OXFORD, Miss. - In a 10-inning marathon of a game Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, the Rebel softball team dropped a heartbreaking series finale to No. 11 Kentucky, 11-4 (10).
Ole Miss took a 4-2 lead into the sixth, but the Wildcats came back to tie the game in that inning, and then win the game in the 10th inning.
"We showed up ready to play, and we wanted to take one of these close games," Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. "We dropped two really close ones and we played really hard. We didn't give up that big hit. We gave up a couple early, but we fought back and got one back to make it 2-1 in the first inning. We got a 4-2 lead, and really played pretty well. Then we gave up the long ball kind of out of the blue a couple times. It still was tied and we showed a lot of heart, kept getting people on base, but we still needed that big hit, especially when you're the home team and you're in extra innings. All you need is that one hit to get them in.
"It's frustrating as a coach, it's frustrating for our players, but we're back at it. It's a long season and we still have a lot of games left. We just need to make sure we continue to work on stepping up and being that leader for our team."
Senior first baseman Londen Ladner led Ole Miss (20-22, 3-12 Southeastern Conference) at the plate by going 3-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Senior outfielder RT Cantillo also had a strong day at the plate. One game after having her 11-game hitting streak snapped, the Santa Ana, Calif., native went 2-5 with two runs scored.
Senior pitcher Carly Hummel had an impressive game in defeat, throwing a whopping 8.2 innings, allowing just three runs while striking out six.
After Kentucky (36-8, 10-5 SEC) scored two runs in the top of the first with a two-run home run by designated player Emily Gaines, the Rebels responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single by Ladner that brought home Cantillo from third base.
Ole Miss tied the game in the third inning with an RBI single by junior third baseman Allison Brown into the left-center field gap that scored Cantillo from second.
The Rebels took the lead in the fifth inning with a pair of RBI singles by Ladner and freshman catcher Courtney Syrett to go up 4-2.
No. 11 Kentucky came back to tie the game in the sixth inning with back-to-back solo home runs from third baseman Nikki Sagermann and shortstop Christian Stokes.
The two teams then shut each other out for the next three consecutive innings until the game was decided in the 10th.
Sagermann hit what wound up being the game-winner for the Wildcats with her second home run, a solo shot to center field, in the top of the 10th inning. Kentucky finished the inning with seven runs scored on five hits to win 11-4.
Ole Miss will play again Tuesday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex against Alcorn State in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. CT.
The SEC Network will air every SEC spring football game with multiple viewing opportunities on both television and the network's digital platforms. All 12 spring football games will be carried live and in full on SEC Network + with additional... read more
Through the first seven spring practices, or three weeks since the start of spring practice on March 3, there does not appear to be any separation between sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade and junior college transfer Chad Kelly. Whether... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review March 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss scored 62 second-half points to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, rallying past 11th-seeded BYU 94-90 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. -... read more
The men's basketball team saw its run in the NCAA Tournament come to an end in the Round of 64 after a thrilling win in the First Four. The women's basketball team won two postseason WNIT games to continue its... read more
Junior left-hander Christian Trent and sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett picked up quality starts on the mound, and the offensive provided some timely hits, which proved to be a winning formula as Ole Miss claimed the weekend series over No. 1... read more
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A four-year starter at point guard, one of the most accomplished players in program history, senior Jarvis Summers saw his Ole Miss career come to an end, as did four of his fellow seniors in LaDarius White,... read more
From his five years at Cincinnati, three as an assistant coach and one each as associate head coach and interim head coach, head coach Andy Kennedy knows and has experienced the Xavier program first hand, having coached against the Musketeers... read more
Ole Miss has gone through a two-day turn twice, as well as a one-day turn when the Rebels played No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati in back-to-back days at the Emerald Coast Classic, but they haven't gone through a turn quite... read more
Giant Killers come in many different shapes and forms in the NCAA Tournament. They are not just your teams from smaller and mid-major conferences, but also your lower-seeded power-conference teams. As defined by ESPN's Peter Keating and Jordan Brenner, Giants Killers... read more
March Madness reigned in Dayton, as 11th-seeded Ole Miss scored 62 second-half points to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, rallying past 11th-seeded BYU 94-90 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. The nation watched, and they reacted to... read more
Talking to members of the local media Sunday before leaving for Dayton on Monday, head coach Andy Kennedy and senior guard Jarvis Summers spoke of a familiarity with BYU, their First Four opponent, from watching the Cougars' 73-60 win at... read more