No. 22 Rebels Fall to No. 7 Texas A&M
March 18, 2017

Box Score

OXFORD, Miss. – No. 7 Texas A&M plated six runs in the second inning and No. 22 Ole Miss couldn’t overcome the early deficit, falling 8-0, Saturday afternoon in the middle game of the series.

The Aggies (24-2, 4-1 SEC) sent 10 hitters to the plate in the second and scored the first four off a grand slam, before a 2-RBI single capped the scoring in the early frame. Sarah Hudek went on to hit a 2-run home run to straightaway center in the fifth capping the scoring on the afternoon.

After Ole Miss’ starting pitcher Alyssa Clayton was tagged with five runs off three hits in just an inning of work, junior Kaitlin Lee came in and gave up three more runs off four hits in the final four frames.

The Rebels managed just two hits on the afternoon, one from Elantra Cox in the third inning, and another from Sarah Van Schaik in the fifth. Dylinn Stancil and Courtney Syrett both reached on a walk each, and Kylan Becker also reached once on an error.

After Clayton retired the Aggies in order to start off, the Rebels put their first runner on when Becker reached on an E5. She then broke for second on a steal and ultimately ended up at third, but was called out for leaving early at first ending any threat.


 

 

Texas A&M began its big second as the leadoff hitter reached on a single, before the bases were loaded after a walk and hit by pitch. That’s when Kristen Cuyos stepped up and blasted a grand slam to left field, putting the Aggies in front 4-0. After another single, Lee entered in relief and surrendered a single down the right field line scoring two more, but Becker gunned down the hitter trying to advance.

In the next two frames, Ole Miss put a combined three runners on after Stancil walked in the second, then Syrett walked and Cox singled in the third, but nothing came from it keeping the score at 6-0 in favor of the Aggies.

After Texas A&M added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth thanks to a Sarah Hudek 2-run shot, Van Schaik gave the Rebels some life with a single to right, but two strikeouts and a groundout ended the game.

Quick Hits

  • Senior Miranda Strother, who entered the game with a 21 game reached-base streak, snapped it after going 0-for-2.
  • Freshman Dylinn Stancil extended her reached-base streak to seven games, while Sarah Van Schaik, in her second-straight start as the DP, extended hers to eight.
  • Sophomore Kylan Becker recorded her team-best fifth outfield assist of the season, cutting down a runner at second base in the second inning.

On Deck
The Rebels close the series with No. 7 Texas A&M Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, with postgame autographs to follow on the field.

For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

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