Georgia Versus Ole Miss Preview:

Fresh off a 14-0 run-rule victory over Gardner-Webb, thus extending their winning streak to 12 consecutive games, the Georgia Bulldogs will welcome Ole Miss to Jack Turner Stadium in what will prove to be an exciting series beginning on Friday evening. Georgia and Ole Miss have been clashing against one another since the 1997 season. Georgia leads the all-time series by an overwhelming 35-7 margin. Last year, the girls from Athens had to play the Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi and swept convincingly–winning 8-4, 9-0, and 8-0.

No doubt about it, Ole Miss will be looking to pick up a big win or two against the Bulldogs and they would love nothing more than to give our Dawgs their first SEC loss of the season. It is noteworthy that Ole Miss is in the top three teams in the nation in terms of fielding percentage, solidifying the notion that Georgia is going to have to get solid hits and win fair and square. In my opinion, I like the Bulldogs’ odds if they can continue stroking the ball as hard as they have been, and if pitching can really dominate and be unpredictable to hitters in all three games. Against the Tigers of Auburn on the road last week, our pitching was a little too predictable for my taste in the third and final game. I would look for the pitchers to all get a touch on the ball this weekend, and I think Tara is going to really mix things up with the pitch calls! 😀

Rookie catcher Katie Browne gunning down to second base against Gardner-Webb.

Rookie catcher Katie Browne gunning down to second base against Gardner-Webb. (Courtesy GeorgiaDogs.com, shot by Evan Stichler)

The Ole Miss Rebels enter Athens with a 19-15 overall record and are just 1-5 in SEC games played. Despite their less-than-stellar record, Ole Miss definitely has the talent to surprise some teams in the SEC this year–I just hope our Bulldogs can avoid being caught by surprise! The Rebels have played their share of games against ranked opponents already in 2013, but have only managed to win one of them; the big win for the Rebels came in 3-1 fashion over the then-#15 Kentucky Wildcats. Ole Miss is led at the plate by Junior outfielder, RT Cantillo, and sophomore infielder, Allison Brown. Cantillo leads the Rebels in most every offensive category as she has compiled an impressive .372 batting average with 5 home runs and 22 RBI. Allison Brown is also doing well for the Rebels–Brown is batting a .330 clips with a lone home run and 25 RBI. Also, Senior slap-hitter Brittany Broome gives this Ole Miss squad a lot of speed at the top of the line-up, and when she gets on base, she is guaranteed to attempt to steal her way around the bases.

In the circle, Ole Miss has mainly relied on two pitchers: Memphis transfer Carly Hummel and Vol State transfer Shelby Jo Fenter. Hummel was outstanding for the Memphis Tigers, but has gotten off to quite a rough start while pitching for the Rebels. Welcome to the SEC, Carly! Hummel is sporting an 8-8 record with a 3.46 ERA and has fanned 67 batters in 85 innings pitched. Fenter comes into Athens with a 6-6 record, a 3.40 ERA, and has struck out 69 batters in 70 innings pitched. I honestly do not know much about either one of these pitchers for the Rebels, but judging by the statistics, it appears that Fenter gives up the long ball quite a lot, while Hummel appears to tend to give up a lot of hits compared to her innings pitched. I hope that we are able to tag both of the Ole Miss pitchers for a lot of hard hit balls, that way we can get a crack at the relatively inexperienced pitchers that Ole Miss rarely turns to.

Sam LaZear (.365) began this week with a perfect 2-2 outing against Gardner-Webb.

Sam LaZear (.365) began this week with a perfect 2-2 outing against Gardner-Webb. (Courtesy GeorgiaDogs.com, shot by Evan Stichler)

The good news for us Georgia fans is that the weather forecast has slowly been clearing up as the past 48 hours have rolled along. It appears that we will be able to get in tomorrow’s game with little to no rain, although there is no telling how the schedule will play out for games 2 and 3 due to the expectance of moderate-to-heavy rains. I am so excited to see if Olney can continue her 12-game hitting streak, and I definitely want Paige Wilson to pull back ahead in the RBI department. Lauren Haeger of Florida moved ahead of her by a lone RBI after knocking a ball way out of the park against USC-Upstate. Paige is a gritty player and something tells me she is not going to want to be in second place–that just is NOT her thing! 😉

I know the weather doesn’t look to be too awesome for this weekend, but it would be awesome to have as many fans possible to make it out to support the Red & Black as they go for three wins against a defensively tough Ole Miss team. I sure hope the rookies continue to show out because now that the whole team is hitting, it would do us a lot of favors! As always, Go Dawgs!

#CommitToTheG #BeatOleMiss

Schedule
Friday, March 22
• No. 23/25 Georgia vs. Ole Miss – 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
• No. 23/25 Georgia vs. Ole Miss – 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 24
• No. 23/25 Georgia vs. Ole Miss – 2 p.m.

Other Information
• Live stats will be available at http://www.georgiadogs.com
• Live audio will be available online through GTV and locally on Fox News 1340 WGAU
• Live video will be available online for free through GTV

Senior Christine Olney leads Georgia in batting average with a .451 clip and 22 RBI.

Senior Christine Olney leads Georgia in batting average with a .451 clip and has also tallied 22 RBI. (Courtesy GeorgiaDogs.com, shot by Evan Stichler)

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