Softball Hosts LSU In Home Opener

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown was named to the All-Tournament team in Honolulu.
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Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown was named to the All-Tournament team in Honolulu.
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Feb. 11, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. - After opening its season in Honolulu at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic, the Ole Miss softball team is returning to Oxford for its home opener Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT against No. 10 LSU.

The Rebels (2-4) and Tigers (4-1) will be getting together in a rare non-conference game, and will be participating in the Geaux Play program established by former LSU All-American Brittany Mack. The Rebels are asking all fans to donate new or gently used sports equipment to the program. Fans who do donate equipment for the Geaux Play program will receive two free general admission tickets to the Ole Miss baseball home opener on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. CT.

"We're looking forward to coming home and playing in front of our fans for the first time this season," Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. "LSU is a great team and I'm happy that we are going to be able to continue the Ole Miss and LSU rivalry. We're also very excited to be participating in the Geaux Play program and to be a part of this great charity."

Wednesday's game will be the first Dollar Wednesday of the season, as hotdogs and popcorn will each by $1. The first 100 fans at the Ole Miss Softball Complex will receive "I Love Ole Miss" t-shirts.

Ole Miss is coming off a 2-4 opening weekend in which it registered a pair of wins over Saint Mary's and fell to No. 23 Hawaii, UAB and No. 16 Washington. Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown was named to the All-Tournament team after batting .294 with five hits, four runs, three doubles and a home run. Freshman right fielder Bri Payne led Ole Miss with a .444 batting average, and junior centerfielder RT Cantillo knocked in a team-high five RBI.

No. 10 LSU went 4-1 in its home-opening tournament, the Tiger Classic. LSU topped No. 21 UNC in its opening game, and then defeated Purdue, Tulsa and Hampton. LSU closed out the tournament with a loss to UNC on Sunday.

LSU senior pitcher Rachele Fico, a 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year "Watch List" selection, was named SEC Pitcher of the Week for her performances at the Tiger Classic. Fico tossed a pair of shutouts, and had a 14-strikeout effort against Tulsa during a 1-0 victory in 10 innings.

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.

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