FORT MYERS, Fla. – Ole Miss scored two runs in the opening three innings against Georgetown on Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., but errors in the fifth and sixth innings proved to be too costly and the Rebels fell 9-2 in the third-place game of the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational.
“We were kind of rolling along there and we made a change on the mound – Emily Gaitan had a great outing against Georgetown yesterday, and she had some good stuff, but she couldn’t find the exact spots to put it to keep us in there,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We got two outs and had to go to Madi Osias and got a ground ball we wanted, but we just did not make our defensive plays. It was a little bit of youth, and a little bit of our mindset being on offense when we were on defense, and on defense when we were on offense. We can’t do that. We can’t carry it from one side of the field to the other.”
Ole Miss (2-3) outhit the Hoyas 9-7 on the day, but seven unearned runs off four Rebel errors allowed Georgetown to get the victory.
“We were hitting the ball hard at some people, but we need to make sure we don’t just score and sit on it,” Thees said. “That puts a lot of pressure on our defense and our pitchers, and when one mistake happens the wheels can’t fall off like they did today. What we want to do is make sure we continue to get people on, get them over and get them in. We need a whole team full of RBI producers, and we have that, we just need the right mindset.”
Senior right fielder Natalie Nimmo got the Rebels on the board first in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to the left-center field gap that scored Osias from second base.
With runners on the corners in the bottom of the third, Ole Miss executed a double steal, scoring senior RT Cantillo from third and giving the Rebels a 2-0 advantage.
Georgetown came back in the top of the fifth inning with five runs off four walks, an error and a single to take a 5-2 lead.
The Hoyas then scored four more runs the next inning on three hits and three errors to take a 9-2 lead that would prove to be the final score.
Ole Miss will play again Friday when it opens play at the College of Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., against Fordham (8:00 a.m. CT) and Kansas (12:30 p.m. CT). The Rebels will also face host College of Charleston, DePaul and Western Carolina in the tournament.
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