OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss junior outfielder RT Cantillo hit a pair of home runs and junior pitcher Carly Hummel threw a complete game as Ole Miss defeated No. 15 Texas A&M 8-4 on Friday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
The win is the Rebels’ second win of the season over a top-15 ranked opponent. Ole Miss opened its conference season with a road victory over then-No. 15 Kentucky on March 8.
“Our kids showed a lot of heart today and came out ready to play,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “Our kids really want to keep getting better and better and that’s one thing we’ve tried to focus on.”
Cantillo led the way for the Rebels (23-29, 3-19 Southeastern Conference) with a 2-3 performance, including two home runs, three runs scored and another three RBI. Senior Brittany Broome and sophomore Allison Brown also had multi-hit games Friday.
“It was great to see RT finally really get a hold of some things,” Thees said. “She’s been hitting balls hard right at people, but for her to start off the game with that home run and then get another one later on. She’s seeing the ball well and we hope she continues to do so this weekend.”
After giving up a three-run home run in the top of the first, Hummel settled into the game and allowed just one more run on three hits for the remaining six innings. It was Hummel’s 13th complete game of the season.
“Carly has been evolving as an SEC pitcher,” Thees said. “She’s gotten frustrated after giving up a couple runs. We’re in the SEC, the best hitting conference in the country. She has to understand that she’s not the only pitcher in the SEC giving up runs. Today was great because she bounced back and threw up a lot of zeros there.”
Trailing 3-0, Ole Miss responded in the bottom of the first with four runs on four hits. Cantillo began the scoring with a solo home run to left field on the second pitch she saw. Brown scored later in the inning on a throwing error by the Aggies (35-13, 6-12 SEC), and junior catcher Marina Parra then hit a two-RBI single to left field with the bases loaded to give Ole Miss a 4-3 lead.
The Rebels scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double to the left field wall by junior first baseman Londen Ladner that scored Broome and Cantillo.
Ole Miss took an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Cantillo’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot over the left field wall that scored freshman right fielder Bri Payne.
Texas A&M finished out the scoring in the game by scoring one run in the top of the sixth with a lead-off solo home run over the left field wall by catcher Nicole Morgan.
Saturday will be “Kids Take Over the Park” day at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, with kids helping with multiple aspects of running the park during the game. It will also be the final Crawfish Saturday of the season with 100 pounds of free crawfish available to fans in left field.
On Sunday, the Rebels will recognize their three seniors, Broome, Erinn Jayjohn and Kelly Nolan. It will also be Sundae Sunday with free ice cream available while supplies last.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 24-30, 2015Women's Basketball-The Ole Miss women's basketball team saw its record setting season some to a close with a loss to Middle Tennessee in the third round of the WNIT. The Rebels closed the... read more
Ole Miss celebrated one of the most successful years in school history. The women's basketball team saw its season come to an end in the Sweet 16 of the Postseason WNIT. The football team continued spring practice, and we're now... read more
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