Game 2: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4

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Ole Miss desperately needed a win on a Saturday. The Rebels are on the NCAA Tournament bubble, so each remaining game is precious. Through seven innings, it didn't appear like Ole Miss was going to get the win it needed. Ole Miss hung around throughout the game, but it seemed like A&M's hits just found holes when the Aggies needed it while Ole Miss' found gloves. However, things changed for the better in the eighth for the Rebels. A four-run eighth inning pushed the Rebels past the Aggies to even up the series.


Key Moment: It would take just three batters for Ole Miss to erase the A&M lead. Ole Miss was in business quickly in the eighth inning after back-to-back singles from Nick Fortes and Ryan Olenek to open the frame. Things began to shift Ole Miss' way after an A&M pickoff attempt led to Olenek taking second base by sliding around the tag. Tim Rowe bounced a grounder to the shortstop, but it was misplayed. Both runners would score on that grounder to tie it up, but the Rebels weren't stopping with a tie game. After two strikeouts, Grae Kessinger stepped up and delivered. The freshman smoked one into the left-center gap for a double to bring home Rowe and give Ole Miss its first lead. Two batters later, Will Golsan provided Rebel closer Dallas Woolfolk an extra run of insurance with an RBI single. Woolfolk would secure the win for the Rebels in the top of the ninth. 


Player of the Game: Grae Kessinger. Ole Miss needed someone to step up to give the Rebels a much needed win. That player turned out to be Kessinger. With a 2-2 count in a tie game, the freshman produced one of his best swings of the year as he crushed the pitch into the left-center gap. Outside of the late-inning heroics, the Ole Miss shortstop was on base all night as he walked in two other plate appearances. 


Quotable: "It was great," Kessinger said. "You dream about stuff like that, getting the big hit and everybody going crazy. It was a big win for all of us to give us momentum going into tomorrow. Games like this can turn everything around in a heartbeat. Baseball is a great game for that reason. You can struggle for a little bit then come out and play a great game and everything is fixed."

We Meet Again

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As the Ole Miss men's tennis team gets set for its NCAA first round match against UC Santa Barbara Friday, we throw it back to 1997, the first ever meeting between the two schools that kicked off an NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four for the Rebels. That meeting also took place at UCLA.


Back then the top eight teams advanced to the finals site and then the rest of the Final 16 was determined by regionals around the country. The Rebels were the No. 2 overall seed that year, while UC Santa Barbara beat Washington and Pepperdine 4-1 in a regional to set up the round of 16 meeting.


Senior Ricardo Jorge was just a toddler and freshman Tim Sandkaulen wasn't even born yet, when the Rebels downed the Gauchos 4-0 in the Sweet Sixteen in 1997 on their way to the second of four Final Four appearances.


Led by All-Americans Johan Hede, Sebastien DeChaunac and Johan Landsberg at the top of the lineup, the Rebels downed the Gauchos 4-0. After winning the doubles, Ole Miss picked up singles wins from Landsberg at three, Martin Sjoqvist at four and Vikrant Chadha at five.


The Rebels went on to beat seventh-ranked Boise State 4-3 in the quarterfinals with DeChaunac clinching the win at No. 2 singles, setting up a semifinal showdown with Stanford. The Cardinal ended up winning the match 4-2, but the Rebels ended an outstanding year ranked No. 4 in the nation.


"This was another outstanding year for the Ole Miss tennis program," said hall of fame coach Billy Chadwick, following one of the best years in program history. "We won the SEC Tournament as well as the overall SEC Championship, and positioned ourselves for a run at the National Championship."


Twenty years later, Ole Miss and UCSB will face off for the second time Friday at 12 p.m. CT, from the Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts on the UCLA campus. 


The Rebels have won eight of their last nine matches, while the Gauchos come in on a school-record 12-match win streak after capturing the Big West Tournament title to earn the automatic bid.


It's NCAA tennis time!



From the Tennis Court to Dr. Rangel

Five years ago, Gabby Rangel helped lead the Ole Miss women's tennis team to the NCAA Championships and a final national ranking of No. 18. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in economics and international studies.

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This past weekend, Rangel received her doctorate of philosophy in political science, from the University of Kentucky.

Rangel has been serving as a teaching assistant at Kentucky, while working on her doctorate in Comparative Politics with a focus on the Latin American region. She has taught several political science classes to undergraduate students at UK. Rangel earned her master's in political science from the University of Kentucky in 2015.

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Carter Breaks Course Record at Texas Shootout

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By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.com

It was a special day for a Rebel great. Ole Miss Women's Golf alumna Dori Carter tied the lowest round of her career on Friday to break the course record at Las Colinas Country Club and make the cut at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC.

The Valdosta, Georgia native started on the back nine and, beginning with a birdie on 18, reeled off five birdies and an eagle in a six-hole span. She made par on her final four holes to finish with an incredible 8-under par (63) round, a 13-stroke improvement from Round 1 to Round 2 to make her first cut of the 2017 season.

"That's just golf," Carter said. "I struck the ball well yesterday but I didn't get up and down--today I did. When I did miss the green, I got up and down, and then I had some really cool long fringe putt kind of things, putts started to fall, and things became exciting. Today was finally my day."

The result vaulted her to 3-under for the tournament going into Round 3. The Rebel was inside the top 10 when her round concluded, more than 100 positions up from a tie for 116th, where she began the day.

Carter has played well in this event before, tying for sixth in Texas in 2014, which stands as her career-best finish. But she isn't putting any pressure on herself to match that finish. The next two days are all about soaking it in.

"This is a fun tournament for me," Carter said. "I had a really good finish a couple of years ago. This game has been so frustrating lately. I'm tired of it being frustrating, so I'm going to try to find a way to finally enjoy it."

Follow along on LPGA.com.

Shoutout: America's Most Beautiful Campus

Carter spoke with the media after her round and explained why she chose Ole Miss. We agree, Dori (and we're glad you came).

"The second they invited me for a visit and I walked onto that campus, I loved it," Carter said. "That was pretty much a done deal from there. Ole Miss is just absolutely beautiful."

Twitter Reacts to Dori's Round

Final Thoughts From The Tee Box

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Rebels on an Upward Trajectory

The Rebels finished 13th in the always tough SEC Championship but trust all is not lost and the very best is yet to come from these Rebels. Ole Miss entered the SEC Championships as the No. 14 team and closed the weekend in 13th place and ahead of No. 39 Auburn. Additionally, Ole Miss' three-round score of 891 is the best score at the SEC Championships since 2010 and the best score for the Rebels at Greystone since the tournament moved to the course in 2014. Despite the finish, Ole Miss posted its very best scoring average in program history in 2016-17, sporting a 298.47. #GoodThingsOnTheWay 

Thank you Maria and Madisen!

Sunday's final round at the SEC Championship marked the final rounds of the collegiate careers for seniors Maria Toennessen and Madisen Bentley. Toennessen is a four-year letterwinner at Ole Miss while Bentley had donned the navy and red for three seasons. Thank you for laying a solid foundation for our success and much success in your future endeavours. #OnceARebelAlwaysARebel

Ole Miss Golf Is Family

One of the coolest things about Ole Miss golf is that once you're a part of it, you're family. For example, recent graduate Alison Hovatter and her mom, Lou, made the trip to Greystone to see the Rebels in the SEC Championship. Also Coach Henkes' parents, Steve and Caryl "Momma T"  Thompson made the trip to cheer on the Rebels. Additionally, when the Rebels weren't on the course or practicing they were cheering on the Ole Miss men's team who was tearing it up at Sea Island at the men's SEC Championships! #OleMissFamily

Young Guns

The Ole Miss women's golf team is in very capable hands with underclassmen, Pi-Lillebi Hermansson and Martina Flori back on the course next year. Of the Rebels who played in at least seven tournaments this season, they sport the lowest scoring averages with Flori checking in a 74.88 and Hermansson at 75.04. Hermansson's 75.04 scoring average as a freshman is the lowest scoring average for a freshman since Abby Newton posted a 75.93 scoring average her freshman season. Among the highly talented SEC women's golfers, Flori and Hermansson rank as the No. 49 and No. 50 golfers in the league.

Some "Funnies"

-Martina Flori admittedly didn't have her best round of golf on Saturday, but what she failed to tell us was that she was in mourning over the marriage of Rory McIllroy which also took place on Saturday #RoryWasBae

-Monday marked the Rebels' Choice Awards for the Ole Miss Athletic Department and the women's golf team got all dressed up to celebrate the athletic year. As you can tell, we still haven't mastered the art of the perfect picture:)

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Memorable Moments From The 2016-17 Season

-Katy Harris made an 18-ft putt to win medalist honors at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Kiawah Island. 

-Three Rebels posted sub-70 rounds with Martina Flori's round of 67 at the Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational coming in as the lowest single round of the season

-Ole Miss records best scoring average in program history at 298.47

Catch us on the course in 2017-18 ... How Bout Dat???? 

Mock Draft Roundup

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Mock drafts aren't so much an exact science as a game of educated guessing. That becomes even more the case when they're stretched out past the first round, but the mocks can give a sense of how Ole Miss' potential draft picks are viewed. A total of seven Rebels are mentioned in various mock drafts across the internet to be selected this weekend during the NFL Draft.. To no one's surprise, the group is headlined by Evan Engram. He's currently a fringe first round pick because teams are very intrigued by his athleticism and ball skills. 


Evan Engram: No. 22 on Kiper's Big Board. 2nd Round, Pick 3 (NFL.com). 2nd Round, Pick 3 (ESPN McShay & Kiper). 2nd Round, Pick 3 (DraftWire). 2nd Round, Pick 7 (FoxSports). 2nd Round, Pick 23 (CBSSports). ESPN's Todd McShay also listed Engram as his best route runner, the No. 5 best fit for today's NFL, and one of the players with elite intangibles. 


D.J. Jones: No. 151 on Kiper's Big Board. 5th Round, Pick 20 (FoxSports). 6th Round, Pick 5 (NFL.com). 6th Round, Pick 30 (DraftWire). 7th Round, Pick 34 (CBSSports).


Damore'ea Stringfellow: No. 193 on Kiper's Big Board. 7th Round, Pick 15 (DraftWire). 7th Round, Pick 26 (CBSSports) Priority Free Agent (NFL.com)


Chad Kelly: No. 268 on Kiper's Big Board. 6th Round, Pick 11 (NFL.com). 6th Round, Pick 17 (DraftWire). 6th Round, Pick 25 (CBSSports)


Fadol Brown: No. 198 on Kiper's Big Board. Priority Free Agent (NFL.com)


Tony Conner: 7th Round, Pick 12 (DraftWire)


Quincy Adeboyejo: 7th Round, Pick 18 (NFL.com)

Game 3: Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

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Today, that's what Ole Miss' offense did as they outslugged Missouri to win 9-6. The Rebels were gifted with seven walks from the Mizzou pitching staff, and Ole Miss took advantage by hitting .353 with runners on base and .364 with runners in scoring position.The win gave Ole Miss a vital series win against Missouri to keep pace in the SEC with a 9-9 conference record. 


Player of the Game: Nick Fortes. Fortes had been one of Ole Miss' most consistent hitters leading up to this series, but Missouri held him hitless over the first two games. On Sunday, he changed that. He doubled twice in three plate appearance to drive in three runs for the Rebels. 


Key Moment: In the top of the fourth, Missouri chipped away at the Ole Miss lead, cutting the deficit to 4-1. The Rebels stretched that lead back out in the bottom half of the inning by throwing up a five-spot on the scoreboard in response. After singles from Grae Kessinger and Will Golsan, Colby Bortles hammered an 0-1 pitch into the Ole Miss bullpen for a three-run home run. The Rebels weren't finished either. Ryan Olenek and Tim Rowe both singled to bring up Fortes. Fortes would put the cherry on top of the inning with a shot into left field for a double to drive in both runners. Ole Miss took a 9-1 lead into the next inning. Missouri would shrink the lead, but the eight-run cushion Ole Miss created in the fourth was large enough to withstand it for the series win.

From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 2

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As the Ole Miss women's golf team tees it up this weekend at the 2017 SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, OleMissSports.com tagged along to record some of the behind-the-scenes action and each day will bring five observations from the round.

Round Two - Sunday April 22

Back Nine Is Rebel Time

For the second straight day Ole Miss saw some great results on the back nine. Junior Katy Harris (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was 1-under on the back nine with two of her six birdies coming in the final nine holes while freshman Pi-Lillebi Hermansson (Djursholm, Sweden) was also 1-under on the final nine holes with a birdie on No. 14. Senior Maria Toennessen rounded out the Rebels stellar play on the back nine, shooting even par to close the day at 2-over par 74.

Catching Up With Katy Harris (Video)

After her blistering round of 69, OleMissSports.com caught up with junior Katy Harris to talk about her round:

Video Interview 

Note: Shoutout to Coach Drew for starting the Sprinter during the interview AND nice dance moves Marti!

Ole Miss By The Numbers

595 - Ole Miss' two-round score of 595 marks the first time since the 2010 Championship in which the Rebels have fired back-to-back sub-300 rounds. In 2010, the Rebels fired three consecutive rounds under 300 en route to an eighth-place finish.

296 - Ole Miss' first round 296 is the lowest opening round of the SEC Championships for the Rebels since shooting a 284 in 2010. 

69- Katy Harris' second round 69 is the lowest round for an Ole Miss golfer in the SEC Championship since Natalie Gleadall shot a 68 in the second round in the 2011 SEC championship. 

6-For the second consecutive round, Ole Miss has had a player card six birdies. In the first round Martina Flori tallied six birdies while in the second round Katy Harris added six birdies. Through two rounds, Ole Miss has 29 birdies.

Rivalry Time

When one things of Rebel rivals, Mississippi State and LSU come to mind and ironically enough the Rebels were pair with both of them through the first two rounds of the SEC Championship. Ole Miss teed off with LSU to open action in Friday and played with in-state rival Mississippi State on Saturday. In #RivalryWatch, LSU is sitting in eighth place, Ole Miss is in 11th place and Mississippi State is in 12th place entering Sunday's final round. Oh and the Rebels and Bulldogs will be playing together again in Sunday's final round.

Day Two Outfit

The Rebels put on the stripes for Saturdays' round. Ole Miss wore navy stripped racer back tops, with white bottoms and topped it off with a red hat. #Stylish

Geography Time With Katy Harris

Katy Harris is quite the good golfer, as demonstrated by her 69 in today's round, but geography may (or may not) be her strong suit.

Conversation at lunch:

Team: Katy, what are the two states that aren't part of the contiguous United States?

Katy: "I'm going to throw up ... let me think. Okay ... Hawaii

Team: (Clapping) That's one

Katy:  "And ... New York"

Madisen: "What do Hawaii and New York have in common?"

Katy: They are both over there (Points to her left) and New York is an island

Team: New York is not an island

Katy: No wait, its Alaska

Team: YAY

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Note: This is all in good fun, we can't all be good at everything and hey she did fire a 69 today:)

Game 2: Ole Miss 3, Missouri 1

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Today's game was played on a Saturday, but it had the vibe of a Friday night contest between two high-quality arms. Opportunities were limited for both sides, but Ole Miss freshman Ryan Rolison won the showdown against Missouri ace Tanner Houck for Ole Miss to grab the game two victory, 3-1. Despite not finding out he was starting today until 8:30 this morning, the freshman worked six one-hit innings to lead Ole Miss to the game two victory.


Player of the Game: Ryan Rolison. What a gutty performance from the Ole Miss freshman. Moved up a day with David Parkinson being under the weather, Rolison came through for Ole Miss with a spectacular performance in a game Ole Miss really needed to win. Despite struggling at times with finding the strike zone, the freshman struck out a career-high nine batters while limiting Mizzou to just one hit over six strong innings. Rolison allowed 0 hits in the seven at bats where a Missouri batter came to the plate with a runner on base. 


Key Moment: Ole Miss led from the first inning, but a one-run lead isn't the most comfortable. Against potential first rounder Tanner Houck, baserunners were difficult to come by. In the fifth inning, Ole Miss was able to add to the one-run lead with a two-out rally jumpstarted by a walk. Tate Blackman drew a four-pitch walk and advanced to third on a single by Will Golsan. Smart baserunning by Golsan led to him taking second on the throw, giving the Rebels 2nd and 3rd for three-hole batter Colby Bortles. Bortles shot an 0-1 pitch back up the middle to drive in both Rebels and give Ole Miss the 3-0 lead. That would be enough runs for Rolison and the Ole Miss bullpen. Missouri threatened in the ninth, but only could get the one run across for the Ole Miss victory.


Quotable: "(Rolison) had a big fastball today," Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. "In the first couple innings, he struggled to get it down into the zone. Usually when they're up in the first inning, it's not so much overthrowing as adrenaline taking over and mechanics rushing a little bit. He was able to fix that up. He had a dominant fastball. Not many breaking balls, a few curveballs, a few changeups, but a lot of good fastballs today."

From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 1

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As the Ole Miss women's golf team tees it up this weekend at the 2017 SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, OleMissSports.com tagged along to record some of the behind-the-scenes action and each day will bring five observations from the round.

Round One - Friday April 21

Marti With An Impressive Back Nine

Sophomore Martina Flori (Montecatini Terme, Italy) had a bit of a coming out party at the SEC Championship in 2016, shooting a then career-best. Flash forward a year and she still really enjoys Greystone Golf and Country Club. The Italian native shot an even par 72 but her back nine was something to talk about. She tallied four straight birdies to open, a double bogey and a bogey, a par and closed the round with a birdie. In total she posted six birdies on the back nine and even with a double bogey and a bogey was 2-under on the back nine! #Impressive

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What's In YOUR Bag

18 holes is quite a bit of golf for a day and OleMissSports.com imagined that the Ole Miss women's golf team had some things in their golf bags that they couldn't do without. So we asked the Rebels:

"What's one thing in your golf bag that's not a club that you couldn't play a round of golf without?

Madisen Bentley - Food and Water (Keeping it simple and just the necessities)

Maria Toennessen - Pink marker (The Norwegian likes pink and uses it to mark her ball)

Katy Harris - Range Finder (No explanation needed)

Martina Flori - Her secret lucky charm (We have no idea what it is since it's a secret but it's ALWAYS in her bag)

And the best answer of the day came from rookie, Pi Hermansson and it's in the form of a quote

Pi - "I have a grocery store on the right side of the my bag and a pharmacy on the left side" 

Pi With A Good Outing In First SEC Championship

For the sixth straight year, Ole Miss has had a "rookie" in the starting five at the SEC Championship as Pi-Lillebi Hermansson played No. 2 for the Rebels today.  The Djursholm, Sweden native fired an opening round 3-over par 75 in her first round at Greystone Country Club. Her 75 ties senior Maria Toennessen for the second-lowest first round in the SEC Championship for an Ole Miss freshman in the last six seasons.

New Format For 2017

For the 2017 SEC Championships the Rebels played in twosomes instead of threesomes. The SEC coaches decided that this would increase the pace of play on the course. The Rebels teed off at 8 am and played with LSU on the opening day of play. Additionally, everyone teed off from hole No. 1 instead of a combination of hole No. 1 and No. 10 and will do so for the entirety of the championship.

Day One Outfit

To kick off the first day of tournament action, Ole Miss donned gray skirts and red razorback tanks with the Ole Miss script on the front. 

PSA - If you are planning to come out to Greystone to cheer the Rebels on make sure you bring bug spray! The mosquitoes are swarming something FIERCE and they will definitely be all over our sweet Rebel fans! #HottyToddy

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