After a tough defeat in a three-game series against No. 1 Florida this past weekend, the Ole Miss Rebels will look for redemption against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks Wednesday night at home.
Ole Miss has won its last six games in Oxford, so a home-field advantage could be exactly what the Rebels need to regain their spark after this past weekend in Gainesville, Florida.
The Florida Gators swept Ole Miss in all three games last week to hold their first-place ranking, allowing the Rebels only had seven hits total all weekend. With just a handful of games left before the SEC Tournament, Ole Miss looks to improve upon a conference record of 6-12 (31-16 overall) before the postseason begins.
The Rebels will look to their pitchers and fielders, who proved themselves in the series against Florida. While the results weren’t what they wanted, Kaitlin Lee, Morgan Bruce, Brittany Finney, Alyssa Clayton and Elisha Jahnke all made appearances on the mound that allowed the Rebels to make a name for themselves defensively.
Ole Miss and Jacksonville State have faced each other four times in the past; their last meeting was in 2009. Three of those four times, the Gamecocks left victorious. Jacksonville State has a win streak of 15 games and an overall record of 34-9, but the Rebels hope to break the streak and push their rival’s losses into double digits.
A win tonight could bring big momentum going into the final stretch of the season for the No. 21 Rebels before they head into the weekend hosting Alabama, who is ranked 14th overall. With two more conference series, one against the Crimson Tide and another away against the Missouri Tigers, a winning streak now could give Ole Miss the mindset it needs going into postseason play.
The game against Jacksonville State will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Admission is free to all.