No.19 ranked Ole Miss softball had a rough week and it got even worse Sunday against No.7 Texas A&M as the Aggies swept the series against the Rebels.
Ole Miss softball (13-7, 0-3) was on a roll until just over a week ago. After a loss to Houston in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge the Rebels had won nine straight games. The Rebels were in control going into last Sundays game with Southern Miss but fell to the Golden Eagles. Then came the midweek loss at home to Boston College. And then the Rebels had to begin SEC play with Texas A&M.
Of course, the Rebels entered the Sunday match-up with A&M with 4 consecutive losses and it didn’t get much better as the Rebels and Aggies faced off in a pitching battle. The two teams kept the game scoreless thru 4 and 1/2 frames then the Aggies struck with the 2 lone runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Rebels defense hung tight the rest of the game but the Rebels offense couldn’t produce and Ole Miss were swept by the Aggies in a 2-0 game-three decision.
Of course, the series sweep obviously hurt the Rebels in SEC play but they did turn up the defense in the final game. The problem with Ole Miss softball throughout the series was with the lack of offensive production. When we look at the numbers from the final game we see it clearly.
By The Numbers
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Senior Kaitlin Lee (8-3) drew the start for the Rebels in the circle. Lee pitched the entire game for Ole Miss going 6.0 innings. Lee allowed 2 earned runs on just 5 hits with 1 K and 2 BB.
At the plate the Rebels struggled to get anything positive in the game and only produced 2 hits against the Aggies ace Lexi Smith. Senior Paige McKinney went 1 for 2 while junior Kylan Becker went 1 for 3 on the day.
Amazingly enough No.7 Texas A&M didn’t completely knock Ole Miss softball out of the Top-25. The Rebels dropped a few spots but are now ranked No.22 in the USA Softball poll and No.23 in the NFCA Coaches poll.
Before continuing SEC play this upcoming weekend against South Carolina in Oxford, the Rebels will hit the road. Ole Miss softball will be traveling for a midweek game with the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (12-10, 1-2).
First pitch for the midweek matchup is set for 5pm Wednesday from Hammond, Louisiana. The game will be televised via LionVision. Good luck to coach Mike Smith and Ole Miss softball. Hotty Toddy!