work and dedication.
“Generations of young people will be inspired by their success on the diamond,” Kelly said.
Rep. Palazzo said that the University of Mississippi baseball team’s win in Omaha is a win for all of Mississippi.
“Congratulations to the entire team and to all those who helped them reach this tremendous achievement,” Palazzo said. “First it was Mississippi State, now it’s Ole Miss, next it’ll be Southern Miss’s turn to bring home the World Series trophy!”
Rep. Guest stated that the Ole Miss Rebels made our state proud with a display of incredible talent and sportsmanship on the diamond as they fought to be national champions.
“These young men earned this title and I commend them on an incredible performance that will be remembered for many years to come,” Guest said. “Congratulations to the Ole Miss Rebels, Coach Bianco, and everyone who worked to create a championship team.”
You can read the full resolution below.