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Rebels softball 2020 slate features challenging opening weekend

The full 2020 Ole Miss softball slate is still to be finalized; however, we now know the type of scheduling coach Mike Smith is aiming for.

Announced earlier this week, Ole Miss will open the 202o season as part of the 2020 NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic. Held in Clearwater, Fla., the Rebels will be one of four power-five schools in the field, not counting Notre Dame.

Ole Miss will play both Louisville and NC State on day one, Illinois and Notre Dame on day two and Liberty University on day three of the weekend. Historically, it’s four schools the Rebels have not played all that much. Ole Miss is 2-0 all-time against Louisville, and 1-0 against Liberty. The team has never played Illinois and Notre Dame.

In the 2019 season, Louisville, Notre Dame and Illinois made the NCAA Tournament. All three were eliminated in the Regional round.