Ole Miss Softball History

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Lauren Grill

The University of Mississippi was one of nine Southeastern Conference schools to begin fielding a fast-pitch varsity softball team in 1997. The inaugural squad had a 22-41 overall record under head coach Joyce Maudie.

The Rebels began playing at the current site of the Ole Miss Softball Complex in 1998. The complex received significant upgrades prior to the 2006 season. The $1.2 million project included one of the few softball-only indoor hitting facilities in the nation, as well as a state-of-the-art press box, refurbished dugouts, new video and audio systems and upgrades to the grandstands, which include a center chair-back seating section. Ole Miss Softball Softball Complex will serve as the site of the 2011 SEC Softball Championships. In preparation for the 2011 SEC Softball Championships hosted by Ole Miss, new renovations to the Ole Miss Softball Complex included outfield terrace seating beyond the wall in left field that provide unique views of all the action, similar to the outfield seating at Ole Miss' baseball stadium, Swayze Field. Amenities included a grilling area, pavilion and a camera platform area in center field. Other improvements included a new LED video and scoreboard that measures approximately 13 feet high by 23 feet wide. The video board has the ability to showcase live and recorded video images, animation and graphics with incredible brightness and wide-angle visibility.

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