OXFORD, Miss. – After winning 12 of its final 13 non-conference games, the Ole Miss softball team (16-9) will look to continue its hot play Friday when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to open Southeastern Conference action against No. 15 Kentucky (16-3). The Rebels will face Kentucky on Friday at 4 p.m. CT, and again Saturday and Sunday with start times at noon CT.
“It’s been great to see the team’s improvement over the last few weeks,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “After the first month of games, we’re now turning our attention to Kentucky and the start of conference play. You play the best of the best in the SEC, and this series will be a great test for us.”
After starting the season 4-8, the Rebels have won 12 of their last 13 games, including tying the program record nine-game winning streak. Ole Miss will be facing another hot team in Kentucky, which has won eight straight games and is off to the best 19-game start in school history. Friday’s conference opener will also be the Wildcats’ home opener.
Broome has hit a team-high .583 over the last 13 games for Ole Miss, and is currently riding a program-record 12-game hitting streak. Culley, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, has hit .485 in the 13-game stretch, second best on the team. In the circle, Ole Miss doesn’t have a single pitcher with an ERA above 2.82 over the last 13 games. Hummel and Fenter have been especially difficult over the last 10 games, posting a combined ERA of 0.50 while going 7-1 with 50 strikeouts.
On the season, junior center fielder RT Cantillo leads the Rebels with a .426 batting average, a team-high 29 hits and a team-best 21 runs scored. Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown has a team-high 21 RBI and an SEC-leading 10 doubles. Defensively, the Rebels lead the SEC with a .986 fielding percentage. Ole Miss’ nine errors are tied for the fewest in the conference.
Cantillo and Broome were each named to the UCF Holiday Inn Select Spring Fling All-Tournament Team last weekend in Orlando, where the Rebels went 4-1.
Ole Miss leads the all-time series against the Wildcats 26-16. The two teams squared off in a midweek doubleheader last season in Oxford, Miss., with Kentucky winning both games. This is the first meeting between the two teams in Lexington, Ky., since 2009. Ole Miss is 11-8 all-time against UK in Lexington.
Kentucky has been led at the plate by junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess, who is hitting a team-best .373, including a team-high 18 RBI. Senior infielder Kara Dill has team highs in hits (24) and runs (21).
In the circle, the Wildcats have been paced by freshman Kelsey Nunley, who became the first player in program history to start a year with a 10-0 record. Nunley has a 2.16 ERA, while leading the team with 68.0 innings pitched and 55 strikeouts. In her six starts this season, Nunley is 6-0 with a 1.23 ERA, throwing 40 innings with 37 strikeouts.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, including live stats of the Rebels’ three-game series against No. 15 Kentucky, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more
In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more
Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more
Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more
Ole Miss collected a lot of hardware over the weekend, as the football team reclaimed the Egg Bowl trophy and the men's and women's basketball returned home with regular-season tournament championship. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week... read more