Head coach Mike Smith has done a good job of putting the Ole Miss softball program on solid ground and playoff caliber team taking them to three straight NCAA Tournaments. Last year they made it to the regional final before being ousted by Arizona State.
Ole Miss did lose several key players from last years starting lineup due to graduation. The most notable being spitfire pitcher Kaitlin Lee, who was the team leader, always keeping the team fired up both from on the field and in the dugout.
It will be up to pitchers Ava Tillman, Anna Borgen, Brittany Finney, Molly Jacobsen and freshmen Savannah Diederich to step up and handle the pitching duties on this year’s team.
The team picked up newcomer Oregon outfielder Alyssa Pinto who decided to transfer from Oregon to Ole Miss and will be eligible to play as a freshman.
Ole Miss has been a hit and run type of team and the recent rule changes for slappers hurt the team last year but look for them to continue on the path of playing small ball with key hits and base pad speed to score most of their runs. If the pitching can step up and keep the games low scoring then Ole Miss has a good chance of keeping their positive momentum up and should have a good season that once again sees them in the playoff picture.
Things get started for the Rebels with a trip to Orlando, Florida from February 7-10th to play in the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament against, UCF, Ohio State, Minnesota and George Mason.