After an undefeated performance in the Oxford Regional Tournament, Ole Miss Softball has clinched its first-ever NCAA Super Regional trip. The Rebels are set to take on the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles tonight, Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27 in a three game series to determine which team will advance to the Women’s College World Series.
Ole Miss (43-18) faced the third-toughest regional, one of only two regional host sites to welcome three Power Five schools for regional action.
In the NCAA Tournament thus far, the Rebels are batting at a .368 clip and slugging .566 with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBI. Four players are at least a .500 average, led by Elantra Cox’s .889 clip.
Ole Miss is led in the circle, by junior Kaitlin Lee who’s thrown every pitch of the postseason (47 IP). Lee is 7-0 with a 0.74 ERA and .182 BAA dating back to the start of the SEC Tournament. Last weekend, Lee allowed only two runs, 12 hits, and struck out 11 with two complete game shutouts.
The no. 5 ranked Bruins won their Regional Championship by defeating Lehigh 8-0, San Jose State 10-2, and Cal State-Fullerton 9-1. The no. 12 seeded Rebels were also undefeated in their Regional Championship, beating Southern Illinois 8-0, Arizona State 2-0, and UNC 7-2.
The road to the Women’s College World Series began with 64 teams – 32 of which received automatic qualification and 32 selected at-large. After the four-team, double elimination Regional Championships, 16 teams remained. Of those teams that qualified for a Super Regional trip, only eight will advance to the Women’s College World Series.
The Rebels have had a historic season so far, claiming the SEC Championship title, Regional Championship title, and qualifying for Super Regionals all for the first time in program history. The 2017 team is currently 43-18 and two wins away from their first-ever Women’s College World Series bracket.
Games are scheduled as follows:
Thursday, May 25 – 8:00 PM on ESPN
Friday, May 26 – 8:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2
Saturday, May 27 – 6:00 PM on ESPN
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