The Ole Miss softball team will host the Red and Blue Classic, welcoming five teams for a total of 15 games this weekend.
After winning the second game of a doubleheader against Southern Miss on Wednesday, the Lady Rebels (5-8) look to build on that as they start play in the Red and Blue Classic this weekend.
The tournament will consist of 15 games with five different teams including McNeese State (8-5), UT-Martin (5-3), Drake (6-4), Middle Tennessee State (0-5) and Mississippi Valley State (1-7).
“I expect us to come out and continue to grow and continue to get better,” head coach Windy Thees said.
“We have a couple of kids in some slumps, and they need to get out of it. I expect us to keep building and keep getting stronger. I also expect lots of wins.”
The team ended with great momentum with a win Wednesday that could help them as they open this weekend.
In the second game against Southern Miss on Wednesday, the Rebels’ bats came to life with junior center fielder RT Cantillo and sophomore third baseman Allison Brown combined for the team’s three runs.
Senior pitcher Erinn Jayjohn also added to the momentum when she pitched a complete-game shutout, leading the Rebels to victory, but Thees said she wants more from her pitchers.
“We are going to continue to work on driving pitches to both sides of the field, whether it’s inside or outside and just adjusting a little better offensively,” she said.
“Pitching-wise we really need to work on hitting those corners, starting out with strikes and understanding how to miss bats.”
Ole Miss will open the tournament against McNeese State Friday at 6 p.m. The Rebels will play UT-Martin and Drake at 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.
They will finish play this weekend against Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi Valley State at 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., respectively, on Sunday.
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