Softball Opens 2013 Season In Hawaii

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Londen Ladner and the Ole Miss softball team open the 2013 season Thursday with a doubleheader.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Londen Ladner and the Ole Miss softball team open the 2013 season Thursday with a doubleheader.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 6, 2013

Ole Miss Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

HONOLULU - The Ole Miss softball team says `Aloha' to the 2013 season Thursday with a doubleheader against Saint Mary's and tournament-host No. 23 Hawaii as part of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu. All games at the three-day tournament will be played at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on the campus of the University of Hawaii.

Ole Miss has never played softball in the state of Hawaii, and has never faced Saint Mary's or Hawaii before. Ole Miss and Saint Mary's will get together with Saint Mary's at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, and Hawaii at 10 p.m. CT. In day two of the tournament, Ole Miss will face UAB at 3 p.m. CT, and No. 16 Washington at 7 p.m. CT. The bracket portion of the tournament begins Friday with matchups determined based on results from Thursday and Friday.

"The anticipation and excitement level is really high," said Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees following Wednesday's practice at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. "I know the girls are ready for the season. As coaches we really enjoy the preseason and the teaching aspect of it, and the getting after them and stuff, but the kids, as an athlete, you live for the season, you live for the games, the uniform and the wins and losses."

Saint Mary's is coming off a 26-23 season in 2012 where it returns four starters and welcomes in 10 newcomers. The Gaels went to the NCAA Tournament as recent as 2010. The Rebels face the Rainbow Wahine in the nightcap of Thursday's twin billing, as Hawaii puts its top 25 ranking on the line. Hawaii is led by All-Americans Jessica Iwata and Kelly Majam.

Ole Miss' matchup with UAB will mark the second time the two teams have gotten together in softball, as the Blazers won their first encounter against Ole Miss 3-0 in 2011. Ole Miss closes out Friday's work with a date against No. 16 Washington. The Huskies, which won the national championship in 2009, have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 19 seasons. Ole Miss is 0-2 against Washington all-time.

The Rebels return five position starters from last year's team, including five of their top six bats in terms of batting average, and junior centerfielder RT Cantillo, who was named Preseason All-Southeastern Conference by the league head coaches. Ole Miss welcomes nine newcomers to the squad in 2013, including two junior transfer pitchers and seven freshmen.

For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.

Ole Miss Softball Head Coach Windy Thees

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Striking The Right Balance Offensively

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss has been held under 100 yards rushing in each of its last meetings with Alabama, a 33-14 loss in 2012 and a 25-0 loss in 2013. Running the ball effectively and finding a balance is one area, the... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Alabama

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 22-28)

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 22-28, 2014Football- No. 10 Ole Miss used a dominant defensive effort to put away Memphis 24-3 on Saturday, setting up one of the biggest games in recent history this coming Saturday against the Alabama... read more

    • PHOTOS: Week-Long Timeline of Powder Blues

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Football

      1. Tuesday 9/23 at 4PM @CoachHughFreeze reveals the helmets to the @olemissfb team at team meeting. pic.twitter.com/8jpVCvny4p— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September 29, 2014 2. Wed 9/24 at 4PM @OleMissFB practice hidden indoors so that team practice in helmets for safety reasons. pic.twitter.com/vA0Oo6Ps7S— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. I'll handle the bulk of the notes this week, but we also have some insight from Austin Miller here as well. Let's... read more

    • Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 10 A&M

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Soccer

      Seeking its first win over a top-10 team since 2009, Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead but fell short to No. 10 Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the team's performance," head coach Matt Mott said. "I'm... read more

    • Defense Honors Mullins with Dominant Effort

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Wearing the lighter blue helmets for the first time since 1994 to honor the late Chucky Mullins, the Ole Miss defense also honored his memory with perhaps the most dominant defensive performance of the Hugh Freeze Era. "Chucky would have... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Memphis Motivational

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Memphis: Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Memphis

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 10 Ole Miss faces Memphis Saturday. Battle of the Quarterbacks Ole Miss and Memphis have both gotten steady quarterback play, as both teams rank inside the top-15 nationally in scoring offense.  Senior quarterback Bo... read more

    • Rebels Rebound with Hard-Fought Draw

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Soccer

      Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team played Arkansas to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.  The teams combined for 30 shots, including 13 on goal, but the game was characterized more... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze Stresses Focus, Attention Ahead of Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' matchup with Memphis on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Net). Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:21:20 mark. For... read more

    • Memphis Not Fazed by Big Stage

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Football

      Memphis is 2-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with wins over Austin Peay (63-0) and Middle Tennessee (36-17) and a 42-35 loss at No. 11 UCLA. The Tigers scored two early fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the Bruins at 35-35 with 13:44... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 15-21)

      Monday, September 22, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 15-21, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss went 4-0 to capture the Rebel Classic and improve to 14-0 on the season.- Through four weeks of the season, the Rebels have equaled last year's win total (14-17).- Sophomore... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 21

      Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Athletics

      This is the fourth installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more