AUBURN, Ala. – Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown had a career day at the plate, going 4-4 with a career-high five RBI, and the Ole Miss softball team earned a dramatic 11-9 victory over Auburn on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala.
The two teams exchanged leads and momentum throughout the game, as the Rebels used four different pitchers to secure the win. In the end, junior Carly Hummel picked up her ninth victory of the season, throwing the final two innings while allowing just a single hit.
“This was a good weekend for our girls to get close and understand that winning isn’t easy, it’s very, very hard,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “Today they just refused to lose. They said, ‘Nope, we’re winning. We’re going to come up and we’re going to come up with big hits.”
The Rebels (20-23, 2-13 Southeastern Conference) scored their 11 runs on 14 hits, their highest total since March 2, when they had 15 hits. Brown’s career-high tying four hits included her fourth home run of the season.
“She’s definitely a leader on our team, and she has been all year long,” said Thees of Brown. “Before this weekend she was more of a quiet leader and we had to ask her to step up and be a little more vocal, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Allison be more vocal than she was this weekend. That’s such a big key for our team to have that out of her. For her, that’s going to take her to the next level. She’s already a great player, but I think that will take her to a great, elite player.”
“It was like a beach ball,” said Brown of the softball when she was at the plate. “Honestly, I wasn’t looking for a certain pitch when I was up there. I was just looking for a pitch up that I could drive. In my last at bat, it wasn’t a good pitch, but because my mindset was on that, it helped me get that hit.”
Senior left fielder Brittany Broome finished the game with three hits on five at-bats, scoring two runs and stealing one base, her 28th of the season. Broome’s 28 stolen bases are a new Ole Miss single season record.
Freshman first baseman Madi Osias went 2-4 at the plate, hitting her second home run of the season and knocking in three RBI.
The Rebels got on the board in the third inning with four runs. With one out away, Broome hit an infield single to third base. Broome then stole second, and was driven in on a single to right field by Brown. After a single through the left side by senior designated player Erinn Jayjohn, Osias hit a three-run home run over the right field wall to give Ole Miss a 4-0 lead.
Auburn responded with four runs of its own in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 4-4.
Ole Miss then answered with a two-run home run to left field by Brown to give the Rebels a 6-4 lead.
The two teams continued to trade runs in the bottom of the fourth as Auburn scored two runs on three hits to tie the game again at 6-6.
Auburn took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run home run over the right field wall to take an 8-6 lead. A solo home run to center field three batters later gave the Tigers a 9-6 lead.
Ole Miss then tied the game in the top of the sixth with three more runs to make it 9-9. With the bases loaded and two outs away, Ole Miss scored two runs on a passed ball strikeout with Jayjohn at bat, who made it to first safely. Then, two batters later, freshman shortstop Haley Culley hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Brown from third.
In the top of the seventh, junior second baseman Marina Parra advanced freshman catcher Natalie Martinez to second base on a sacrifice bunt after Martinez earned a lead-off walk. Martinez then reached third on a fielding error by Auburn with junior center fielder RT Cantillo at bat. After Cantillo stole second, Brown hit the game-winning two-RBI single to right field to give Ole Miss the 11-9 lead.
The Rebels will play again Tuesday when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 5 p.m. CT. The Rebels are 2-0 against the Lady Lions this season, defeating UAPB 4-0 and 16-0 (5) in a doubleheader Feb. 27.
Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more
By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more
Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more
It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more