OXFORD, Miss. – Returning from a long, seven-day, five-game road trip, the Ole Miss softball team (18-13, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) lost its conference home opener Friday night to No. 8 Missouri 11-0 in five innings, as the Tigers combined to throw a no-hitter.
“It was a tough way to open our SEC home schedule, but luckily one game counts as one game and it’s a long season,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We definitely have some adjustments to make on the mound, and offensively. We will come back out tomorrow and start the game at 0-0.”
Game two of the series begins Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. CT. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT.
Fans will be able to enter a raffle Saturday to win a digital camera, and Sunday, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, fans will get green eye black, and a ‘Kiss Me I’m a Rebel’ button.
Saturday will also be the first Crawfish Saturday of the season, and Sunday will be the first Sundae Sunday. One hundred pounds of crawfish will be available for fans in the outfield free of charge on Saturday. Sundaes will be free at the concession stand on Sunday while supplies last.
After falling behind 2-0 in the opening frame Friday night, junior RT Cantillo kept the Tigers off the board in the second inning with a beautiful throw from center field to senior catcher Kelly Nolan, who made the tag at the plate on Missouri’s Jenna Marston.
The Rebels couldn’t cool off the Missouri bats though, and the Tigers put four more runs on the board in the third and fourth innings, and hit a solo home run in the fifth to take the 11-0 lead.
Friday was the first time Ole Miss and Missouri had faced each other since Feb. 16, 1997, the Rebels’ third game in program history. In fact, Ole Miss’ first game in program history was one day earlier against the Tigers.
Mizzou, which has advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals in each of the last five years, got a combined no-hitter from senior pitchers Chelsea Thomas and Nicole Hudson. Though Thomas started, Hudson picked up the win to move to 5-0 on the season because Thomas did not pitch the minimum number of innings required.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, including live stats and recaps of Saturday and Sunday’s games, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
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