Ole Miss Falls 2-1 to LSU In Historic Night in Baton Rouge
April 6, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. - In a night that will go down as one of the most epic in the history of SEC softball, Ole Miss (18-15, 3-10 SEC) and LSU (31-6, 6-3 SEC) battled for four hours and thirty-four minutes. In the end, LSU won the marathon contest in 19 innings, 2-1, tying the SEC record for the longest game in conference-history.
In a career full of incredible performances, Friday's ranks near if not at the top for Rebel pitcher Kaitlin Lee. The senior threw all 18.2 innings for Ole Miss, surrendering a pair of runs on eight hits. Lee threw 256 pitches in the game, with her counterpart, Allie Walljasper tossing 237 in 19 innings.
Ole Miss' only run came just two batters into the game, with Kaylee Horton smacking a sharp single through the left side to lead off. During the next at-bat, Kylan Becker hit a soft roller but the throw to first went wide and up the line, allowing Horton to come all the way around and score, giving the Rebels a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.
The Tigers nearly tied the game up in the home half as Shemiah Sanchez launched a double into the right-center gap but Celeste Wood, Horton and Autumn Gillespie teamed up to cut the runner down at the plate, ending the frame.
LSU tied the game in the fifth as Michaela Schlattman was given new life due to an illegal pitch call and followed with a leadoff single. Schlattman then moved to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Taryn Antoine's single to shallow right field.
With neither team able to provide any more offense through regulation play, the game extended into extra innings.
Ole Miss had a tremendous opportunity to score in the 10th after Amanda Roth led off with a single and Elantra Cox reached on a throwing error that put two runners in scoring position with no outs. However, a failed safety squeeze resulted in two outs and the Rebels failed to bring any runs home.
From there, neither team had too much offense to speak of. Ole Miss' best chance to score came in the 18th, when Paige McKinney led off with a bloop double. However, the senior was left stranded at third to end the inning.
LSU finally broke through in the 19th. Antoine led off with a single up the middle that narrowly evaded Lee's glove and moved up to second on a groundout. With two outs, Amanda Doyle fisted a ball into left and McKinney's dive came up just short as Antoine scored the walk-off run.
The Rebels and Tigers will meet up again on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on SEC Network +.
- The 19-inning ball game is not only the longest game in Ole Miss history by five frames, it is tied for the longest game in SEC history. Alabama and Arkansas also played a 19-inning thriller in 1999.
- With her 18.2 innings pitched, Kaitlin Lee broke the single-game Ole Miss record.
- Lee set a new career-high with nine strikeouts in the contest.
- Of the 493 pitches thrown by Lee and LSU's Allie Walljasper, only 15 went for a hit.
- Junior Celeste Wood was the only Rebel with multiple hits, going 2-for-8 at the plate.
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