FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Ole Miss softball team outhit each of its opponents Friday afternoon in Fort Myers, Fla., but too many runners left on base proved to be too much to overcome in a pair of 3-2 losses to Western Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast on day one of the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational.
“We played two really good teams, our players came ready to play and we played some solid defense,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We made a couple bad pitches and the long ball killed us today, really. That was it. We outhit our opponents and we hit the ball well, we just left too many runners on base. In two games, when you leave 19 runners on base it’s really hard to come out with a win.”
Ole Miss (0-2) outhit Florida Gulf Coast 12-4 in the second game of the day for the Rebels. All nine Ole Miss starters recorded at least one hit against the Eagles (1-0), including two hits from RT Cantillo, Miranda Strother and Marina Parra.
FGCU took the early lead in the game with a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the first inning.
The Eagles added another run to the board in the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left field.
Ole Miss cut into the Eagles’ lead in the top of the fourth with a two-RBI single to left field from Parra, bringing the score to 3-2.
Trailing by one still in the top of the seventh, the Rebels put two runs on base but could not drive them home and fell to the tournament host by a 3-2 score. In all, Ole Miss left 11 runners on base to FGCU’s four.
“Offensively, we’re right on the cusp of where we need to be,” Thees said. “Every single person in our lineup had a chance to score some runners at second and third today and we just didn’t make it happen. Sometimes it was line shots to the outfield that were outs; we just got unlucky sometimes too. We have to come through. Even if it’s a crummy hit, we have to come through with a hit in those situations and let our pitchers get a little more breathing room. And our pitching just can’t give up the home runs.”
On day two of the tournament Saturday, Ole Miss faces Georgetown at 9:00 a.m. CT, followed by a matchup against Liberty at 1:30 p.m. CT. The Rebels close out play in the tournament Sunday with the opponent and time of game to be determined.
Ole Miss got off to a strong start in its season opener Friday vs. Western Kentucky at the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., but could not hold on to top WKU, losing 3-2.
Sophomore designated player Madi Osias opened up the scoring for the Rebels with an RBI double to the warning track in right field on the first pitch she saw. Osias’ double scored shortstop Haley Culley from second base and gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
Senior pitcher Carly Hummel faced a jam in the top of the second as the Hilltoppers put runners on first and third with only one out away. The Rebels got out of the jam unscathed though thanks to a nice catch by junior right fielder Jamie Morgan on the warning track, along with a strikeout by Hummel.
Ole Miss put runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth with two outs away, but could not add to its lead after Western Kentucky center fielder India Steward made a fantastic, diving catch on a well-hit ball by Morgan.
The Hilltoppers took their first lead of the game at 2-1 with a two-run home run to center field by designated player Andie Martin in the top of fifth.
Ole Miss responded in the bottom-half of the inning as senior first baseman Londen Ladner hit an RBI single to left field to score Cantillo from second.
The Hilltoppers regained the lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI triple to right-center, but the Ole Miss defense prevented any more runs from coming in, thanks in part to a nice toss from pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter to Parra on a sacrifice squeeze.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Culley drew a walk to put the tying run on base with one out away, but the Rebels could not bring her home.
In all, six different Rebels recorded base hits against WKU.
Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review April 7-13, 2015 Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (18-18) as well as 7-8 in SEC play. After dropping a... read more
The baseball team claimed claimed their second series of the second over the nation's top-ranked team in dramatic fashion. The football team wrapped up spring practice. And the men's and women's tennis teams closed out their respective regular seasons and... read more
At one point, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said, all three quarterbacks had completed around 66 percent of their passes, a testament to how close the competition has been this spring. Going into the Grove Bowl, Freeze said one had a... read more
Former Ole Miss head coach Billy Brewer almost did not sign Chucky Mullins, whose memory has been honored with the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. Nate Wayne, a four-year letterman for the Rebels and the 1997 recipient of the award, who... read more
#RebelNation here are the Red and Blue rosters for tomorrow's Regions Bank Grove Bowl. See you there! pic.twitter.com/FZptUEkW4P-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 10, 2015 Three areas to watch as Ole Miss splits into two teams for the annual Regions... read more
Junior cornerback Tee Shepard's story has been well-documented. Shepard is hearing impaired, but since he has arrived at Ole Miss, he has been the beneficiary of new hearing technology that has allowed him to hear sounds, such as a coach's... read more