No. 12 Rebels Start Super Regional Play Thursday at No. 5 UCLA
May 24, 2017

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NCAA LOS ANGELES SUPER REGIONAL
No. 12 Ole Miss (43-18) at No. 5 UCLA (45-13)
Dates: May 25-27, 2017
Location: Los Angeles, California
Venue: Easton Stadium (1,328)
TV: Thursday: ESPN | Friday: TBD (ESPN or ESPN2) | Saturday (if necessary): ESPN
     Beth Mowins, play-by-play
     Michele Smith, analyst
     Jessica Mendoza, analyst
     Holly Rowe, sideline
Mobile: ESPN App
Live stats: UCLABruins.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissSoftball

TICKETS
- All-session passes for the Los Angeles Super Regional will be available starting at 12 p.m. on Monday on Ticketmaster, by calling 310-UCLA-WIN or on campus at the UCLA Central Ticket Office (open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday). Three-day passes are $33 for adults and $22 for students and youths (ages 3-16).

- If tickets remain available, single-day tickets will be available on the day of the game only at the Easton Stadium ticket office, starting 90 minutes prior to the first pitch of the first game that day. Single-day tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and youths (ages 3-16). Three-day passes will also be available at Easton Stadium.

- All seats are general admission, first-come, first-served. Gates open 90 minutes prior to the first pitch of the first game of the day. Parking is $12 per vehicle in Lot 11 directly across from Easton Stadium. Overflow parking will be directed to the Sunset Canyon Recreation Parking Structure and Lots 4 and 7.

NCAA LOS ANGELES SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 25
Game 1: No. 12 Ole Miss (visitor) at No. 5 UCLA (home) – 8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT (ESPN)

Friday, May 26
Game 2: No. 5 UCLA (visitor) at No. 12 Ole Miss (home) – 8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT (ESPN or ESPN2)

Saturday, May 27
Game 3 (if necessary): No. 12 Ole Miss (visitor) at No. 5 UCLA (home) – 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT (ESPN)

LEADING OFF

  • No. 12 Ole Miss heads west to Los Angeles for its first NCAA Super Regional appearance in school history.
  • The Rebels swept their three games in the NCAA Oxford Regional last weekend, outscoring its three opponents 17-2.
  • Ole Miss and UCLA have met twice in school history, most recently in 2005, and the first in the 2000 season.
  • Both prior meetings came in Fresno, California, when the Bruins were ranked No. 3 and No. 4 nationally.
  • The West Coast trip marks the second for the Rebels this season, after they opened the year in Fullerton at the Easton Invite.
  • Ole Miss heads into Super Regional action riding a seven-game win streak, the second-longest streak of the season.
  • The Rebels are 11-2 in their last 13 games, with six of those victories coming against top-25 competition.
  • In its first-ever home NCAA Regional, Ole Miss earned the No. 12 national seed and faced the third-toughest regional, one of only two regional host sites to welcome three Power Five schools for regional action.
  • Ole Miss saw record crowds all weekend in Oxford, resetting the school’s single-game attendance record twice (1,677 & 1,709), with just shy of 5,000 fans that witnessed the school’s first ever NCAA postseason event at home.
  • The Rebels are one of eight teams from the SEC who advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round.
  • Since the start of the postseason back in the first round of the SEC Tournament, the Rebels have hit .335 as a team with 11 extra-base hits and 30 runs scored, committed only three errors defensively, and allowed only five runs behind the dominant arm of junior RHP Kaitlin Lee.
  • In the NCAA Tournament thus far, the Rebels are batting at a .368 clip and slugging .566 with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Four players are at least a .500 average, led by Elantra Cox’s .889 clip.
  • Lee, who’s thrown every pitch of the postseason (47 IP), is 7-0 with a 0.74 ERA and .182 BAA dating back to the start of the SEC Tournament. Last weekend, Lee allowed only two runs, 12 hits, and struck out 11 with two complete game shutouts.
  • Lee, who’s already broken three school single-season records (shutouts, IP, starts), is on the verge of two more. She needs just one win to break Madi Osias’ wins record from last year, and is one complete game from that record.
  • Cox, who again is back to the NCAA lead in hits (91), has already broken that single-season mark, as well as the runs record.
  • Senior Miranda Strother, who appears in the career record books of 11 different offensive categories, needs just one stolen base to break the career mark (76), and has already broken the runs record.
  • Ole Miss has scored first in 10 of its last 11 games, and scored in the first or second inning in seven of those contests. In those last 11 games, the Rebels have outscored their opponents, 20-5, in the first two frames.
  • The Rebels have scored first in 40 of 61 games this season, posting a 36-4 record in those games.
  • For the second-straight year, Ole Miss has surpassed the 40-win mark, breaking last year’s school record wins mark of 41.

SCOUTING REPORT
The No. 5 national seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins are making their fifth-straight NCAA Super Regional apperance, in what is their 33rd overall appearance in the postseason. Led by 11-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, UCLA takes a 45-13 record into the week after sweeping its regional last weekend with wins over Lehigh, San Jose State and Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins went 16-8 in Pac-12 play, which included winning their last four series of the season. UCLA is familiar with SEC competition, having faced five SEC opponents earlier this year. The Bruins defeated South Carolina and fell to Florida back at the Judi Garman Classic, and also defeated LSU and Georgia at the Mary Nutter. They also played a doubleheader with Kentucky back in the first week of the season, and split those two contests.

The Bruins boast one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking 11th nationally in average (.324) and sixth in slugging (.534). Kylee Perez leads the way with a .418 average and 82 hits, ninth-most in the country, while Delaney Spaulding has a team-high 55 runs scored batting at a .382 clip. She’s one of four Bruins with double-digit home run totals, and is tied for the team lead with 16. Madeline Jelenicki (.337) ranks top-10 in the NCAA with 66 RBI, and is second on the team in slugging (.663) behind only Spaulding’s .737 clip. Brianna Tautalafua is also one of the team’s leading home run hitters with 16, and has 50 RBI for a .665 slugging mark. As a team the Bruins have just 41 steals on the year, led by 10 from Gabrielle Maurice.

The Bruins’ pitching staff carries a team 2.54 ERA into the weekend, with two pitchers at 100 innings pitched, and one just shy of 100. Rachel Garcia has a 20-7 record and team-best 1.84 ERA in 21 starts, with 11 complete games and five solo shutouts. She leads the team by a wide margin in strikeouts with 179 holding opponents to a .203 clip. Selina Ta’amilo has yet to suffer a loss (14-0) with a 2.87 ERA in 13 starts and 100 IP. Behind them, Johanna Grauer is 11-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 99.2 IP and 17 starts.

BECKER NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
Following an impressive sophomore campaign that’s not complete just yet, right fielder Kylan Becker earned Second Team All-America honors from College Sports Madness, it was announced Wednesday. Including the SEC Tournament, Becker is batting .372 on the year with 68 hits and 31 runs scored, while driving in 25 runs from mainly the No. 2 spot in the order all year long. She’s stole 16 bases and drawn 12 walks, and is second on the team in multi-hit games behind only Elantra Cox, who has 25. She’s been just as effective in the outfield, with nine outfield assists, and was the only regular player on the team, and one of the few in the SEC, to finish the year without an error.

REBELS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT YEAR
Last season Ole Miss made history by advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Not only did they do that, they made it all the way to Championship Sunday against Oklahoma, the team who ultimately won the WCWS Championship. This year, the Rebels made history yet again, this time hosting an NCAA Regional as the No. 12 national seed.

TRIO OF REBELS EARN NFCA ALL-SOUTH REGION HONORS
For the second-straight year, Ole Miss landed three players on the NFCA All-South Region Team, as junior RHP Kaitlin Lee, junior OF Elantra Cox, and sophomore OF Kylan Becker all earned the regional honor.

Cox, the team’s leading hitter all season long, was named an NFCA All-South Region First Team selection for the second year in a row. Becker, who paved the way in SEC action, earned third team honors. Lee, most recently named the SEC Tournament MVP, also earned third team honors. Ole Miss now has 12 NFCA All-South Region selections in school history, including six in the last two seasons combined. Cox is the second player in program history to earn first team honors twice (Lauren Grill - 2008/10), and RT Cantillo also landed first team honors in 2014.

REBELS CRUISE THROUGH NCAA OXFORD REGIONAL
There’s a first time for everything, and Ole Miss enjoyed another first last weekend hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time. The Rebels run-ruled Southern Illinois, 8-0, in five innings, before going on to shut out No. 22 Arizona State, 2-0, to clinch a spot into Championship Sunday. After falling behind early 2-0 in the final with North Carolina, the Rebels stormed back to claim a 7-2 win, securing a spot into Super Regional play. The Rebels outscored their three opponents, 17-2, and tallied eight extra-base hits on the weekend to cruise in each of the three victories.

FAN SUPPORT KEY FACTOR IN NCAA REGIONAL
During last season’s run to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament, the crowds began to grow larger and larger. This season, the trend continued throughout the regular season. But, nothing topped the record numbers who crossed through the gates of the Ole Miss Softball Complex this past weekend, as nearly 5,000 fans witnessed the school’s first-ever NCAA Regional. The announced attendance for Friday’s game was 1,677, topping the previous school record, before Sunday’s mark topped that figure as 1,709 packed both inside and out of the venue to create a true home-field advantage. The most fans to ever witness a three-game series before was 3,028 (last season against Florida), as th enearly 5,000 fans crushed that record.

OLE MISS IN NCAA SUPER REGIONALS FOR FIRST TIME
Following a clean, 3-0 sweep in its first ever time to host an NCAA Regional last weekend, Ole Miss is Super Regional bound for the first time in school history. The Rebels are one of eight teams in the SEC to advance to super regional action, with the remaining 16 teams all fighting for the eight spots in the 2017 Women’s College World Series, which begins June 1 in Oklahoma City.

For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

 

 

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