||Ole Miss softball cruises to doubleheader sweep
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) — The Ole Miss softball team was red-hot Tuesday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex as it cruised to 18-5 (5) and 13-1 (5) victories in its doubleheader vs. Alcorn State.
The Rebels scored in each of the eight innings it came up to bat, and of the 15 outs recorded in game two Tuesday, 11 came by way of strikeout.
“I really like the way our hitters adjusted to their pitchers,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “They did a good job of driving the ball to all fields with someone who’s kind of challenging with more off-speed pitches. That was tough in the beginning to get our foot down, but then we really came through and hit the ball hard.
“Carly Hummel obviously did a great job for three innings (in game two), then we put Shelby Jo Fenter in to get an inning of work. We’re trying to work on our pitches and get everybody ready for this weekend. Then Emily Gaitan came in and struck out the side. It was good for all of our pitchers to get some innings, face batters who aren’t ourselves, and I’m proud of them.”
Hummel got the win in game two, striking out six batters among the nine she faced in three innings of work.
Redshirt freshman Alyssa Invergo went 3-3 in game two Tuesday, with three RBIs, two runs scored and a two-run home run, her third of the season. Senior RT Cantillo went 2-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored, while junior Allison Brown went 3-4 with two RBIs.
After scoring one run in the bottom of the first in game two, Ole Miss (22-22) scored four runs on five hits in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Rebels then added five runs on seven hits in the third inning and three more runs on two hits in the fourth inning to close out their scoring.
Of the 12 batters who stepped up to bat for Ole Miss, nine batters recorded at least one hit, including five batters who notched multi-hit games.
Ole Miss will now head north to Columbia, Mo., to take on No. 13 Missouri in a two-day, three-game series. It will mark the first time the Rebels have faced Missouri in Columbia. With Easter being Sunday, the two schools will play a doubleheader Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. CT, followed by the series finale Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ole Miss had a a season-high 18 hits in game one. The Rebels’ 18 runs scored were their highest total since scoring 22 runs Feb. 13, 2008, which is the highest single-game total in program history.
Junior Londen Ladner and sophomore Madi Osias, among others, led Ole Miss offensively. Ladner finished 3-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored and one home run, her team-high seventh of the season. Osias went a perfect 3-3 at the plate with four RBIs, four runs, a home run, her fifth of the year, and a walk.
Senior Natalie Nimmo went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run, and freshman Miranda Strother went 2-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Redshirt freshman Emily Gaitan stepped up to the plate for the first time this season, and promptly hit a two-RBI double to the fence.
Ole Miss came out of the gates on fire in Tuesday’s opening game, plating six runs on five hits to take a commanding 6-0 lead after one inning of play.
After scoring two more runs in the second inning, Ole Miss scored five runs in each of the next two innings to reach its season-high total of 18 for the game.
Junior Lauren Lindsey picked up the win, her first of the year, striking out three in three innings of work, while walking one and allowing just one hit. Freshman Emily Boyd came in to start the fourth inning and closed out the game by pitching the final two innings.