OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss softball team brought the tying run up to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, but couldn’t get even with No. 11 Kentucky and dropped game two of the series 3-1.
After allowing three runs on three hits in the first inning, Ole Miss held the Wildcats to two hits, and no runs for the remainder of the game.
“We had a little rocky first inning, but after that we pitched well and we played defense well,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “Again, we’re looking for that clutch hit. We’re getting people on base and getting them into scoring position, we just need to get that big hit. They keep getting that big pitch to get out of that inning. We’re right on the cusp of greatness here, we just need to finish.”
Senior catcher Marina Parra went 2-3 for the game, while junior right fielder Jamie Morgan went 1-3 with an RBI. Sophomore pitcher Madi Osias came in relief and threw four scoreless innings with six strikeouts, while senior Shelby Jo Fenter entered the game in the seventh inning and threw a scoreless frame with one strikeout.
“They sat on a couple pitches and hit a couple well and got those runs early, but then after that Emily Gaitan threw a great second inning,” Thees said. “Then Madi came in and threw well and Shelby Jo finished it off and did a good job.”
One day after putting the tying run on first base in the bottom of the seventh, the Rebels (20-21, 3-11 Southeastern Conference) brought the tying run up to bat Saturday to give themselves another chance for the comeback victory.
Kentucky (35-8, 9-5 SEC) scored its three runs in the first inning on an RBI double by catcher Griffin Joiner and a two-RBI triple down the right-field line by pitcher Lauren Cumbess.
Ole Miss cut its deficit to two runs in the fifth inning with an RBI groundout by Morgan to second base that brought in pinch runner Melina Preciado, who was running for junior Lauren Lindsey, who led off the inning with a double to right-center.
Sunday’s series finale will begin at 1 p.m. CT at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. There will be free sweatbands available for fans and it will also be Sundae Sunday at the park, where fans can get free ice cream sundaes while supplies last.
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