Rebels, Bulldogs kick off weekend series today

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss hosts Mississippi State today in the opener of a three-game softball series at 6 p.m.
The Rebels (16-21, 3-11 SEC) are led by R.T. Cantillo who ranks eighth in the conference with a .374 batting average and third with a .533 on-base percentage.
Pitcher Kendall Bruning is tops on the team with a 12-11 record and a 4.07 ERA. She has 105 strikeouts in 137.2 innings.
Mississippi State (22-19, 5-14) is led by Jessica Cooley who is hitting .353 with a team-best 13 home runs and 34 RBI.
Pitcher Stephanie Becker is the ace of the Bulldogs’ staff with a 11-10 record. She also has an ERA of 2.91 with 123 strikeouts in 137 innings.
MSU owns a 31-20 advantage in the all-time series with Ole Miss, but the teams have split the last 10 meetings.