OXFORD, Miss. - Senior Amanda Hutcheson went 3-for-3 at the plate with a career-high three hits and three RBI and senior Kendall Bruning picked up the complete-game victory as Ole Miss downed Belmont 6-0 on day two at the Red and Blue Classic.
Second baseman Corrine Doornberg led off the Ole Miss first with an infield single and later scored on a wild pitch by Belmont starter Mia Vierra to give the Rebels an early 1-0 lead. Ole Miss added to its lead in the second with three more runs, highlighted by a two-run single up the middle by Hutcheson.
Ole Miss tacked two more runs in the sixth on an RBI triple to right center from freshman shortstop Allison Brown and another RBI single up the middle from Hutcheson. Brown finished the game with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while junior Brittany Broome posted two hits and scored two runs in three at-bats.
Bruning (6-2) earned the complete-game shutout after allowing just two hits in 7.0 scoreless innings. She struck out a season-high eight batters and issued just one walk in her fifth complete game of the season.
Ole Miss (7-6) will face Belmont again tomorrow at 10 a.m., in the final game of the Red and Blue Classic. Chattanooga and Troy will face off the championship game at 12:15 p.m.
Freshman Lauren Lindsey allowed just two unearned runs in 5.0 innings of relief and sophomore Natalie Nimmo smashed a bases-loaded, three-run double in the sixth inning, but the Rebels’ comeback effort fell short as Ole Miss dropped the second game of the Red and Blue Classic 5-3 to Chattanooga on Saturday.
Chattanooga took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a solo home run from centerfielder Cheyenne Willis and added to the lead in the second on another solo homer from catcher Vivian Morimoto and an RBI single by second baseman Sara Poteat. An RBI single from Nicole Osterman in the third extended the Lady Moc lead to 4-0.
Ole Miss loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth on a booted ground ball by UTC shortstop Jessica Traxler and a pair of infield singles from Amanda Hutcheson and RT Cantillo. First baseman Londen Lander struck out swinging for the second out, but Natalie Nimmo smashed a line-drive double to the wall in right center that cleared the bases and cut the Chattanooga lead to 5-3.
The Rebels threatened again in the bottom of the seventh after back-to-back singles from Marina Parra and Dallas Hardin gave Ole Miss runners on first and second with one down. Allison Brown grounded out to move the runners into scoring position, but Kelly Nolan struck out to end the Rebels’ comeback effort.
Lindsey pitched a career-long 5.0 innings in relief of starter Erinn Jayjohn and allowed just two unearned runs on seven hits. She struck out five and walked two. Jayjohn started and gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits in 2.0 innings of work.
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