GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Winners of 10 of its last 11 games, the Ole Miss softball team will open Southeastern Conference play Friday when it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators (22-0) in a three-game series.
Ole Miss (14-7) will play at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by a 1 p.m. game Saturday and a 10 a.m. first pitch Sunday. All times are Central. Friday and Saturday’s game will be carried by GatorVision, and Sunday’s game is being carried by Sun Sports with Larry Vettel and Meagan Bush on the call.
“It’s the SEC, we’re ready,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “I like what I’m seeing from our pitchers. They’re hitting their spots, we’re working all our pitches pretty well and everyone, for the most part, got some time in Monday and Tuesday. We’re ready on the mound, and offensively we’re starting to swing it really well and we have a good understanding at the plate. Let’s go.”
Ole Miss is coming off a home, doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday, defeating the Lady Lions 5-2 in game one and 17-0 (5) in game two.
One day earlier in a doubleheader in Salt Lake City, senior pitcher Carly Hummel threw the first perfect game in program history in a 5-0 win over Utah State. The Rebels lost to host Utah in the second game 6-2.
The Rebels will look for their pitching success to carry over to the Sunshine State this weekend. Ole Miss has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 19 of its 21 games this season, and holds a 1.83 team ERA.
Pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter (5-2) has a team-best 1.55 ERA and a team-high 50 strikeouts, while Hummel (4-2) has a 1.89 ERA and 43 strikeouts. Both seniors have thrown 40.2 innings this season. Redshirt-freshman pitcher Emily Gaitan (3-1) has a 1.70 ERA in 24.2 innings, and sophomore pitcher Madi Osias (2-2) has 2.01 ERA in 24.1 innings of action.
At the plate, senior outfielder RT Cantillo has impressed all year. The Santa Ana, Calif., native leads the team and the conference with 35 hits, and is third in the league with a .500 batting average, recording a hit in 18 of Ole Miss’ 21 games.
Juniors Jamie Morgan and Allison Brown are second and third on the team, respectively, with batting averages of .410 and .388. Brown has a team-high tying 14 RBI, and went on an 11-game hitting streak earlier this season, which is the third longest streak in school history.
The Gators enter the weekend on a 22-game winning streak, which is their second longest season-opening run in program history (24 games in 2011). Florida junior pitcher/first baseman Lauren Haeger is the reigning SEC Player of the Week for the second time this season. Haeger enters the weekend batting .373 with nine home runs, and is 6-0 in the circle with a 1.02 ERA.
On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more
Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Watch: Freeze on CFB Live Watch: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman... read more
All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more
Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more
Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more
Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more
NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more
Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more
Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more