Ole Miss Falls in Doubleheader at No. 13 Missouri

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Strother, left, went 2-3 with a run and three walks, while Osias batted in a run on a sacrifice fly in game one.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Strother, left, went 2-3 with a run and three walks, while Osias batted in a run on a sacrifice fly in game one.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 18, 2014

Ole Miss at Missouri (Game Two) - Box Score Get Acrobat Reader | Final Stats: Game Two

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Ole Miss softball team played No. 13 Missouri tight in each game of Friday’s doubleheader at University Field in Columbia, Mo., but the Rebels faced heartbreak in game one and had a three-run home run robbed in a tough pitching duel in game two to fall 5-3 and 2-0, respectively.

After taking a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, Ole Miss lost 5-3 in the series opener on a walk-off three-run home run. The Rebels then fell 2-0 in game two despite allowing just four hits against the Tigers, which entered the game with the second most hits in the Southeastern Conference.

“In game two, we came back out and we fought and fought. It was big pitching duel,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We gave up an unearned run early, but you have to score to win. She definitely shut us down and they robbed that three-run home run on a great catch. Courtney Syrett hit it over and they went over, got it and brought it back.”

Senior pitcher Carly Hummel had a strong game in game two against Missouri, throwing a complete game with one earned run allowed, four hits, no walks and two strikeouts.

“When we hit our spots we did really, really well,” Thees said. “When we switched speeds we did really, really well. When we missed our spots and location, they’re definitely a team that makes you pay. That’s why they’re one of the best hitting teams in the country.”

Missouri took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Mackenzie Sykes.

Ole Miss threatened in the top of the fourth with runners on first and second, but Syrett was robbed of a three-run home run by Sykes, who made a fantastic catch by stretching out over the wall in left field to make the catch.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, which proved to be the final score, on a leadoff home run to left field from designated player Natalie Fleming.

With Easter being Sunday, the two schools will conclude their three-game series Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. CT at University Field.

Rebels Drop Heartbreaker in Game One

Ole Miss at Missouri (Game One) - Box Score Get Acrobat Reader | Final Stats: Game One

The Ole Miss softball team took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh in game one of Friday’s doubleheader at No. 13 Missouri, but fell victim to a walk-off home run and lost 5-3.

“They were really well played games,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We had the lead (in game one) by sneaking in some runs on some good speed we have, and some base stealing. We wanted to close it out with our best, but you know what, it’s hard to play on the road in the SEC. They rose up and took game one.”

Five different Rebels recorded base hits and starting pitcher Emily Gaitan, a freshman from Tampa, Fla., threw 5.2 strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

With runners on the corners and one out away in the top of the seventh, Ole Miss executed a double steal to perfection, allowing junior third baseman Allison Brown to come home from third base and give the Rebels a 3-2 lead going into the bottom half of the inning.

Missouri rallied with two outs, though, to get the win. After back-to-back singles, Tigers third baseman Natalie Fleming hit a three-run, walk-off home run to right field to give Missouri the 5-3 victory.

Ole Miss got off to a good start Friday afternoon in game one. With the bases loaded and one out on the board, sophomore designated player Madi Osias hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score senior outfielder RT Cantillo and give Ole Miss a 1-0 lead.

Missouri responded in the bottom half of the inning with a two-RBI double to right-center by designated player Angela Randazzo.

The Rebels tied the game in the fourth with a perfectly executed squeeze play. With freshman left fielder Miranda Strother at third, senior catcher Marina Parra laid down a bunt along the third-base line, and reached first with no problem.

The two teams then exchanged scoreless innings until the dramatic seventh.

For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.

Head Coach Windy Thees

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Volleyball Keeps NCAA Tournament Hopes Alive

      Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Volleyball

      The goal from day one for head coach Steven McRoberts was to lead Ole Miss to its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2010.  Entering the team's final two matches, McRoberts said he felt as though they were... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 12

      Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 12 - Arkansas (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Wommack, Rebels Prep for Prescott

      Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Football

      Battling injury, junior quarterback Dak Prescott came off the bench and helped rally Mississippi State to a come-from-behind 17-10 win in last year's Egg Bowl. He led a drive that ended with the game-tying field goal at 10-10 and then... read more

    • Rebels Not Lacking Motivation in Rivalry Matchup

      Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze called the Egg Bowl the most prized possession of this university's football program, and getting the Egg Bowl back should be enough motivation for his team entering Saturday's game against Mississippi State.  An Independence, Mississippi, native,... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 17-23, 2014)

      Monday, November 24, 2014 -

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 17-23, 2014Men's Basketball- Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with wins over Southern University and Northern Arizona as part of the Emerald Coast Classic, improving to 3-1 on the season.- Ole Miss... read more

    • Golson Named Finalist for Conerly Trophy

      Monday, November 24, 2014 - Football

      Senior cornerback Senquez Golson, one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award, which honors the national defensive player of the year, will represent Ole Miss as one of 10 finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which honors the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 23

      Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Athletics

      It's that busy time of the year with the Ole Miss football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball teams all in action. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was in Ole Miss sports:- A slow start (17-0... read more

    • Rebels Unable to Overcome Slow Start

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas jumped out to a 17-0 in the first quarter and took advantage of six Ole Miss turnovers on the way to a 30-0 shutout win Saturday in Fayetteville."I was concerned all week, for whatever reason, that... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Arkansas

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more

    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more