OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss softball team will play 24 home games, including five games as part of the eighth annual Red and Blue Classic, highlighting an exciting and difficult 2014 schedule, Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees announced Tuesday.
Ole Miss will play in four tournaments, including the Red and Blue Classic, prior to opening the season’s Southeastern Conference slate, which will feature eight series against teams that all advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The Rebels will open the 2014 season Feb. 7-9 in Fort Myers, Fla., and play five games in a tournament hosted by Florida Gulf Coast. From there, the Rebels will visit Charleston, S.C., from Feb. 14-16 for another tournament in which they will play five games.
After playing a doubleheader on the road against Southern Miss, Ole Miss will host Bowling Green, Buffalo, Northern Colorado, Saint Louis and Tennessee at Martin at the Red and Blue Classic from Feb. 21-23.
“We want to put on a great show for our fans here and for them to see how good we’ve gotten because we will have two-plus weeks under our belt at that point,” said Thees, who is in her third year guiding the Rebels. “We want them to see how we’ve progressed. We really want to dominate on the mound and on defense. Pitching and defense is what’s going to take us to the next level. Offensively, we do have some young hitters and some new people at the top of our lineup so we need to make sure we’re getting on base and scoring runs. I’m excited.”
Ole Miss closes out its regular season tournament schedule on the west coast at the San Diego Classic I hosted by San Diego State and San Diego from Feb. 28-March 2.
“We’re going to face some great competition and it gives our team a chance to really prepare for the conference season, but I also see us being able to have success early against competition that’s going to continue to make us better,” Thees said. “We are playing in some tough tournaments, but we want to get on a run like we did last year in our early season tournaments. That’s our goal.”
In each of Ole Miss’ eight SEC series this season the Rebels will go against a team that competed in the NCAA Tournament last season, including two teams that advanced to the World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Ole Miss will open its SEC season on the road against Florida from March 7-9. The Rebels will also face South Carolina (March 28-30), Missouri (April 18-19) and Tennessee (May 2-4) on the road in SEC play.
The Rebels will face Alabama (March 14-16), Arkansas (March 21-23), Kentucky (April 11-13) and LSU (April 25-27) at the Ole Miss Softball Complex in beautiful Oxford, Miss.
“The SEC is the best softball conference in the country,” Thees said. “It’s going to be tough but I’m looking forward to it because as we get better each year, we’re going to be able to pull out more wins in our SEC schedule. At home we’re facing Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and LSU. They’re all tough opponents, it’s not like there’s a cake walk anywhere in there. But that’s where we’re going. We’re going to be that team where people say, ‘Shoot, we have Ole Miss coming in.’ We go on the road and face Florida, South Carolina, Missouri and Tennessee. Missouri is a place we haven’t gone as a program before so that’s exciting and a challenge for us. I like where we are and I like where we’re going.”
The 2014 schedule also includes a doubleheader on the road at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (March 12) and another road game at UT Martin (March 25). The non-conference schedule also includes a home game against Louisiana Tech (March 19), and doubleheaders against Alcorn State (April 15) and Alabama A&M (April 23).
The University of South Carolina will host the SEC Tournament this season from May 8-10.
One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference. Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more
Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more
Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more
Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more
The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more
We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team. The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West. This moment... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more
Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more
Rising junior running back I'Tavius Mathers turned in the highlight of the Grove Bowl Saturday with a 96-yard run before he was caught from behind by rising sophomore defensive back Kailo Moore to prevent him from scoring the touchdown. "He's... read more