March 5, 2018
Date: March 6, 2018
First Pitch: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Ole Miss Softball Complex
Dimensions: LF-200, CF-220, RF-200
Surface: Natural Grass
TV: SEC Network
Matt Schick (play-by-play)
Kayla Braud (analyst)
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissSoftball
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- Ole Miss plays in front of its home crowd for the seventh-consecutive game, hosting Boston College in a mid-week matchup as a final tune-up before the start of SEC play this weekend at Texas A&M.
- Tuesday's ball game will be televised to a national audience on the SEC Network, with Matt Schick and Kayla Braud on the call. The contest is not only the first nationally televised game of the year for Ole Miss but is the first game for the SEC as a whole to be broadcasted to the masses.
- Ole Miss is coming off of a 3-1 weekend as hosts of the Ole Miss Classic. The Rebels defeated UT Martin 10-2 in five innings to kick off the classic before earning a 3-1 win over Saint Louis and another 10-2 victory in five frames against the Mocs of Chattanooga. The classic didn't end the way the Rebs would have liked, falling 5-2 to in-state opponent Southern Miss.
- The Rebels remain in the top-20 in both national polls, being slotted No. 17 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the USA Softball Poll.
- Freshman third baseman Amanda Roth was absolutely unconscious at the plate during the Ole Miss Classic. Roth posted a .833 average during the event, reaching base in 10-of-11 plate appearances.
- In the first game of the weekend, Roth became the first Rebel in 2018 to hit multiple home runs in a game and drove in four RBIs, the most by a Rebel this season.
- Freshman Anna Borgen ranks 12th in the nation with a 0.59 ERA. Borgen has allowed just two earned runs in her 23.2 innings, holding opposing batters to a .174 average.
- Sophomore catcher Autumn Gillespie has come up clutch for the Rebels with runners in scoring position. The UCF transfer is batting .500 with RISP, achieving a base knock in 9-of-18 opportunities.
- The Rebels have been victorious in 10 of their last 11 games played at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
- Ole Miss and Boston College are meeting for the very first time. The Eagles are the 84th different opponent the Rebels have competed against in program-history. It is the fourth first-time opponent Ole Miss has faced in 2018, joining Virginia Tech, Lipscomb and Rutgers.
- Boston College comes into Tuesday's game with a 5-9 record after going 2-3 at the FIU Classic this past weekend in Miami.
- The Eagles' record may not be an indication of the quality of the team as six of Boston College's nine losses have been decided by two runs or less.
- Boston College is in its seventh season under the direction of head coach Ashley Obrest, who came to BC after leading the softball program at Colgate for one season. During her lone season in Hamilton, New York, Obrest set the school-record for most wins by a first-year head coach with 27. Obrest's Raiders went on to claim the regular season Patriot League title with a 16-3 conference record. Obrest has kept up her success in Chestnut Hill, posting a 156-155 mark. The Eagles have posted at least 30 wins in three of the last four seasons. The 2017 campaign might have been the best season of Olbrest's tenure at BC. The Eagles set a new record for ACC wins with a 14-9 mark, winning 31 games in all.
- While a 5-9 record is likely not where Obrest and the Eagles would like to be sitting after 14 games, BC has competed in each of its outings this year. Six of the Eagles' nine losses have been by two runs or less, including three extra-inning affairs. BC also earned a quality 3-0 victory over Nebraska in mid-February, defeating a team that is currently receiving votes in both national polls. In its most recent action, Boston College went 2-3 at the FIU Classic in Miami, falling twice in extras to the host Golden Panthers. BC also fell to Michigan State and earned victories over Siena and Central Connecticut State.
- While the majority of the Eagle lineup has struggled at the plate, senior middle infielder Chloe Sharabba has bucked that trend, posting a .378 average with four doubles, two home runs and a team-high 11 runs scored. Freshman Cami Sellers and Emme Martinez are both batting under .200 but have found ways to produce runs with seven and six RBIs, respectively. Once on base, the Eagles have proven to be dangerous, stealing successfully in 18-of-24 attempts.
- Senior Jessica Dreswick and redshirt-junior Allyson Frei have combined to throw all but one inning's worth of Boston College's pitches. Dreswick leads the way with 57 frames in the circle, registering a 4-3 record in her 12 appearances with a 2.33 ERA and 62 strikeouts to 22 walks. Frei isn't far behind with 45.2 innings on the rubber, falling on hard times with a 1-6 record despite decents numbers. Frei sits with a 2.45 ERA, striking out 44 and allowing 19 free passes. The defense behind the Boston College pitchers has not always been up to the task. BC has just one player on its roster that has yet to commit an error. The Eagles as a team have committed 19 errors, leading to a .958 fielding percentage. The blame for the defensive difficulties can be passed around as no player has more than three errors. None the less, the mistakes have been costly, leading to seven unearned runs scored by BC's opponents.
REBS GO 3-1 AT OLE MISS CLASSIC
After the Red & Blue Classic was cancelled the previous week, the Rebels were finally able to host a home tournament this weekend with the Ole Miss Classic. The Rebels went 3-1 at the classic, defeating UT Martin, Saint Louis and Chattanooga before falling in the event's final game to Southern Miss. The Rebels scored 25 runs over the three days, surrendering just 10.
BELIEVE IN NO. 3
Prior to a setback against Southern Miss on Sunday, Kaitlin Lee was having about as strong of a start to the 2018 season in the circle as you could have asked for. With a win against UT Martin on the openign day of the Ole Miss Classic on Friday, Lee became the first pitcher in Ole Miss history to win each of her first eight decisions in a single season. Dating back to last season, she had won 15 of her previous 16 decisions.
Entering the Ole Miss Classic, freshman third baseman Amanda Roth had yet to get a hit in the first 15 at-bats of her collegiate career. The native Texan got off the schneid in a big way against UT Martin, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and a double, collecting four RBIs, the most by a Rebel this season. When the classic was all said and done, Roth had gone 5-for-6 at the plate with a .833 average, a .909 on-base percentage, a 2.000 slugging percentage, five RBIs, three walks and three runs scored.
LOOKING GOOD, ROOK
True freshman Anna Borgen has looked like anything but a newcomer during her first season at Ole Miss. The Heath, Texas native is second on the team with 23.2 innings in the circle and has posted an exceptional 0.59 ERA, ranking 12th in the nation. The lefty is 2-0 on the young year, holding opponents to a .174 average in her seven appearances, tallying 11 strikeouts to just four walks.
LUCK WITH THE LEADOFF
Nothing puts pressure on the opposing defense more than getting the leadoff batter aboard to start an inning. Ole Miss has been very proficient in this area, with seven players batting .500 or higher when leading off an inning. While Amanda Roth's .571 average as the leadoff batter is the highest on the team, Alex Schneider, Elantra Cox, Gabby Alvarez, Dylinn Stancil, Izzy Werdann and Celeste Wood have all also gotten a hit in at least half of their leadoff at-bats.
STAFF OF THE STINGIEST ORDER
Even when the Rebel bats aren't firing on all cylinders, the Ole Miss pitching staff has kept the Rebels in the ball game in pretty much every contest. Of the Rebels' 16 games, the pitching staff has held its opponent to two runs or less 13 times. This includes three shutouts and an additional four games holding the opposing team to a single run.
After Tuesday's matchup with Boston College, Ole Miss opens Southeastern Conference play at No. 7 Texas A&M. The Rebels and Aggies will face off in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The final two games of the series will be nationally televised on the SEC Network, with Jenny Dalton Hill and Courtney Lyle on the call. The Rebels will be looking to buck the trend against Texas A&M, having lost each of the last eight meetings between the two schools.
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