After two weeks of the road Ole Miss softball team expected to return home to host the Red and Blue Classic but had a change of plans.
Ole Miss softball (8-2) has had a whirlwind first two weeks of the season. They first went to the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores where they finished with a 3-1 record in the event. The following week they set out for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to compete in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. The Rebels finished the weekend taking 3 out of 4 games with their finale being a 1-0, 9 inning win over then No.3 Oregon.
Now when the Rebels were finally headed home to play in Oxford, things changed. Instead of playing host in the 2018 Red and Blue Classic which was to begin this Friday and run into the weekend. The Rebels rescheduled Southern Illinois-Edwardsville where they would have two games against them instead of one. Those games begin Sunday and run thru Monday. Ole Miss softball would now be playing in Troy Alabama in a change of plans.
As of yesterday the Rebels would be facing Murray State and Tennessee Tech Friday morning in Troy, Alabama. With the cancellation of the Red and Blue Classic Ole Miss softball missed out on five potential games at home in Oxford. However, the Rebels jumped into the Trojan Classic and got two games back. The Rebels got an early 4-2 win against Murray State (4-6) and then a 12-2 five inning win over Tennessee Tech (2-8).
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In The Circle
Sophomore right-hander Morgan Bruce made the start for coach Mike Smith and the Rebels. Bruce went 3 complete innings allowing 2 runs and only 1 hit. Bruce had 3 Ks while giving up 2 BB.
Freshman Anna Borgen entered the circle in the 4th and went 3.1 innings. Borgen allowed no runs on 1 hit while marking up 3. Borgen did give up 2 BB.
Senior Kaitlin Lee entered in the 7 and faced the last 2 batters. Anna Borgen picked up her second win of the season while Lee picked up her first save of the year.
At The Plate
Down 2-0 after 3 innings Ole Miss tied the game in the top of the 4th. The Rebels added two more runs in the 6th for the 4-2 win. Ole Miss softball picked up 4 runs on 5 hits from 4 Rebels hitters. Senior Elantra Cox went 2 for 4 and scored a run. Her first hit set a school record for hits in a career. Senior Alex Schneider and junior Kylan Becker went 1 for 3 and also scored a run each. Red-shirt sophomore Autumn Gillespie went 1 for 3 and had 2 RBI.
In The Circle
Of course, senior right-hander Kaitlin Lee (5-0) drew the start in the circle. Lee went 3 complete innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. Lee did have 1K on the way to her 5th win of the season. Freshman right-hander Ava Tillman entered the game in the 4th and pitched the final 2 frames. Tillman allowed no hits and 1K.
At The Plate
In the game against Tennessee Tech the Rebels bats were on fire. Eight Rebels combined for 12 runs on 14 hits. Senior Elantra Cox and junior Kylan Becker each went 3 for 4 in the game. Each also had 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Senior Paige McKinney went 2 for 3 in the game and scored a run. Sophomore Dylinn Stancil also went 2 for 3 while knocking in 2 RBI and scoring a run.
Sophomore Kaylee Horton and freshmen Gabby Alverez and Jessica Puk all went 1 for 2. Horton also had 2 RBI and Puk scored 2 runs in the game. Freshman Izzy Werdann went 1 for 1 at the plate. The Rebels also got help from red-shirt sophomore Autumn Gillespie and others in the 12-2 win.
Ole Miss softball will finally face Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Sunday in the first of a 2-game series. First pitch is set for 4pm CT from the Ole Miss Softball Complex in Oxford. Of course, good luck to coach Mike Smith and the Rebels! Hotty Toddy!