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.
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