OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss pitchers Carly Hummel, Shelby Jo Fenter and Madi Osias were in a groove Wednesday evening at the Ole Miss Softball Complex as they combined to throw a no-hitter against Louisiana Tech, leading the Rebels to a 3-0 victory.
It was the sixth no-hitter in Ole Miss softball history, and the first combined no-hitter in program history.
Hummel, who has two no-hitters at Ole Miss, including the first perfect game in school history, which occurred earlier this season, pitched the opening four innings, striking out five and allowing zero walks. Fenter then pitched the next two innings with one strikeout and no walks before Osias came in to pick up the save, striking out one and walking one in the seventh. In all, Ole Miss (17-13) retired the first 19 batters of the game in order.
"Carly's been our ace so far this season, but she's thrown a lot of innings so going into the game I knew I wanted to throw her for at most four innings," Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. "Shelby Jo is coming off an injury and I wanted to get her out there before we face Arkansas just to get her an inning or so. So, I had a plan before hand and then of course you go into a perfect game and you're like, `No, stick to the plan, stick to the plan.' So we did."
After the game, Thees was pleased to see how close the Rebel pitching staff was and how much they each enjoyed the accomplishment together as a unit.
"Our pitching staff is really close this year," Thees said. "One thing we talked about before the year was pitching by staff. I told them about the Atlanta Braves staff I used to love growing up. They fed off each other. That's what I want my pitching staff to be like. I want them to be each other's biggest fans and feed off each other and they did a good job of that. They were so excited for each other."
All three of Ole Miss' runs came in the bottom of the third inning. Senior outfielder RT Cantillo led off the inning with a home run to center field, her first of the season. Osias, playing as the designated player at the time, added to the Rebels' total with a two-RBI double down the left-field line four batters later. Ole Miss outhit the Lady Techsters (8-20) by an 8-0 count.
Ole Miss faces Arkansas (21-8, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) this weekend in an SEC matchup. The Rebels and Razorbacks will play at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday. Sunday's game will air on Fox Sports South and will begin at 3 p.m. CT.
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