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With a doubleheader sweep on the road at Southern Miss on Tuesday, the Ole Miss softball team improved to 6-6 on the season as it comes home to play its first home games of the season at the annual Red and Blue Classic from Friday-Sunday.
"It's tough because we lost a lot of one-run ball games, and if we cleaned up some mistakes in some of those games, or scored some of the runners that we left on base, we would have won some more games," head coach Windy Thees said.
"Overall, if you look at our offense, we're doing really well. We just need to make sure we're scoring the runners when we get on base. Pitching-wise, we're keeping our team in ball games. We need to get the big out with a runner on instead of putting pressure on our defense. Defensively, we have had some great games, but we need to come up with the big play in the infield and outfield. We have made more mistakes this year than I'm used to, but part of that is because we have more drop-ball pitchers and we don't have as my pop-ups or fly balls."
The Rebels are hitting .317 and averaging 4.1 runs per game, led by senior outfielder RT Cantillo and junior third baseman Allison Brown. Cantillo leads the Southeastern Conference with 23 hits on the season, and her team-high batting average of .575 ranks second in the league. Brown is tied for second in the SEC with 16 hits, while her .381 batting average is third on the team.
Through 12 games, Ole Miss has left 88 runners on base, an average of 7.3 per game. Thees said she wants her team to embrace the opportunity and make the great play in situations such as hitting with runners on base.
"Sometimes we're getting some great hits, but we're getting unlucky," Thees said. "A lot of times the kids are putting too much pressure on themselves and not being patient and selective enough to get their pitch early in the count.
"We're working on that. It's early-season excitement, getting in the box, wanting to come through and seeing the game too big, instead of really small, looking for something up and out so I can drive it opposite field to score the runner."
In the circle, Ole Miss has posted a 2.48 ERA with 39 runs scored -- 28 earned -- on 66 hits with 34 walks and 69 strikeouts. Four pitchers have started games for the Rebels.
The most consistent option has been senior right-hander Shelby Jo Fenter, who holds a team-best 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings of work, including a team-high 28 strikeouts. Another right-hander, redshirt freshman Emily Gaitan, is second on the team with a 1.43 ERA in 14.2 innings of work and also leads the team with a .156 opponents' batting average.
"It's nice to have so many options, and they're all four very different pitchers," Thees said. "Part of it is tough because they all need to get more time on the mound, and they're not getting as much as they're used to.
"I like that we can mix pitchers, so I definitely plan on using my whole staff throughout the season. We don't have that staff where we are going to ride one pitcher like some teams do for the whole season."
Ole Miss opens the three-day, five-game tournament Friday against Bowling Green at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, the Rebels play back-to-back games at 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. against Buffalo and Northern Colorado, respectively. Ole Miss will close the tournament Sunday with games against Saint Louis (1:30 p.m.) and UT Martin (3:45 p.m.)
"It's always exciting for our players and for us as a staff to play in front of our friends, our family, Ole Miss and the community we have here," Thees said. "Our girls are very excited to be at home and play on the field that we practice on and that we know so well. Hopefully we can make everyone proud."
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy met with members of the media Thursday, ahead of the Rebels' home game against the No. 2-ranked Florida Gators on Saturday (11 a.m., CBS).
On the team's mindset entering the game against Florida:
I don't know. I know what my mindset is. If I could be a mind-reader, it would certainly help me in my profession. I know this. I know that we have the No. 2-ranked team in the country coming into our building in a couple of days, and my hope is that they will be excited about having that opportunity
On what Martavious Newby brought in Tuesday's game against Kentucky and the difference that he made:
There was a noticeable difference. It's the ability to fight. That's what you want as a coach. You're not always going to win every game. You're not always going to make every shot. Sometimes you can do everything that you're supposed to and still come up short and be out-manned a little bit. You just want to see guys fight.
He brought us great energy, which he normally does. He got balls and kept balls alive. Those 50-50 balls, those possessions that we always talk about, he did a good job of keeping balls alive, fighting, giving us extra possessions and giving us a chance.
On Newby taking a step back offensively because the team needed him as a defensive, scrappy presence:
When we signed him, I described him as a 6-foot-3 version of Murphy (Holloway). He's a position-less guy, but he's always around the ball. He plays with great physical toughness. He's always in attack mode. That's really the thing that he can bring this team that we lost for the three weeks that he was gone.
On Newby being full-go Saturday:
I hope so. He's been cleared medically. We didn't know how quickly he would respond to the basketball aspect of it. He practiced the day before Kentucky and did well. I went in not really expecting to play him because I didn't want to put him in a position that he wasn't ready for physically. We certainly needed him, and he responded in adverse circumstance. My intention is to certainly play him Saturday.
On matching up with Florida:
They're a very good basketball team. The four seniors, they are better collectively than they are when you start breaking them down individually. That's not a slight on them individually, but they are truly a consummate team. It's Billy (Donovan)'s job since I have been a part of the league for eight years, and one of those was a national championship.
He's maximized this group, and they have developed guys that were "role players'" in the past into all-league-type players. I have been really, really impressed with them as a team. We're going to have to play an "A" game to give ourselves a chance from an effort and efficiency standpoint. We have to make sure that we take the right approach to have a chance to beat a team of their caliber.
On Florida's 71-66 win over Auburn on Wednesday:
Auburn played extremely well. They made shots. Any time that you can shoot the ball at about a 50 percent clip -- Auburn was over 50 percent from 3 -- and held their own in a number of different areas, which gave themselves a chance down the stretch. For Florida, it was not their best game, and Billy admitted that, and yet they still found a way to win. That's what good teams do.
On this Florida team compared to the 2006 and 2007 Florida National Championship teams:
They are different. Those championship teams had lottery picks on them. Joakim Noah is an NBA all-star, Al Horford is an NBA all-star, and Corey Brewer is an NBA starter. I'm not saying that these kids don't have futures in basketball, but it's a different dynamic from a size and strength standpoint.
Scottie Wilbekin has to be in consideration for Player of the Year in our league. He's certainly the most valuable player for what he brings their unit. Casey Prather is having a terrific year, going from a 5-to-15 minute a game guy to a guy who's leading them in scoring. Patric Young, it seems like he's been there 25 years. He's certainly been in the weight room about those 25 years. He's a big, strong guy whose game has developed. He's developed a low-post scoring ability that he didn't have in the past. He's always been very, very physical imposing. They have a consummate team.
On Wilbekin improving as a perimeter defender:
He's a terrific on-ball defender. Our anticipation would be that he is going to guard Marshall off the ball. He's very, very good at fighting through screens and reading defenses. He has improved his ability to make plays with the ball. In the past, he has always deferred, whether it be to Kenny Boynton or whether it be to Erik Murphy, whoever it may be. Now he's the guy. When the game is on the line, he's going to make plays off the bounce.
On handling Florida's defensive pressure:
We have to do what we do. We have to be efficient. We weren't very efficient against Kentucky, and they exposed us. We have to be efficient because I don't anticipate the game being as many possessions based on the way that they play. We have to be efficient offensively.
On coaching toughness with the frontcourt players:
It's a lot about who they are, but we have to develop that. You can develop toughness by accountability and by continuing to be consistent in your approach. Some of the things that we're dealing with are youth and inexperience. My hope is that as we continue to pile up these lessons and games, they will grow from that.
You heard some of them at yesterday's home opener, and here's the complete list of walk out songs. Click on the song to listen to it. Viewer discretion advised. Songs played in venue will be edited. My personal favorite has to be "It Was A Good Day."
#1 Preston Overbey: Soul Survivor by Young Jeezy
#2 Jacob Waguespack: Till I Collapse by Eminem
#4 Will Jamison: Stranglehold by Ted Nugent
#6 Errol Robinson: Str8 Like That by Meek Mill
#7 Dalton Dulin: Hustlin' by Rick Ross
#8 Austin Anderson: Suga Suga by Baby Bash
#9 Auston Bousfield: Closer To The Sun by Slightly Stoopid
#10 Chris Ellis: Lose Yourself by Eminem
#11 Braxton Lee: Boogie Shoes by K.C. And The Sunshine Band
#12 J.B. Woodman: Chicks Dig It by Chris Cagle
#13 Austin Knight: It's Just What We Do by Florida Georgia Line
#14 Cameron Dishon: Come And Get It by Selena Gomez
#16 Matt Denny: Son's Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope
#17 Kyle Tuth: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
#19 Peyton Attaway: Nike Boots by Wale
#20 Josh Laxer: Square Dance by Eminem
#21 Hawtin Buchanan: Tops Drop by Fat Pat
#22 Henri Lartigue: Jump Around by House Payne
#24 Sikes Orvis: Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard
#25 Colby Bortles: Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
#28 Brantley Bell: You're Going Down by Sick Puppies
#29 Sam Smith: I'm Your Boogie Man by K.C. And The Sunshine Band
#30 Will Allen: Shine by Collective Soul
#31 Cheyne Bickel: Watch Out For This by Major Lazer (Hunter Siegel remix)
#32 Austin Blunt: Cole World by J. Cole
#35 Jeremy Massie: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
#36 John Gatlin: Pitch Perfect: Price Tag/Don't You/Give Me Everything by Barden Bellas
#38 Wyatt Short: The Drift by Blackmill
#40 Scott Weathersby: Ole Miss Rebels by K Zoe (Christian Rap original mix)
#41 Preston Tarkington: God's Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash
#42 Holt Perdzock: It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube
#44 Aaron Greenwood: Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison
#45 Scott Ashford: Intro by The XX
#47 Christian Trent: M.A.A.D. City by Kendrick Lamar (Instrumental)
#55 Evan Anderson: Photograph by Def Leppard
Ole Miss Baseball: Run On Opening Day 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.
The Ole Miss baseball team opened its home slate with a 6-0 win over Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday at Swayze Field. It kicked off a 13-game home stand that continues this weekend with a three-game series against Georgia State. First pitch on Friday is set for 4 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday are both set for a 1:30 p.m. start.
For our 29th moment in our journey throughout Ole Miss men's tennis head coach Billy Chadwick's illustrious career, we recall the program's first ever NCAA Tournament win.
In 1992, there were four matches featuring eight teams that had to play their way into the Final 16. The other 12 earned automatic spots into the Sweet Sixteen.
Ole Miss, who defeated Clemson 5-3, was one of four teams to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The Rebels would lose their succeeding match; however, they were recognized for their outstanding season with the program's highest final national ranking (No. 14). When the dust settled three Rebels were named All-American and three made the All-SEC team.
The Rebels' wins that season included No. 9 Mississippi State, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Tennessee, and No. 24 Rice. The Rebels were led by the All-American trio of Mohamed Ridaoui and the doubles tandem of Ivan Trevino and Mike Knowles, who finished the year as the No. 4 ranked team in the country with a 31-2 record. Trevino was the only league player named to both the All-SEC team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
"The success of this team centered on our outstanding doubles play, we finished our dual-match season 25-3 in doubles matches," Chadwick said. "Ivan is a great example of the type of student-athlete we strive for here at Ole Miss, and we are very proud of his accomplishments on and off the court."
Friday, we will fast-forward a couple of years to recognize an additional outstanding team achievement. Stay tuned to find out what the Rebel Netters accomplished.
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.Special assistance by media relations student Wesley Boock.
Written by Lauren McMillin, Athletics Media Relations student assistant
Since the conclusion of the 2013 football season and the Music City Bowl victory, eight Rebel seniors were invited to participate in college all-star games across the country.
Beginning on Jan. 11, Emmanuel McCray played for the National team in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C. A native of Jackson, Miss., the left tackle started every game as a junior and was a part-time starter as a senior.
A week later, on Jan. 18, Ja-Mes Logan represented the Rebels in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. A wide receiver for the East team, Logan caught three passes for 23 yards. The senior from Houston, Texas finished his Ole Miss career tied for seventh in school history with 136 career catches and 12th with 1,734 receiving yards.
On the same day, Tyler Campbell, Mike Marry and Charles Sawyer played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. All three played on the American team, with Marry posting four tackles and Campbell making five punts for 216 yards.
A three-year starting linebacker for the Rebels, Marry, a native of Clearwater, Fla., had 233 career tackles and finished among the SEC's active leaders with 23.0 career tackles for loss.
Campbell, from Little Rock, Ark., was a four-year starting punter for the Rebels and ranks second in school history with a career average of 44.6 yards per punt.
Sawyer, a cornerback from Miami, Fla., had 28 career passes defended and eight career interceptions while with the Rebels, placing him among the SEC's active leaders.
To finish the all-star game series, Jeff Scott, Evan Swindall and Pierce Burton played for the American team in the College All-Star Bowl on Feb. 14 in Greenville, S.C.
Scott, a native of Miami, Fla., is one of the school's all-time leaders in rushing yards (2,297), all-purpose yards (3,668), rushing touchdowns (17) and 100-yard rushing games (nine).
Swindall, the Rebels' starting center for each of his last 33 games in an Ole Miss uniform, has twice been on the Rimington Trophy's watch list, and at the conclusion of the 2013 season was recognized as Ole Miss' Most Valuable Senior by the coaching staff and honored during a ceremony by the Jackson Touchdown Club. The LaFayette, Ga., native helped the Ole Miss offense to two of its highest scoring seasons ever over the last two years.
Burton started at right tackle in all 26 games of his Rebel career. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Burton helped produce two of the top three seasons in Ole Miss history in total yardage.
These seniors, along with junior NFL Draft entrant Donte Moncrief, will hope to get selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, May 8-10, or be picked up by an NFL team as a rookie free agent. Moncrief is among 48 wide receivers invited to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, Feb. 22-25, in Indianapolis.
2013 World Championships,
2016 Summer Olympics,
Alabama Crimson Tide,
Armintie Price Herrington,
BBVA Compass Bowl,
Be The Fan,
Billy Van Devender,
Cal Ripken Senior League,
California Collegiate League,
Cape Cod League,
Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge,
Chucky Mullins Award,
Colorado Springs Sky Sox,
Dr. Jamil Northcutt;,
Engineers Without Border,
ESPN College Gameday,
Evan St. Laurent,
Florida State Seminoles,
Florida State Soccer,
Franklin American Mortgage Company Music City Bowl,
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From The Vault,
Georgia State Baseball,
Give To Athletics,
Hard Core Fighter,
Jackson Touchdown Club,
Jeff Scott Hugh Freeze,
Lock The Vaught,
Los Angeles Sparks,
Mai El Kamash,
Mary Ashton Nall,
mary ashton nall,
Meet The Rebels Day,
Mississippi State Basketball,
Mississippi State Men's Basketball,
Mississippi State Women's Basketball,
Mississippi State Women's Hoops,
Music City Bowl,
National Signing Day,
NCAA Baseball Tournament,
NCAA Doubles Final Four,
NCAA Tennis Final Four,
NFL Draft Combine,
NFL Pro Bowl,
NFL Scouting Combine,
Nike Asia Tour,
North Carolina State,
Ole Miss Athletics,
Ole Miss Athletics Foundation,
Ole Miss Baseball,
Ole Miss Basketball,
Ole Miss Engineering,
Ole Miss Football,
Ole Miss Football 2014,
Ole Miss Football Top 25 2014,
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Ole Miss Pro Day,
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Ole Miss Top 25 2014,
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Ole Miss Women's Basketball,
Ole Miss Women's Golf,
Ole Miss Women's Golf; Kaitlin Voll,
Ole Miss Women's Golf; Katie Voll,
Ole Miss Women's Golf; Katilin Voll,
Ole Miss Women's Hoops,
Ole Miss Women's Tennis,
Ole Misss Rifle,
Opening Day 2014,
Postgame Press Conference,
Rebel Media Day,
Rebel Road Trip,
Rebels Choice Awards,
Red & Blue Classic,
Red And Blue Classic,
Rifle Video Promo,
Road To Omaha,
Run On Opening Day 2014,
School of Education,
SEC Baseball Tournament,
SEC Basketball Teleconference,
SEC Media Days,
SEC Men's Basketball Teleconference,
SEC Track and Field,
SEC Track and Field Championships,
SEC Track and Field Indoor Championships,
SEC Women's Basketball Teleconference,
SEC Women's Basketball Tournament,
Shelby Jo Fenter,
Soldier Returns Home,
Soldier Surprises Family,
South Carolina Basketball,
Southeastern Conference Basketball,
Southeastern Conference Record,
Spain National Team,
State of Ole Miss Athletics,
Texas A&M Basketball,
The Season Ole Miss,
Track & Field,
Under-19 World Championship,
Under-20 European Championships,
University of Mississippi,
USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships,
USA Track & Field,
Vanderbilt Men's Basketball,
Vanderbilt Women's Basketball,
Vanderbilt Women's Hoops,
Walk Out Music,
Walk Out Songs,
Week in Review,
William & Mary,
William Winter Institute,
Women's Basketball; Yolanda Moore,