OXFORD, Miss. – Coming off a 3-0 victory over Samford on Wednesday, the Ole Miss softball team (19-15, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) will now head to Athens, Ga., to face Georgia (22-7, 3-0 SEC) in a three-game series beginning Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
“Our girls are really hungry for some wins this weekend,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We had some close games in the early innings last year against Georgia and we kind of let them slip away with some errors in the sixth and seventh innings. We’re really focused on playing 21 complete outs. Our kids are talented, we just need to keep playing these games hard and we’re going to start picking people off.”
Game two of Ole Miss and Georgia’s series begins Saturday at 3 p.m. CT, and first pitch in the series finale Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.
The Rebels defeated Samford 3-0 Wednesday night behind a complete game from junior pitcher Carly Hummel. Hummel struck out five and did not walk a single batter in the game. Freshman catcher Natalie Martinez led the Rebels at the plate with a 2-3 performance and one RBI.
Junior center fielder RT Cantillo continues to lead Ole Miss at the plate with a team-high .372 batting average and five home runs. Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown leads the SEC with 13 doubles and has a team-high 25 RBI.
Defensively, Ole Miss leads the SEC and is second nationally with a .986 fielding percentage, committing just 12 errors in the Rebels’ first 34 games.
Georgia opened conference play last week with a road sweep at Auburn. After opening the season 7-6, the Bulldogs have won 15 of their last 16 games, including the last 12 in a row.
The Bulldogs have advanced to five consecutive NCAA Super Regionals, and two of the last three Women’s College World Series Final Fours.
Georgia sophomore infielder Paige Wilson is batting .418 with a team-high 41 hits and 40 RBI, while freshman pitcher Geri Ann Glasco has a 13-1 record and a 1.98 ERA. Glasco has struck out a team-high 92 batters in 84.2 innings of work.
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