Softball returns to conference play

Posted on Apr 12 2013 - 3:26pm by Allison Slusher

After Tuesday’s no-hit win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Rebels prepare to play a three-game series against in-state rival Mississippi State this weekend.

Ole Miss will resume play this weekend in a three-game conference series against in-state rival Mississippi State. This will be the first meeting of the year between the Rebels (21-23, 2-13 Southeastern Conference) and Bulldogs (24-14, 3-9 SEC).

The Rebels are coming off an 8-0 win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff Tuesday. Junior Carly Hummel tossed the fourth no-hitter in school history in that outing.

“After the 11-9 win on Sunday, having a no-hitter for our defense was really nice to see,” head coach Windy Thees said after the game Tuesday.

“Letting our offense get runs, and our defense had to make a few plays, but Carly had 10 strikeouts. I think for the most part it was really good to see us win it in a different way. I think that helps the team a lot.”

The Rebels have also received significant contributions at the plate with freshman first baseman Madi Osias leading the team with a .367 average.

Osias had two season highs Tuesday with three runs and two doubles. Mississippi State, however, has also seen a lot of success offensively with four players hitting over .300.

Juniors Logan Foulks and Sam Lenahan pace the Bulldog offense hitting .350 and .347, respectively. The two have also been the power source for the team, with Foulks leading the way with 10 home runs and Lenahan a close second with nine.

Mississippi State enters this weekend’s series after dropping two of three to No. 3 Florida. The Bulldogs managed to take Sunday’s matchup 6-5.

“We don’t like State, and State doesn’t like us, so it’s going to be a tough weekend,” Hummel said of the upcoming series.

The Rebels will be back in full swing as two players return from suspension this weekend after an altercation in the second game of a series against Auburn April 6. T

he Ole Miss players were ejected from the game, and based on NCAA rule 13.2 were suspended for two games and will play again Friday.

The first pitch of the series is set for 7 p.m. Friday at MSU Softball Stadium in a televised game on ESPNU.

The second game will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the series finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m.