No.17 Ole Miss softball was at home in Oxford this past weekend for the Ole Miss Classic and finished with a 3-1 record after a loss to USM.
Ole Miss softball (13-3) hosted the Ole Miss Classic this past weekend in Oxford. Ole Miss faced four very tough teams and played very well thru the first three games. The Rebels picked up a 10-2 win over UT-Martin Friday night and then picked up wins in their two games Saturday.
The Rebels got a 3-1 win over Saint Louis and another 10-2 win over Chattanooga. Sunday the Rebels fell 5-2 to the USM Golden Eagles. Once again Ole Miss softball showed they can be a very productive ball team against quality competition and should continue to do well as they are nearing conference play.
So far this season the Rebels have lived up to the expectations of Ole Miss softball fans. Of course, we are excited over our Ole Miss softball team and we’ll take a look at the Rebels weekend and the numbers from each game.
By The Numbers
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Senior Kaitlin Lee handled the start for the Rebels in the circle against the Skyhawks. Lee went a complete 5 innings and had 3 Ks while allowing only 1 earned run on 6 hits.
At the plate the Rebels turned up the heat early and often. Eight Rebels hitters combined for 10 runs on 12 hits. Freshman Amanda Roth went 3 for 3 in the game while knocking in 4 RBI and scoring 2 runs. Senior Alex Schneider went 2 for 2 while having a RBI and scoring 2 runs.
Also in the mix was freshman Abbey Lathem who went 2 for 3. Lathem had a RBI and scored a run. Red-shirt sophomore Autumn Gillespie went 1 for 2 with a RBI while junior Celeste Wood went 1 for 3 and scored a run. Freshman Ally Mena also went 1 for 3 in the game and had a RBI and a run scored. Senior Elantra Cox went 1 for 4 while Izzy Werdann went 1 for 1 as PH.
Saint Louis 3-1
Junior Brittany Finney drew the start for Ole Miss against the Billikins. Finney went 7 innings complete and had 7 Ks in the circle. Finney allowed 1 earned run on 6 hits. At the plate three Rebels combined for 3 runs on 4 hits.
Sophomore Kaylee Horton led all Rebels hitters going 2 for 3 with a RBI. Senior Alex Schneider went 1 for 3 and scored a run. Freshman Amanda Roth went 1 for 1 at the plate. Sophomore Autumn Gillespie and senior Bry Castro each scored runs.
Freshman Anna Borgen handled the start in the circle for Ole Miss softball. Borgen went 3 complete innings and allowed no runs on just 3 hits. Borgen has 1 K. Sophomore Morgan Bruce entered the game in the 4th and pitched 1 inning. Bruce allowed no runs on 2 hits while etching 1 K in her appearance. Freshman Ava Tillman entered the circle in the 5th and pitched the final frame. Tillman allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits. Morgan Bruce picked up the win for her second of the season.
At the plate the Rebels turned the hitting up and found a groove. 5 Rebels combined for 7 hits in the game. Sophomore Autumn Gillespie went 2 for 2 knocking in 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Senior Elantra Cox went 2 for 3 at the plate. Cox had a RBI and scored 2 runs.
Sophomore Kaylee Horton went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Red-shirt freshman Gabby Alvarez went 1 for 1 and also had 2 RBI and a run scored. Also hitting the ball well was junior Brittany Finney who went 1 for 1. Senior Alex Schneider and freshman Amanda Roth both had a RBI.
Southern Miss 2-5
This was the obvious showcase game for the Ole Miss Classic and a trap game for the Rebels. Senior Kaitlin Lee was the starter in the circle for Ole Miss as they faced Southern Miss. Lee went just 2.2 innings allowing 5 earned runs on 9 hits. Lee had 1 K. Freshman Anna Borgen entered in the third and went 4.1 innings in the circle. Borgen allowed no runs on 1 hit. However, Borgen did have a WP which scored a run.
At the plate the Rebels pitchers found little help. Five Rebels went for 6 hits which led to just 2 runs. Senior Paige McKinney went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI. Senior Alex Schneider and freshman Amanda Roth each went 1 for 2 at the plate with Schneider scoring 2 runs. Kylan Becker went 1 for 3 while sophomore Autumn Gillespie went 1 for 4.
Softball can have some strange twists when it comes to wins and losses. It is very difficult to avoid losses from time to and this game was one of those cases. Of course, this game will help the Rebels get better as the season goes on and we should see wide open softball coming up as soon as tonight.
The Rebels will be back action Tuesday night at 6pm CT as they host Boston College in a midweek match-up. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. Good luck to coach Mike Smith and Ole Miss softball. Hotty Toddy!