May 2, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebel softball team will welcome South Carolina Gamecocks to Oxford for the final SEC series of the season this weekend at the Ole Miss Softball Complex beginning on Friday. The series opener is slated for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m. Sunday's series finale will be televised by SportSouth with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Saturday the Rebels will also honor the 2012 Rebel seniors - Kendall Bruning, Kelly Chandler, Laina Collier, Corrine Doornberg, Jayla Hubbard, Amanda Hutcheson and Cali Overbeck - with 'Senior Day' activities before the game.
Admission to all Ole Miss softball games is free, and fans are encouraged to bring chairs and coolers for the outfield seating. Outside food or drink is not allowed inside the stadium area of the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Fans can also hear the game on Reb Sports Radio on 102.1 FM in Oxford, 101.3 FM in Grenada, 1240 AM in Jackson and online at RebSportsRadio.com. Live in-game stats will also be available on OleMissSports.com and RebelVision will provide live video.
Fans will have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to an Ole Miss-Tennessee baseball game next weekend in Oxford at each game and to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, the first 100 fans will receive a festive sombrero.
Ole Miss enters the final weekend of the season with a 19-32 overall record and a 4-21 mark in SEC play. Freshman shortstop Allison Brown leads the team with 34 RBI, which broke the Ole Miss freshman record of 31 RBI previously held by former All-American Lauren Grill. Sophomore Londen Ladner and senior Cali Overbeck are tied for the team lead with five homers, while senior Kendall Bruning leads the Rebels in the circle with 14 wins, a 3.65 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 193.2 innings.
The Gamecocks come to Oxford with a 23-29 overall mark and are 3-22 in league action. Lauren Lackey leads South Carolina at the plate with a .408, while Evan Childs has a team-best 11 home runs and 39 RBI. In the circle, Audrey Broyles has posted a 7-10 record with a 3.71 ERA in 94.1 innings pitched.
South Carolina leads Ole Miss 24-13 in the all-time series, but the Rebels have won eight of the last 14 contests including a doubleheader sweep in Oxford in 2010.