OXFORD, Miss. – The bats were hot for the Ole Miss softball team Wednesday afternoon, and the Rebels swept visiting Alcorn State in a doubleheader to close out the 2013 season. Ole Miss won game one 8-0 (5), and defeated the Lady Braves 10-1 (5) in game two, scoring in every inning it went up to bat.
“It’s always good to win,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “For every single kid on our team who was here to play … they all got kind of a memory for the year, they all provided some inspiration on the field, and they all had some success out there. I’m proud of them.”
Sophomore designated player Lauren Lindsey provided the top highlight for the Rebels in game two with a grand slam well over the right field wall. It was the first home run of Lindsey’s career.
“She has wanted a home run – it didn’t have to be a grand slam – and she finally relaxed enough to really get her bat head through the zone,” Thees said. “I’m pretty excited for her, and I know she was excited too.”
Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown, junior first baseman Londen Ladner and freshman right fielder Bri Payne each had multi-hit games in the season finale. Ladner finished 2-3 with a home run and three RBI.
Brown got the scoring started for Ole Miss (25-31) in Wednesday’s second game. With freshman shortstop Haley Culley on second base, Brown hit an RBI triple in the right-center field gap and then came home on a throwing error to third on the relay.
Following a run scored by the Lady Braves (12-37) in the top of the second, Ole Miss answered with one run of its own in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Payne. Payne scored senior catcher Kelly Nolan from second after Nolan hit a stand-up double to left-center field.
After a leadoff double by Brown in the bottom of the third, Ladner hit a two-run home run to left field to give Ole Miss a 5-1 lead. The home run was the seventh of the season for Ladner, tying her with junior center fielder RT Cantillo for the most on the team.
Four batters later, with the bases loaded and still no outs on the board in the bottom of the third, Lindsey hit a grand slam over the right field wall, eventually stopping just shy of Hathorn Road.
Ladner recorded her third RBI of the game with a double down the left field line in the bottom of the fourth to give the final score of 10-1 in five innings. Ladner’s double scored junior Shelby Jo Fenter from first after Fenter earned a walk while pinch hitting for Brown.
The Rebels set numerous program records in 2013. Ole Miss’ .979 fielding percentage is the best in program history, and its 29 errors are the fewest ever in a single season. Ole Miss entered the final week of the season with the best fielding percentage in the Southeastern Conference and the third best in the country.
The Rebels’ nine-game winning streak from Feb. 20-March 1 tied the longest mark in program history, and their 384 hits and 79 stolen bases this season are each program records.
Individually, Brown set the program record for doubles hit in a season (17), and senior outfielder Brittany Broome set the program record for stolen bases in a season (33) and consecutive games with a hit (13). Broome graduates from Ole Miss as the all-time stolen bases leader (75).
OXFORD, Miss. – Junior pitcher Carly Hummel and sophomore pitcher Lauren Lindsey combined to throw a one-hitter Wednesday afternoon against Alcorn State in an 8-0 (5) victory for the Ole Miss softball team. The Rebels’ 8-0 win was the first game in a doubleheader at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
Senior left fielder Brittany Broome went 3-4 at the plate with a season-high two RBI and her first triple of the season. Junior outfielders RT Cantillo and Natalie Nimmo each had multi-hit games for Ole Miss, and sophomore third baseman Allison Brown hit her sixth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
Hummel, who was battling through a hand injury, gave the Rebels three perfect innings to start, and struck out two batters. Lindsey then came on in relief, and struck out three batters while allowing just one hit over the last two innings of play.
Ole Miss got on the board in the bottom of the first of game one on a passed ball that scored Cantillo.
Freshman second baseman Melina Preciado had an RBI ground out to the pitcher in the second inning to put Ole Miss up 2-0. Two batters later, Broome hit a standup triple that scored Cantillo from first. Broome later scored on a passed ball to give Ole Miss a 4-0 lead heading into the third.
Junior first baseman Londen Ladner scored on a wild pitch in the third, and Brown put the Rebels up 7-0 in the fourth with a two-run home run.
Broome ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with an infield single with the bases loaded that scored freshman shortstop Haley Culley from third.
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