Rebel Softball Dealt Tough Walk-Off Defeat at LSU
April 7, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. - For the second-straight game, Ole Miss (18-16, 3-11 SEC) came up on the wrong side of a great pitcher's duel as LSU (32-6, 7-3 SEC) walked off with a 1-0 victory on a damp and blustery night at Tiger Park.
Rebel freshman Ava Tillmann was electric in the circle, throwing a complete-game in the loss. Tillmann allowed just three hits total, with the only run scoring on the game-winning solo home run in the seventh.
The two sides combined for just five hits total in the game as neither side could get consistent offense going against the two starting pitchers.
Ole Miss put together its biggest threat in the second inning, when Autumn Gillespie drew a one-out walk and Elantra Cox followed with an infield single. However, Paige McKinney & Amanda Roth both went down swinging to retire the side.
In the fourth, LSU posed a threat to break the scoreless tie when a walk and an HBP put a pair of runners on with one out. Tillmann was able to get the Rebels out of danger, inducing a ground out to first and a swinging strikeout.
The Tigers once again put a runner in scoring position in the sixth as Aliyah Andrews led off with a single off of Tillmann's glove and was sacrificed over the 2nd. Andrews moved to third on a groundout to Roth at third and Shemiah Sanchez got a hold of a pitch but Cox was able to get under it and squeeze out No. 3.
LSU scored the winning run by the slimmest of margins, as Shelbi Sunseri took the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh to deep right field. The ball bounced off the top of the wall and over, handing Ole Miss its second crushing defeat in as many days.
The Rebels and Tigers conclude the three-game set on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on SEC Network +.
- The five combined hits by both teams are tied for the lowest in an Ole Miss game this season.
- Freshman Ava Tillmann went the distance for the third time in her four starts this season.
- Tillmann's three hits allowed tie her career-low for a game lasting at least five innings.
- Tillmann has allowed one earned run or less in three of her four starts in 2018.
- On a night when baserunners were hard to come by, sophomore Autumn Gillespie drew three walks in the game.
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