Ole Miss Drops Opener to No. 24 LSU

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Junior right fielder Jamie Morgan made several nice defensive plays Friday night.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Junior right fielder Jamie Morgan made several nice defensive plays Friday night.
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April 25, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss softball team couldn't find an answer to No. 24 LSU Friday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, and dropped the series opener 10-1 (5).

Friday marked the first day of Senior Weekend for Ole Miss. RT Cantillo and Shelby Jo Fenter were recognized prior to Friday's game, while Carly Hummel and Londen Ladner will be honored before Saturday's game, and Natalie Nimmo and Marina Parra will be recognized prior to Sunday's game.

"The distractions of Senior Day is something every team has to overcome," Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. "You're always going to have a last home game, and you need to use those emotions to bring your game into focus and bring the fun and the energy of this sport into focus. That's what it's meant to do and that's what we need to do. We're going to have two more senior days, so we need to focus our emotion into the joy and love of the game, and playing great as a team."

Cantillo led Ole Miss (22-26, 3-16 Southeastern Conference) offensively with a 1-1 day at the plate, including one RBI and two walks. Freshman catcher Courtney Syrett scored the Rebels' run as a pinch runner for junior designated player Lauren Lindsey, who reached base on a walk.

Defensively, junior right fielder Jamie Morgan had a very strong game with three putouts, including a couple of very nice catches, and an assist to Parra.

After LSU (29-20, 9-10 SEC) scored one unearned run in the first inning, Ole Miss tied the game in the second inning with Cantillo's single up the middle that brought home Syrett from second base.

The Tigers closed out the game with six runs in the third inning, one run in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth.

"In this league, we've seen it all year long, it' doesn't matter who's playing; one team can win by a run-rule in one game, and the next day the other team does," Thees said. "This is a very talented league. Every game starts out 0-0, and it's all about matchups. We're just going to come out Saturday and be better emotionally prepared to handle Senior Day, and get out there and play well."

Saturday will be the Rebels' Breast Cancer Awareness game, with pink bead necklaces and ribbon stickers given out to fans. It will also be Crawfish Saturday, with 100 pounds of crawfish available for fans in the outfield free of charge. Fans can pick up a pair of sunglasses Sunday, and can also find a cure for their sweet tooth with free ice cream sundaes available for fans while supplies last. Admission is free to all Ole Miss softball games.

For all Ole Miss softball news and information, including live stats and a recap of each game of the LSU series, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.

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