Saturday, April 1, 2023

Ole Miss Softball Travels to South Carolina for a Weekend Tilt

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Ole Miss softball heads to the Palmetto State to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in an SEC weekend series tilt. The first pitch is set for Friday at 5 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.

Ole Miss (30-14, 5-10 SEC) snapped a five-game skid with a 10-0 run rule victory over Louisiana Tech in their final home midweek of 2022. The Rebels have clinched their seventh consecutive 30-win season.

Senior Bre Roper notched her 200th career hit in the Rebels’ victory over Louisiana Tech, going 3-for-3. It was her 15th multi-hit game this season. While her teammate Tate Whitley continues her hot streak at the dish as she ranks fifth in the nation with 62 hits and has a .431 batting average on the season.

South Carolina welcomes the Rebels into the weekend with a 25-21 overall record and a 2-13 mark in the SEC. The Gamecocks’ two SEC victories have come against ranked opponents, topping No. 15 Georgia 7-3 and No. 19 Auburn 10-7. 

As a team, USC is batting .286 and has scored 256 runs for an average of 5.57 per game. At the plate, Riley Blampied paces the Gamecocks with a .341 average and 45 hits, 14 of which have been doubles. Leadoff hitter Jordan Fabian follows just behind her with 39 hits and 32 walks, coming around to score a team-high 44 runs.

In the circle, the Gamecocks’ Skylar Trahan boasts the top ERA on the staff with a 1.91 ERA through 22.0 innings pitched. Sophomore Leah Powell has been the workhorse for South Carolina this season, making 27 appearances on the year and posting a 3.30 ERA through nearly 100 innings pitched. Together, the USC pitchers have a 3.65 earned run average in the circle, while opponents are batting .251.

Ole Miss and South Carolina have met on the diamond 57 times with the Gamecocks holding a 34-23 advantage in the all-time series.

Game times for this series are set for Friday (5 p.m. CT SEC Network+), Saturday (2 p.m. CT SEC Network) and Sunday (noon CT SEC Network+).