Game-three of the series with No.10 Auburn proved to be much better for Ole Miss softball than the first two games as the Rebels got the walk-off win.
Ole Miss softball (17-14, 3-9) was coming off back to back losses to the No.10 Auburn Tigers (33-7, 7-5). After losing a tough 3-1 game Friday night, the Rebels followed up with a 5-1 loss Saturday. The Rebels would have to respond big on Easter Sunday to avoid the sweep and their 10th SEC loss of the season. Of course, with it being a busy weekend for Ole Miss sports we are going to rundown both game-two and game-three here.
Saturday game-two stayed scoreless through the first two innings. In the top of the 3rd Auburn opened up a 3-run frame to take the 3-0 lead. With the score still 3-0 heading into the 5th the Tigers added 2 insurance runs to extend the lead to 5-0. In the bottom of the frame the Rebels their only run to cut the lead to 5-1. The Rebels couldn’t put a rally together and fell to the Tigers 5-1.
Easter Sunday turned out to be a bad April Fools joke for the Auburn Tigers. The Rebels jumped on the board first in game-three. Scoreless thru 3.5 innings the Rebels struck in the bottom of the 4th with 2 runs. With the 2-0 lead the Rebels held the Tigers scoreless thru the 5th but Auburn answered with 1 run in the 6th.
With the lead cut 2-1 the Tigers added another run in the top the top of the 7th to tie the game 2-2. After a scoreless top in the 8th, with 2 outs Amanda Roth jacked a shot over the left-field wall to earn the walk-off 3-2 win. The win was nice but there are still improvements to be made. For now we’ll look at these two games by the numbers.
By The Numbers
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Freshman left-hander Anna Borgen (2-5) drew the start in the circle for the Rebels. Borgen went 2.0 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits. Borgen had 1 BB. After Borgen faced 3 Tigers batters in the 3rd coach Mike Smith made the call and freshman right-hander Ava Tillman entered. Tillman went 5.0 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits. Tillman also had 1 BB.
At the plate there were 4 Rebels who combined for 8 hits Saturday with 2 Rebels having multiple hit games. Juniors Celeste Wood and Brittany Finney both went 3 for 3 at the plate against very good Auburn pitching. Sophomore Autumn Gillespie and freshman Amanda Roth both went 1 for 3. Sophomore Kaylee Horton had 1 RBI.
This was another game which the Rebels failed to produce consistently throughout the batting order. Once this team begins to hit on a consistent basis they’ll be hard to beat. However, they have failed in recent weeks to do so. Of course, in this game, 2 errors didn’t help the outcome.
Senior right-hander Kaitlin Lee (11-6) drew the start for the Easter Sunday game-three. Lee went for 8.0 innings for the complete game and allowed just 1 earned run on 6 hits. Lee had 2 Ks and 4 BB. Of course, Lee was as solid as she has been all season and looked really good in the circle. The win was Lee’s 11th on the season.
At the plate 7 Rebels exploded for 12 hits in the game with 3 Rebels having multiple hit games. Junior Kylan Becker led all Rebels going 4 for 4 and scoring a run. Senior Elantra Cox went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI while sophomore Kaylee Horton went 2 for 4 in the lead-off spot. Freshman Amanda Roth, who had the big hit of the day, went 1 for 2 (HR) of course with 1 RBI and a run scored.
Juniors Celeste Wood and Brittany Finney both went 1 for 4 at the plate. Wood had a run scored. Sophomore Autumn Gillespie also went 1 for 4 but had 1 RBI. Although the Rebels had sound pitching from Kaitlin Lee, the Rebels got more production from their lineup and it made a huge difference from games one and two to game-three.
Ole Miss softball will be back in action this Wednesday as they travel to Hattiesburg to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (14-25, 4-8 CUSA). USM softball is coming off a 5 consecutive losses which included a sweep by Louisiana Tech this weekend. USM will face South Alabama Tuesday night. Of course, the Golden Eagles won the last meeting with the Rebels in the Ole Miss Classic 5-2. First pitch for the midweek in-state match-up is set for 6pm CT and will be televised via CUSA TV PPV. Good luck to coach Mike Bianco and the Rebels. BEAT THE BIRDS! Hotty Toddy!