By Allison Slusher
The Ole Miss softball team will play its second home Southeastern Conference series of the season against No. 3 Florida beginning Friday. The Rebels (19-18, 1-8 SEC) are looking to bounce back after a three-game sweep at Georgia last weekend.
The Rebels enter the weekend hitting just .270 as a team, but they have six players hitting over .300 this season. Center fielder R.T. Cantillo leads the team with a .340 average, along with 22 RBIs and five home runs.
The Gators (31-3, 7-2 SEC) are also bringing a strong team to the plate, as they hit .289 as a team. Florida has four players hitting over .300 this season, and freshman infielder Kelsey Stewart leads the team, averaging .405 for the season.
Defensively, the Gators are bringing junior pitcher Hannah Rogers, who was SEC Pitcher of the Week after picking up three wins for Florida this past week in a series against Florida State. Rogers has a 1.13 ERA this season, which is third in the conference.
Junior pitcher Carly Hummel leads the Rebels with strikeouts this season with 72. Hummel also boasts a 3.93 ERA to go along with her 8-10 record.
The Rebels will take on Florida at the Ole Miss Softball Complex Friday with the first pitch set for 6 p.m. They will play again at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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