Ruben Felix on Ole Miss Winning SEC Tournament

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Ruben Felix been at Ole Miss since 2015

On This edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson talk to Ole Miss Asst Coach Ruben Felix about the Rebels winning the SEC Tournament.

Among the topics Felix discussed include

  • The week in Knoxville as the Rebels made run to SEC Tournament
  • Hosting for first time in program history
  • Outlook of Oxford Regional
  • How Staff has turn Ole Miss Softball program to a winner
  • Experience of Ole Miss being in regional last year at Oklahoma
  • Keys to being success in postseason
  • Success of SEC getting 8 host sites and all 13 teams in the field

In The Circle with Ruben Felix Episode 94 

NCAA OXFORD REGIONAL SCHEDULE  Eastern Time Zone
Friday, May 19
Game 1: North Carolina vs. No. 22 Arizona State – 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Southern Illinois vs. No. 13 Ole Miss – 9:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 20
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. (TBD)
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 5 p.m. (TBD)
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 – 7:30 p.m. (TBD)

Sunday, May 21
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 2:30 p.m. (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 – 5 p.m. (TBD)

Junior RHP Kaitlin Lee threw every pitch in the SEC Tournament earning MVP honors, and is only three wins off tying the single-season record. She’s thrown nine-straight CGs, and allowed no more than two earned runs each in her last nine starts (64.2 IP).

Oxford Regional Teams
Southern Illinois
Led by 18-year head coach Kerri Blaylock, the Salukis of Southern Illinois head into the postseason at 33-22 overall. They earned the automatic bid from the Missouri Valley Conference after topping No. 1 seed Northern Iowa in the MVC Tournament Championship game last Saturday. The Salukis have played well down the stretch going 9-1 in the last 10 games, and finished the MVC regular season with a 17-8 record. SIU did face both Mississippi State and Kentucky earlier this season, dropping all three contests.

Arizona State
Led by first year head coach Trisha Ford, the Sun Devils of Arizona State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament from the Pac-12 conference. ASU, ranked No. 22 in both polls and the updated RPI, is 30-20 on the year with a 9-15 mark in conference action.

North Carolina
Led by 32-year head coach Donna Papa, the Tar Heels head into the postseason with a 38-19 overall record after going 14-9 in the ACC, earning an at-large big. No. 34 in the latest RPI, UNC finished 3-7 in its final 10 outings, falling to No. 1 Florida State in the ACC Championship game last Saturday.

Brittany Pickett is the ace for the Tar Heels with a 21-8 record and 2.63 ERA, with 207.2 innings pitched and 47 appearances. Behind her, Lynch is 11-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 24 appearances, while three other pitchers have combined for the remaining six wins, led by three from Sydney Matzko, and three from Hannah Nommensen.

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Ruben Felix Talks Ole Miss Softball

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Ruben Felix been at Ole Miss since 2015 (Photo Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics)

On this edition of the In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor talk to Ole Miss Softball’s Associate  Head Coach Ruben Felix about the Rebels 2017 season. Among the topics Fliex discusses include.

  • How does Ole Miss handle success after making after making NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history in 2016.
  • Working for Rebels Head Coach Mike Smith.
  • What players to look for in 2017
  • What it is like working with Taryne Mowatt
  • Coaching in Major League Baseball
  • What it was like being part of USA Baseball coaching staff in 2009 World Baseball Classic.
  • Coaching in Softball vs Coaching Baseball
  • What would Ruben apply from Baseball to Softball and apply from Softball to Baseball?

Interview with Ruben Felix

Ole Miss returns 14 players from last year’s squad that finished No. 24 in the final ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, and welcomes 10 newcomers to the 24-person roster.

The Rebels  opens the season on Feb. 10-12 at the Easton invitational in Fullerton, California. After 15-straight on the road to open the season in tournament play, Ole Miss will host 14 in-a-row in Oxford, with the home opener slated for March 1 against Louisiana Tech. Ole Miss opens SEC play at home on March 17th against Texas A&M.

Felix came to Ole Miss prior to the 2015 season after four seasons as the assistant coach & recruiting coordinator at UCF. In two of his last three seasons at UCF, Felix helped the Knights advance to the NCAA tournament (2012,2014).

Prior to UCF, Felix was coaching in Major League Baseball which included two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and three seasons with the Cleveland Indians as an assistant coach.

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Ruben Felix was part of USA Coaching staff in 2009 (Photo Courtesy of Ruben Felix)

In 2009, while coaching in MLB for the Baltimore Orioles, Felix was asked to be on staff for Team USA Baseball for the World Baseball Classic. While with Team USA Baseball in the World Baseball Classic.Felix got to coach MLB All-Stars of the like of Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedrioa, Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun, Jake Pevy, Kevin Youkilis, Jimmy Rollins, Adam Dunn, Brain McCann, Curtis Granderson and others. USA Baseball finished in fourth-place in the World Baseball Classic Tournament after losing to defending champions Japan in semi-finals at Dodgers Stadium.

In case you missed it last summer on June 29th We had a chance to talk to Taryne Mowatt about joining the Rebels and help lead the Rebels to program record 41 wins. You can listen to that interview right here. Mowatt helped the Rebels pitching staff improve from 4.30 ERA in 2015 to 3.26 in 2016.

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.