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Thursday March 28, 2013No. 3 Softball Set for Weekend Series at Ole Miss

Oxford, Miss.

After a thrilling 7-3 extra-innings walk-off in the Sunshine Showdown with FSU Wednesday courtesy of a sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) eighth-inning grand slam, the Orange and Blue will get back to the league portion of its schedule with a three-game set at Ole Miss March 29-31 in Oxford.

 

First pitch Friday is 7 p.m. (ET), while Saturday’s game is slated for 3 p.m. (ET). Sunday’s series finale from the Ole Miss Softball Complex will kick off at 2 p.m. (ET). Gator fans can catch the game live in Gainesville on 104.9-FM 105 The Game, with the call by Mike Gillespie and Megan Bush, or listen to the live audio stream online.

 

Fans can also catch the live stream of the game online via RebelVision, subscription required.

 

Florida improved to 32-3 overall on the season with the mid-week victory over the Seminoles and UF enters the SEC weekend series with the Rebels boasting a 7-2 record in the conference. UF’s .778 win percentage in conference play ties the Gators for third with LSU from the SEC Western Division, while Missouri (4-1; .800) and Georgia (6-0; 1.000) lead the way in the conference standings entering the weekend’s schedule.

 

The Gators will look to carry the momentum from Wednesday’s huge win into the weekend set, and UF will look to junior captain and reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) to lead the way as the Gators swing back into league play. The Orange and Blue have won all three of its SEC series so far in 2013, including a sweep over Arkansas last time out.

 

UF holds the series edge over Ole Miss, 36-7, including a 15-5 edge on the road in Oxford. The Gators are riding a seven-game win streak against the Rebels heading into the weekend set, including a sweep at home in Gainesville last season.

 

Florida, which checked in at No. 2 in the first RPI rankings of the season Monday, entered the week ranked second in the country in win-loss percentage (.912), fourth in the nation in ERA (1.41), fifth in fielding percentage (.979), eighth in both scoring (7.18) and homers per game (1.32) and ninth in stolen bases per game (2.24). Freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) ties for the national lead in triples this season, with six, after knocking her single-season school-record sixth in the series finale against Arkansas last Saturday. Stewart enters this weekend’s match-up with a team-best four-game hit streak.

 

Rogers entered the week of play ranked sixth in the country in wins in the circle (now 18-2) and checks in 13th in ERA, while sophomore Lauren Haeger’s (Peoria, Ariz.) 12 long balls this season place her eighth in the NCAA.

 

FLORIDA | OLE MISS STATISTICALLY

Florida

Category

Ole Miss

32-3

Record

19-18

7-2

Conference Record

1-8

.285

Batting Average

.270

895

At Bats

926

251

Runs

159

255

Hits

250

55

Doubles

42

12

Triples

7

46

Home Runs

17

215

Runs Batted In

139

.527

Slugging Percentage

 .386

79-87

Stolen Bases/Attempts

56-72

178

Walks

98

224

Strikeouts

193

.424

On-Base Percentage

 .355

1.43

Team ERA

4.21

6.57

Opponent ERA

4.02

2

Saves

3

82

Walks

131

247

Strikeouts

182

.197

Batting Average Against

 .248

20

Errors

13

 

SCOUTING OLE MISS

The Rebels enter the weekend series against the Gators at 19-18 overall this season, while Ole Miss is 1-8 in Southeastern Conference play thus far in 2013, having matched up with top-15 league opponents Kentucky, Missouri and Georgia so far. The Rebels took the series opener at Kentucky March 8 for their one conference victory, earning a 3-1 decision in Lexington.

 

As a team, the Rebels are batting .270, paced by RT Cantillo (.340). Cantillo boasts seven doubles, one triple and five homers, having driven in 22 runs on the year and drawn 13 walks on the season. Allison Brown boasts a team-best 14 doubles and 26 RBI, her doubles mark pacing the conference so far. Brittany Broome is the biggest threat on the base paths for Ole Miss, having swiped 25-27 bags on the year. Cantillo is 13-17 in stolen bases, while Haley Culley boasts seven.

 

Londen Ladner has shown patience at the plate, drawing a squad-best 15 walks. Six different Rebels are batting over .300 on the season.

 

Carly Hummel (8-10) has tossed the bulk of the innings in the circle for Ole Miss, checking in with a 3.93 ERA and 72 strikeouts through 94.1 innings pitched. Shelby Jo Fisher (6-7) has fanned 69 batters through 70.1 innings pitched with an ERA of 3.98. Madi Osias, Erinn Jayjohn and Lauren Lindsey round out the Rebel pitching staff.

 

Ole Miss leads the SEC and the country with a .986 fielding percentage, committing just 13 errors in 37 games, the fewest in the league.

 

FLORIDA | OLE MISS SERIES HISTORY

Florida leads, 36-7

Gators at HOME: 20-2 | AWAY: 15-5 | Neutral: 1-0

 (The Gators were 3-0 vs. Ole Miss in 2012) | Seven-game UF win streak against Ole Miss entering the series)

*Notably in the last meeting, Bailey Castro tallied a UF-record seven RBI with two HR, including a GS and RBI walk*

 

3/10/98

Gainesville, Fla.

W

8-0 (6)

3/10/98

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

5-2

5/2/99

Oxford, Miss.

W

3-0

5/2/99

Oxford, Miss.

W

9-6

4/30/00

Gainesville, Fla. 

W

3-2

4/30/00

Gainesville, Fla.

W

1-0 (10)

4/7/01

Gainesville, Fla.  

L

2-0

4/7/01

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

4-3

4/8/01

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

4-2

4/6/02

Oxford, Miss.      

L

4-3

4/6/02

Oxford, Miss.

W

2-0

4/7/02

Oxford, Miss.

L

5-0

3/29/03

Gainesville, Fla.

W

6-1

3/29/03

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

2-1

3/30/03

Gainesville, Fla.

W

3-2

3/27/04

Oxford, Miss.

W

4-1

3/27/04

Oxford, Miss.

W

3-0

3/28/04

Oxford, Miss.   

L

1-0 (8)

3/25/05

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

5-0

3/25/05

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

12-0 (5)

3/26/05

Gainesville, Fla.  

W

2-1

3/18/06

Oxford, Miss.     

W

9-0 (5)

3/18/06

Oxford, Miss.      

W

10-2 (5)

3/19/06

Oxford, Miss.     

W

8-1

3/31/07

Oxford, Miss.

L

2-1 (10)

3/31/07

Oxford, Miss.

L

4-2

4/1/07

Oxford, Miss.

W

8-4

3/8/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-3

3/8/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

4-3

3/9/08

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-2

5/8/08

Baton Rouge, La.

W

1-0

3/14/09

Oxford, Miss.

W

2-0

3/14/09

Oxford, Miss.

W

12-0

3/15/09

Oxford, Miss.

W

4-0

3/13/10

Gainesville, Fla.

W

12-2 (5)

3/13/10

Gainesville, Fla.

L

6-4 (8)

3/14/10

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-3

3/18/11

Oxford, Miss.

W

8-0 (6)

3/19/11

Oxford, Miss.

W

18-3 (5)

3/20/11

Oxford, Miss.

W

11-3

4/6/12

Gainesville, Fla.

W

5-0

4/7/12

Gainesville, Fla.

W

9-1(5)

4/8/12

Gainesville, Fla.

W

14-3 (5)

 

 

NEXT UP

Following the series with Ole Miss, UF will return back to Gainesville for a five-game home stand April 3-10, as the Gators play host to UCF, Mississippi State & USF at home.

 

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