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Ole Miss 2016 Class Ranks 2nd In Nation
The Ole Miss baseball program’s 2016 class has pulled in at No. 2 in the Perfect Game College Recruit Rankings.
The Rebels’ 17-man high school class ranks second only to North Carolina, according to PG.
The Perfect Game USA college recruiting rankings are based on PgCrossChecker’s national high school player rankings. Colleges are given points for each recruit based on their recruit’s current high school ranking. The rankings are updated with each added college commitment to our database as well as updates to our national high school player rankings. Currently, junior college recruits are not factored into rankings.
Ole Miss’ 2016 class contains five Top 100 players.
Courtesy of David Johnson and OleMiss.247Sports.com
Former Softball Pitcher Madi Osias Signs Pro Deal
Former Ole Miss softball standout Madi Osias has signed a contract with the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch League, the organization announced Tuesday.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the Rebellion and to have this opportunity to continue my softball career,” Osias said. “I absolutely could not have gotten here without the support and love of my family, coaches and teammates at Ole Miss.”
The 2016 season marks the second-straight year a Rebel has gone on to play in the NPF after former star RT Cantillo spent two seasons with the Chicago Bandits in 2014 and 2015.
“We’re very excited for Madi to extend her softball career at the professional level,” head coach Mike Smith said. “She deserves this opportunity and I know she is going to compete each time her number is called to pitch in the circle. We’re proud of Madi and excited to have another Rebel in the NPF.”
Osias, who just recently capped off her impressive four-year career at Ole Miss, enters the professional softball ranks with a multitude of accolades to her credit.
The Tustin, California native finished her career ranked in the top-10 in eight major pitching categories, including wins (40), strikeouts (299), shutouts (6), innings pitched (425.0), appearances (115), starts (65), opponent batting average (.253) and saves (7).
She became the Rebels’ all-time saves leader this past spring, and ranks tied for third in all-time wins, seventh in strikeouts, ninth in shutouts, sixth in innings pitched, third in appearances, sixth in starts and eighth in opponent batting average.
Osias was a Third Team selection to the NFCA All-South Region Team, shattering the Ole Miss single season wins record with 23 victories in 37 appearances. She totaled 13 complete games and five shutouts, tied for third most in a season, and finished with 137 strikeouts, eighth most of any Rebel pitcher in a season.
Her .213 opponent batting average was third-best of any pitcher in program history, and she also shattered the record for consecutive wins with 12 from Feb. 13 to March 18. More of Osias’ major accomplishments in 2016 are listed below.
- Ranked 25th in the NCAA and tied for fourth in the SEC in wins (23)
- Ranked 10th in the SEC and 44th nationally with 5.33 hits allowed per seven innings
- Improved her ERA from the 2015 season by two points (4.97 to 2.97)
- Named SEC Pitcher of the Week (May 2) after shutting out the nation’s No. 2 offense in No. 14 Georgia
- Allowed two earned runs or less in 22 of her 37 outings, 18 of which were starts
- Finished the season starting the final eight games
- Went the distance in nine of her last 11 outings including a 321-pitch effort in the NCAA Regional
- Carried the team with a 310-pitch effort in the Mississippi State series (April 2-4), picking up two wins in 17.2 innings pitched
- Broke the single-season wins record back on April 27 against UAB
- Threw a two-hitter against No. 9 Tennessee helping the Rebels to their first win over the Vols in seven years
- Threw two complete games in the SEC Tournament allowing just one earned run in 13 innings helping Ole Miss to its first ever win in the tournament
- Drew 10 at-bats early in the year and hit one home run with five RBI
- Appears in the career record books offensively as well, tied for fifth in home runs (18)
- Named to the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
Osias has already reported to Pennsylvania to compete in her first professional season, which runs through August and will culminate with the National Pro Fastpitch Championships Aug. 19-23 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the University of Alabama’s Rhoads Stadium.
About Pennsylvania Rebellion
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports
National Champion Devin Britton Joins Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Staff
Seven years after becoming the youngest NCAA Singles Champion in Division I history, Ole Miss men’s tennis great Devin Britton joins the staff as assistant coach, head coach Toby Hansson announced Tuesday.
A Jackson, Mississippi native, Britton assumes the position after serving the previous three years as a student assistant while completing his degree.
During his time as a student assistant, the Rebels continued their streak of NCAA appearances (23) and finished the 2015 season ranked No. 17 in the nation. Individual honors included three All-America selections, SEC Player of the Year and six All-SEC selections.
“We are very excited to announce that we get to keep Devin here at home at Ole Miss,” Hansson said. “Over the past three years he has showed how much he cares about the success of this program and there is no doubt in my mind that he will help bring more national championships to Oxford.”
Prior to returning to Ole Miss to complete his degree, Britton spent five years on the professional circuit, where he won 12 ITF Futures and two ATP Challenger doubles titles, to go along with a singles title in the Sacramento Futures in June 2012.
Britton was ranked as high as No. 378 in the world in singles and No. 119 in doubles. He also received a wildcard into the 2009 United States Open as the reigning NCAA singles champion, where he faced then-No. 1 and 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the first round.
After a stellar junior career, Britton joined the Rebels in the spring of 2009 and became the youngest player ever, and just the third freshman, to win the NCAA Singles title. He was the first freshman in the history of the program to earn All-America honors and finished that year ranked No. 19 in the nation in singles. Britton helped lead the Rebels to their fifth SEC Championship, their third SEC Tournament Championship, the NCAA Elite Eight and a final national ranking of No. 4.
Britton is excited to remain with the Rebels and help bring a national championship to the program as a coach.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to have been successful here as an athlete and now to be a coach here,” Britton said. “As a student assistant, I had the chance to work under two of the best coaches in Billy Chadwick and Toby Hansson, and I’ve learned a lot from them. I am excited for next season with the team we have coming back and the addition of a big-time player. I am ready to get to work.”
Britton graduated from Ole Miss in May with a degree in managerial finance.
For more information on Ole Miss Men’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports
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