Senior Weekend Festivities Set for Series Against Georgia
May 3, 2018
- Saturday will be senior night in Oxford, Ole Miss will honor its seven seniors playing in their final games at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
- Sunday is Sandlot "Kids Take Over the Park" Day at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
- All three games of the series will be broadcasted on SEC Network +, with Seth Austin and Missy Dickerson on the call. Friday's game will also be featured as part of the SEC Network's Bases Loaded coverage, featuring whip-around coverage of all the league's action on the final weekend of the season.
- As the final home series of the season, Ole Miss will honor its seven seniors prior to Saturday's game during Senior Day.
- The Bulldogs hold a commanding 44-9 record in the all-time series, thanks in large part to a 33-game winning run from 2004 to 2016. However, the last time the Rebels and Bulldogs faced off in 2016 the two teams split four meetings, including a 4-2 win in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Starkville, Mississippi, the first tournament win in program-history.
- The Rebels are 14-8 on the season at the Ole Miss Softball complex and haven't lost in Oxford since a doubleheader sweep by Mississippi State on April 15.
- Ole Miss is coming off being swept in a three-game road series at Arkansas. The loses at Bogle Park snapped a six-game winning streak over the Razorbacks for the Rebels.
- In the most recent NCAA RPI report, Ole Miss slid back a few spots from No. 35 the previous week to the 38th spot in the rankings.
- Georgia comes to Oxford ranked No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Softball Poll. It will be the fourth matchup of the season for Ole Miss against a top-10 ranked team at the time of the meeting, joining Oregon (3), Texas A&M (7) and Auburn (10).
- The Bulldogs are ranked at No. 8 in the RPI this week. UGA is the second opponent this season for the Rebels inside the top-10, joining the top-ranked Ducks of Oregon.
- This weekend's series will be a matchup of a pair of skippers who hail from San Diego. The Rebels' Mike Smith and Georgia's Lu Harris-Champer were raised in the coastal California City.
- The Bulldogs come into this weekend's series heralded as one of the top teams in the country, sitting at No. 5 at No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Softball Poll. UGA ranks second in the SEC with a 15-6 conference record, maintaining a 42-8 overall record. The Bulldogs have played just 10 true road games in 2018, earning a 7-3 record. In its most recent action, Georgia tallied a 2-1 series victory over Alabama in Athens, claiming the first two games before suffering a 7-4 defeat to the Crimson Tide in the finale.
- Georgia boasts one of the most dangerous lineups in not just the SEC but across the country, ranking fourth in the nation with a .339 team batting average, also ranking fourth nationally in slugging percentage at .533. The Bulldogs also lead the conference with 1.10 home runs per game, going yard 55 times. UGA's 6.30 runs per game is good for the second highest total in the SEC, 10th in the country. Senior slapper Cortni Emanuel gets things started with a .451 average, second highest in the league, including .425 in conference play, Emaneul has scored 57 runs on the year, ranking fourth in the country at 1.14 runs per game. The league's top base-stealer, Emanuel has swiped 46 bags on the year, being caught just four times. Sophomore Alysen Febrey is also above .400 at .408, leading the team with 17 doubles and chipping in seven home runs. Febrey has driven in 44 runs and scored 33 more. In a lineup full of home run power, junior Alyssa DiCarlo and sophomore Justice Milz lead the way with 16 and 12 homers, ranking first and sixth in the SEC, respectively. DiCarlo also ranks third in the league with 57 RBIs, registering a .375 batting average to rank third on the team.
- Despite losing SEC ERA leader Brittany Gray for the season due to injury, the Bulldogs nonetheless pose a dangerous 1-2 threat in the circle with sophomore Mary Wilson Avant and junior Kylie Bass. Sophomore Avant holds an 8-2 record in 12 starts, maintaining a 1.19 ERA in 76.2 innings, striking out 64 batters to 24 walks. Bass has gone 13-2 on the year with a 1.73 ERA in 85 frames, racking up 76 strikeouts to 16 walks and holding opponents to a 1.70 average.
YEAR OF THE SLAPPER
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