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still growing stronger slow and inconsistent beginning haunts team by Robin Freeman South Eastern Conference softball is only in its sixth year but has brought talents from all over the country. Ole Miss was fortunate to obtain a lot of that talent. The 2003 Lady Rebels have brought together talent from Mississippi and as far away as California. There were seven new freshman who came in to help strengthen the young team. The 2003 Ole Miss lady Rebels kicked off the season with a win against Jackson State. Leading the Rebels to a 11-1 win was senior pitcher, Lindsay Price. The Lady Rebels, coached by Candi Letts, boasts a team that was lead by four seniors. This year the Rebels will be losing two pitchers, a catcher and an infielder. With that loss will come new leadership with the rising junior class. The season began in February with a schedule of 47 games and tournaments that came to a close in mid May. The three month softball season has the girls traveling all over the SEC and then to the tournament in Plant City, Fl. The Lady rebels finished the season with seventeen wins. One of the highlights of the season was the lady ' s two consecutive wins over the University of Kentucky this past March. The Rebels also beat the number 10 ranked University of Georgia, 6-5, at home in April. The women who make up the Rebels softball team are not only talented athletes many of them are on the SEC academic honor roll and members of the Ole Miss M Club. Seniors and Lady Rebels starting pitchers, Lindsay Price and Leslie Day were two of the 10 Ole Miss athletes to be named academic all-district. Coach Letts has been leading the Rebel softball team for the past five seasons. Not only has Letts lead her team to victories but also to academic excellence. She has found the perfect mixture of dedicated and determined ladies. Letts also has a support staff of 12, who help in the training and coaching of the ladies. Assistant Coach Dedeann Pendelton has finished her fourth season with the Lady Rebels and boasts leading her former team, Colorado State to ranking ninth in the nation. Her work in the outfield has been the glue of the team. Coach Garcia ' s innovation to the infield will not be forgotten during the 2004 season. The Lady Rebels softball team has created a team of the best infielders, outfielders and coaches. With this past season, the Rebels go into the 2004 season hopeful for an even better season. " Everyday you are competing against yourself. If what you ' ve done the day before still looks good enough then you are not working hard enough. " -DeDe Justice a sophomore catcher and utility ball player from Vero Beach, Fla
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" Excellence is not a part time thing. " -words inscribed in the baseball team ' s locker room. Being Slow vs. Being Fast If it takes a runner 1.25 seconds to run home he is considered fast, but at 1.5 seconds the runner is considered slow. If it takes a runner 4.2 seconds to get to first base, he is fast. At 4.5 seconds he is slow. off the fiefdC... Coach (Bianco ' yfeadf Coach When asked to define baseball, Coach Bianco said " Baseball is misunderstood. A lot of people say the sport is boring and slow, but in all actuality, it is one of the fastest. There are a lot of quick, fast plays over a short period of time. " Bianco said that although the season was somewhat disappointing, being that the Rebs could never get a high streak, this season was still successful being that it was only the second time in three years to get to the post season and that the Rebs were able to tie a school record. " The 2004 season shows promise with the return of great players, a phenomenal recruiting class, and he state of the programming being where it is. Our goal is Omaha. " Barry Gunther Sophomore Catcher from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. " This season had its ups and downs. Even though this season lacked consistency with a good weekend then bad, the 2004 ' Barry Gunther , , , y 3 season shows promise and has an aggressive sense pushing it. There is good chemistry between the athletes on this team. We lost a lot of good guys but th new will replace the lost leadership with more guys stepping up to fill the roles. " Stephen Head Freshman Infielder Left Handed Pitcher from Raymond, Miss. When asked if you could do one thing over again, Stephen said that he would go back to the NCAA Tourney. " I was the last at bat and we only needed one run. There was a runner on second and third but I did not get the hit. " Stephen 0-fe Anthony Cupps Freshman-Red Shirted Right Handed Pitcher from Madison, Miss. When asked the same, Cupps said " I was the last pitcher in the Tourney for the Rebels and if I would have gotten that last ' Anthony Cupps out, things would have been different. Better, but different. " base ball | p l
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5 Date Opponent Score Date Opponent Score Date Opponent Score 2 04 Jackson State 11-1 W J 08 Pacific 4-8 L 3 30 1 lorida 2-3 L 2 04 Jackson State 8-0 W 3 09 UIC 3-0 W 4 05 Alabama 1-5 L 2 07 Kansas 1-2 L 3 09 Illinois 0-4 I. 4 05 Alabama 1-5 L 2 07 Behnnc Cookman 5-0 W 3 12 Arkansas 3-2 W 4 06 Alabama 4-9 L 2 08 UlT 4-5 L 3 12 Arkansas 1-4 I. 4 09 Mississippi Slate 0-14 1. 2 08 Southern Illinois 1-3 1. 3 13 Arkansas 2-4 1. 4 10 Mississippi Statu 6-5 W 2 09 Jacksonville Cancelled 3 15 Kentucky 8-4 W 4 10 Mississippi State 10-8 W 2 16 Nicholls St 0-1 L 3 15 Kentucky 1-4 1. 4 12 deorgia 1 1 2 16 Jacksonville St 1-6 L 3 16 Kentucky I4-7W 4 12 (ieorgia 5-7 1. 2 22 Evansville Cancelled 3 19 Southern Miss 0-4 1. 4 13 ieorgia 6-5 W 2 28 C Connecticut 8-0 W 3 19 Southern Miss 1-0 W 4 18 LSU 6-10 1. 3 01 Northern Illinois 4-3 W 3 22 Auburn 0-3 L 4 18 LSI 0-3 1. 3 01 Drake 0-6 L 3 22 Auburn 0-2 L 4 19 LSU 3-6 L 3 02 Evansville 1-2 L 3 23 Auburn 0-4 1. 4 26 South Carolina 2-6 L 3 06 Purdue 5-7 L 3 26 UT-Martin 7-1 W 4 26 South Carolina 0-1 1. 3 06 Pittsburgh 4-0 W 3 26 UT-Martin 2-1 W 4 27 South Carolina 2-1 W 3 07 Temple 3-5 L 3 29 Florida 1-2 L 5 03 Tennessee 7-6 W 3 07 Central Michigan 5-2 W 3 29 Florida 1-6 L 5 03 Tennessee 2-12 L Top Left: Lindsey Price, a senior catcher from Terry, Miss., sets up the pitch. Left After the ball was hit to the outfield, an outfielder throws the ball to Megan Kozar, a sophomore infielder from Palm Beach, Fla, in hopes of getting it to second base to stop the runner. In alphabetical order: (players) Sara Boyer (23), Andrea Brahs (21), Dana Brill (15), Mary Jane Callahan (I I), Jordan Chitwood (9), Jenny Cox (7), Britte Hardy (2), DeDe Justice (22), Desiree Layman (3), Stacy McCommon (6), Rebecca Mclntire (l).Mandy Ott (18), Genee ' Spears (4), Brooke Turner (14), Brittany Warner (24),Tara Willit (19) (coaches) David Abernethy (Strength Coach), Jose ' Garcia (Assistant Coach), Candi Letts (Head Coach), Dedeann Pendleton (Assistant Coach), Chad Perkins (Trainer) (managers) Monica Barnett, Kristin Cox. Ross Thompson Left Andrea Brahs, a junior infielder from Boynton, Fla, awaits for the ball to hit it in the outfield and bring the runner on third home. off the fieCcC... Coacfi Letts l-feacf Coach [Coach Letts is involved in softball due to the eomrihL experiences and opportunities. " I want to give back to the game and give the opportunities given to me, back to the athletes. It is why the game will always be bigger than us. " Coach Letts uses coaching to teach a sport she loves. " It ' s not what you have, it is what you do with what you have. " DeDe Justice Sophomore Catcher and Utility Player from Vero Beach, Fla DeDe ' s motivation is for the love of the sport. " We have to work as a team to j T eT e " justice get toward our common J goal - the SEC Championships. " When asked if there was something she could do over again, she said, " I wouldn ' t think as much when I am at bat. During the LSU game with 1 1 innings, I had no hits. If I would have gotten those, we would have won the game. " soft ball y )
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