AUBURN, Ala. – The Ole Miss softball team couldn’t cool off Auburn’s hot bats Friday evening at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala., and fell to the Tigers 9-0 in the two teams’ series opener.
Junior pitcher Carly Hummel threw a complete game for the Rebels (19-22, 1-12 Southeastern Conference), striking out six. It was the second time in her last three outings that Hummel has struck out six batters.
At the plate, junior right fielder Natalie Nimmo recorded her third double in the last two games, and freshman second baseman Melina Preciado and junior center fielder RT Cantillo each had singles.
Defensively, junior catcher Marina Parra threw out her SEC-leading 13th base runner attempting to steal.
Auburn scored one run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly to center field by Brooke Lathan that scored Morgan Estell.
Ole Miss’ best scoring opportunity came in the second inning. After a double by Nimmo with one out away, Preciado hit a single up the middle to put runners on the corners for the Rebels. After a foul out, Preciado stole second base, her first steal of the year, but Ole Miss couldn’t bring either runner home.
Auburn stretched its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the second with a grand slam by right fielder Branndi Melero with two outs away.
The Tigers scored one run in each of the third and fourth innings to take a 7-0 lead, and won the game on a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the six.
Game two of Ole Miss and Auburn’s three-game series is scheduled to begin Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. First pitch of Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m. CT.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, including live stats and results of Saturday and Sunday’s games, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review April 7-13, 2015 Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (18-18) as well as 7-8 in SEC play. After dropping a... read more
The baseball team claimed claimed their second series of the second over the nation's top-ranked team in dramatic fashion. The football team wrapped up spring practice. And the men's and women's tennis teams closed out their respective regular seasons and... read more
At one point, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said, all three quarterbacks had completed around 66 percent of their passes, a testament to how close the competition has been this spring. Going into the Grove Bowl, Freeze said one had a... read more
Former Ole Miss head coach Billy Brewer almost did not sign Chucky Mullins, whose memory has been honored with the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. Nate Wayne, a four-year letterman for the Rebels and the 1997 recipient of the award, who... read more
#RebelNation here are the Red and Blue rosters for tomorrow's Regions Bank Grove Bowl. See you there! pic.twitter.com/FZptUEkW4P-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 10, 2015 Three areas to watch as Ole Miss splits into two teams for the annual Regions... read more
Junior cornerback Tee Shepard's story has been well-documented. Shepard is hearing impaired, but since he has arrived at Ole Miss, he has been the beneficiary of new hearing technology that has allowed him to hear sounds, such as a coach's... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2015Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (16-16). - The Rebels claimed a midweek victory over Memphis before dropping... read more
Six former Rebels begin the 2015 Major League Baseball on opening day rosters. Chris Coghlan, Zack Cozart and Seth Smith all started or are slated to start on opening day for their respective teams. Lance Lynn and Drew Pomeranz will begin the season... read more