OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss softball team had its back against the wall in game two of Sunday's doubleheader against No. 3 Florida, but fought back to score seven unanswered runs and get within one run of the tie. The Gators held on though, and Ole Miss (19-21, 1-11 Southeastern Conference) fell 8-7 in the series finale.
The Rebels, playing a doubleheader Sunday due to rain all day Saturday postponing the second game of the three-game series, dropped the first game of the day by an 8-0 score.
Ole Miss was led in the series finale by a four-RBI performance at the plate from sophomore third baseman Allison Brown, highlighted by a grand slam over the left-center field wall to bring the Rebels within two.
Florida opened the game by scoring one run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly deep to center field by Briana Little with the bases loaded.
The Gators stretched the lead to 4-0 in the top of the third on a three-run home run to left-center by Taylor Schwarz.
Florida plated four more runs in the top of the fifth on five hits.
Trailing 8-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, Ole Miss showed its fight and rallied back. With zero outs away and Melina Preciado on third and Nimmo on second after her first double of the afternoon, senior left fielder Brittany Broome hit an RBI single through the left side. Culley then hit an RBI single of her own to left field that scored Nimmo from third and the Rebels were within six. Following a walk by Cantillo to load the bases, Brown hit a grand slam to left center to pull the Rebels within two at 6-8. It was the third home run of the season for Brown, and her first career grand slam.
Ole Miss tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Cantillo to left field that scored Nimmo from third.
Ole Miss finished with 10 hits in the game, including four doubles and one home run.
Ole Miss will play again Friday at Auburn at 6 p.m. CT. The Rebels and Tigers will continue their three-game series Saturday at 6 p.m. CT, and finish it Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Ole Miss Drops Game One of Doubleheader to Florida
OXFORD, Miss. - A strong first inning by the Florida bats proved to be too much for the Ole Miss Rebels, as the No. 3 Gators took game one of Sunday's doubleheader by an 8-0 count.
The Rebels' defense had a solid day in the field, turning two double plays and not committing an error. Culley had six assists defensively, including assisting on all three outs in the top of the fourth in order.
Florida scored five runs on two hits in the first inning, scoring one run on a walk with the bases loaded followed by a grand slam by right fielder Kelsey Horton.
The Gators brought two more runs home in the top of the second with a two-run home run by third baseman Stephanie Tofft to center field to take a 7-0 lead.
Florida finished the game with a solo home run by Little to give the Gators the final score of 8-0.
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