OXFORD, Miss. – Coming off the sixth no-hitter in Ole Miss softball history Wednesday, and the first combined no-hitter in program history, Ole Miss will now play host to Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas in a three-game series beginning Friday.
The Rebels (17-13, 1-5 SEC) and Razorbacks (21-8, 1-2 SEC) will play at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday. Sunday’s game will air on Fox Sports South and will begin at 3:05 p.m. CT.
“Arkansas has a bunch of big hitters,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “They swing it really, really well and they pitch by staff a little bit too (like we do). They have an ace, and then the other kids they kind of combine them. They’re very aggressive. Hopefully our pitchers can be on, because when they’re on they’re very tough for anybody. It’s going to be a pretty good matchup.”
On Friday there will be free inflatable bats for fans in attendance. The Ole Miss Softball Complex will be hosting Crawfish Saturday the next day with 100 pounds of crawfish available for fans in the outfield free of charge. Sunday will be Sundae Sunday at the park, where fans can get free ice cream sundaes while supplies last.
On Wednesday vs. Louisiana Tech, Carly Hummel, who had two no-hitters at Ole Miss entering the game, including the first perfect game in school history, pitched the opening four innings, striking out five and allowing zero walks. Shelby Jo Fenter then pitched the next two innings with one strikeout and no walks before Madi Osias came in to pick up the save, striking out one and walking one in the seventh. In all, Ole Miss retired the first 19 batters of the game in order.
The Rebel pitching staff has been much improved this season, recording 23 games in which they have allowed three or fewer runs, a mark the Rebels didn’t reach until their 44th game last year. The staff has been led by Hummel, a fifth-year senior from Bakersfield, Calif., who holds a 7-5 record with a 2.47 ERA in 73.2 innings and a team-high 77 strikeouts.
At the plate, Ole Miss senior outfielder RT Cantillo has a team-high batting average of .500, while junior third baseman Allison Brown has a team-high 18 runs scored, as well as seven doubles and three home runs. Senior first baseman Londen Ladner has knocked in a team-high 20 runs, and has belted out four home runs.
Arkansas head coach Mike Larabee is in his fifth year leading the Razorbacks’ softball program. Larabee has led the Razorbacks to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Regional finals the past two seasons.
Razorback senior Clarisa Navarro has a team-high batting average of .408 and a team-high eight doubles, while junior Devon Wallace has hit a team-high seven home runs. As a team, Arkansas ranks in the top three of the SEC in batting average, on base percentage, runs and RBIs, and is fourth in slugging percentage and hits.
In the circle, Arkansas freshman pitcher Grace Moll (8-3) has thrown a team-high 67.0 innings and 50 strikeouts. Arkansas has a 3.16 team ERA this season.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, including live stats and recaps after each game of the three-game series, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more
With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more
Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more