OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss redshirt freshman pitcher Emily Gaitan pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of relief on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, but the Rebels couldn’t manufacture enough runs and fell 3-1 to No. 24 LSU.
“We’re pressing offensively,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We want to win so badly we think we can do it with one swing instead of understanding that we need to play the game. We need to play every at bat, every base runner, and let things happen. Make the pitcher throw strikes that we can drive.”
Gaitan, who entered the game to start the third inning, struck out four batters in five scoreless innings of action, allowing just two hits and three walks.
“Gaitan did a much better job today of getting ahead of hitters and then being able to use all of her pitches,” Thees said. “That made her much more effective today, and our defense played solid behind her. It was a well-played game defensively for us. We had a great catch in left field by Melina Preciado early in the game and made a couple double plays where we weren’t even thinking, it was just, ‘catch it, let’s go.’ I’m pleased with that.”
Senior Natalie Nimmo brought in the Rebels’ lone run of the game in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs away, Nimmo was hit by a pitch to bring in sophomore Haley Culley.
Ole Miss (22-27, 3-17 Southeastern Conference) got into a 3-0 hole in the first inning when the Tigers (30-20, 10-10 SEC) scored three runs on two hits, including a two-run home run by shortstop Bianka Bell.
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 while supplies last. Admission is free to all Ole Miss softball games.
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