OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss softball team will wrap up Southeastern Conference play this weekend when it welcomes No. 15 Texas A&M to Oxford for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. CT.
After Friday’s series opener at 6 p.m., the Rebels and Aggies will play Saturday at 2 p.m., and close out the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We want to make our final home SEC weekend of 2013 our best yet,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We are hoping our team continues to improve all the way up to the last game.”
The Rebels (22-29, 2-19 SEC) were scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday at Louisiana Tech, but inclement weather the previous night caused the games to be canceled due to unplayable field conditions.
Freshman Madi Osias leads the Rebels at the plate with a .388 batting average and a team-high tying six home runs. Among players with at least 70 at bats, sophomore third baseman Allison Brown holds team highs in batting average (.331), doubles (15), RBI (37) and hits (48).
The Rebels continue to be led in the circle by junior Carly Hummel. The Bakersfield, Calif., native has thrown a team-high 137.0 innings and has struck out 108 batters.
Ole Miss’ defense continues to be one of the stingiest in the nation. The Rebels’ .981 fielding percentage is tops in the SEC and second nationally. Ole Miss has committed just 24 errors this season and has committed multiple errors in a game just three times in 51 games.
Ole Miss will honor its three seniors, Brittany Broome, Erinn Jayjohn and Kelly Nolan, prior to Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m. Combined, the three seniors have appeared in 413 games for the Rebels. Broome, a Suwanee, Ga., native is the Rebels’ career stolen bases leader with 73.
Texas A&M (35-12, 6-11 SEC), which is second in the league with 79 home runs, has been led by freshman catcher/outfielder Cali Lanphear, who is batting a team-high .368 with 16 home runs, the second most in the SEC. Junior catcher/first baseman Nicole Morgan leads the Aggies with a team-high 49 RBI, and has hit 14 home runs, which is tied for the fifth most in the SEC this season.
The Aggies have been led in the circle by senior Mel Dumezich, who is 23-6 on the year. Dumezich has a 2.13 ERA, striking out 188 batters in 174.0 innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Ainsley is second on the team with 95.1 innings of work and 76 strikeouts. Ainsley is 11-5 on the year with a 2.72 ERA.
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