KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Ole Miss softball team is traveling north to Knoxville, Tenn., to conclude its 2014 season with a three-game series beginning Friday against the No. 8 Tennessee Lady Vols.
The series opener will begin Friday at 5 p.m. CT. Game two Saturday is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch, and the series finale will start at 12 p.m. CT. Saturday and Sunday’s games will each be available at WatchESPN.com, while Sunday’s game will be carried by Fox Sports Net. Dave Baker and Cheri Kempf will be on the call.
“We’re looking to close out the season on a high note this weekend against a very good team in Tennessee at their place,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We’ve shown this year we can compete with anyone in the country – at home or on the road – and if we can play every phase of the game to our potential, I like our chances.”
The Rebels (22-28, 3-18 Southeastern Conference) enter the final series of the year with a familiar name leading them at the plate. Senior outfielder RT Cantillo, the 20th overall selection in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft by the Chicago Bandits, is No. 4 in the SEC with a team-high .434 batting average. Her 59 hits this year are tied for the fourth most in program history, and she ranks sixth in the SEC with an on-base percentage of .527.
Senior first baseman Londen Ladner has batted in a team-high 34 RBIs, the seventh most in program history, and has hit a team-high seven home runs. Junior third baseman Allison Brown is second on the team in batting average (.338), runs (28) and RBIs (28).
In the circle, senior Carly Hummel (10-13) enters the three-game series against Tennessee with 127.0 innings under her belt, 112 strikeouts and a team-best opposing batting average of .231. Fellow senior Shelby Jo Fenter (5-5) and freshman Emily Gaitan (4-7) have each thrown more than 60 innings this season.
Tennessee (39-9, 14-7 SEC) enters the weekend with the second best team batting average in the league, and the fourth best team ERA.
The Lady Vols have been led offensively by senior infielder Madison Shipman, who has a team-high batting average of .441 and 17 home runs, which both rank No. 2 in the SEC. Shipman has been equally impressive in SEC play, batting a league-high .467 and eight home runs, the fourth most in the SEC.
Senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe leads the SEC with 190.1 innings pitched and 25 wins this season. She’s also posted a team-best ERA of 1.95. Against league opponents, Renfroe is 11-5 with a 2.84 ERA, an SEC-high 96.0 innings pitched and 86 strikeouts.
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