Ole Miss Softball Off to Strong Start in Fall Ball Season
Oct. 18, 2017
OXFORD, Miss. – It has been a dominant start to the fall ball season for the Ole Miss Rebels. Head coach Mike Smith’s squad is 5-0 so far during the fall season, winning each exhibition contest by double digits.
Overall, Ole Miss has outscored its opponents by an 87-6 margin in its games against Blue Mountain College, Chipola College, Delta State, the University of Mobile and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The fall exhibition schedule kicked off for Ole Miss with a 16-2 victory over the Toppers of Blue Mountain College. Paige McKinney went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, while Amanda Roth drove in three runs with a double. Kylan Becker legged out a triple on the way to a 2-for-2 day with two runs scored, while Mary Terral scored four runs, walking three times. The Rebels ran rampant on the Toppers, registering eight stolen bases.
Six Ole Miss pitchers combined to hold Blue Mountain College to three hits over 10 innings in the circle. Kaitlin Lee tossed a pair of perfect innings with two strikeouts as the Rebel staff fanned nine Toppers on the day.
One week later, the Rebels jumped out on Chipola College early, running a four-run first inning to a 12-1 win. Autumn Gillespie had a 2-for-3 day at the dish with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. McKinney had another big day with a double and two runs scored, going 2-for-3 and stealing three bases.
Alyssa Clayton got the start in the circle, surrendering a single run on two hits, striking out three over four innings. Brittany Finney and Ava Tillmann each threw three innings complete in relief, with each holding Chipola to a single hit.
Later that day, the Rebels took on a quality Division II side in Delta State, taking down the Lady Statesmen 16-3 over 10 innings. Celeste Wood was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, bringing in four runs and scoring one of her own. Kaylee Horton and Elantra Cox terrorized DSU, with both going 3-for-4 at the dish.
Morgan Bruce pitched four innings in the start, allowing one run on a single hit. Anna Borgen tossed three innings in relief, allowing one hit, while Elisha Jahnke surrendered a pair of runs on two hits in her three innings of work.
Up next was the University of Mobile, which Ole Miss put eight runs on in the first two innings on the way to a 16-0 shutout victory. Wood again proved to be a run-producer, registering five RBIs in a 2-for-3 performance. McKinney went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Becker tallied a pair of runs and an RBI after going 2-for-3. Terral laced a triple, while Izzy Werdann clobbered the Rebels’ first home run of the Fall.
Ole Miss used a committee to complete the shutout with seven Rebels seeing action in the circle. The staff combined for 12 strikeouts in the 10 innings, allowing seven hits and one walk.
The offense really put on a show in the next exhibition, a 27-0 landslide over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Gillespie smashed a pair of long balls, while Alex Schneider drilled a homer of her own, finishing the day with four RBIs. Nine different Rebels recorded multiple hits and 11 players posted at least one RBI.
Seven pitchers combined for the shutout, with Lee started things off with two clean innings with two strikeouts, while Finney following with a perfect pair of frames of her own. Tillmann and Bruce rounded things out in the ninth and 10th innings, each fanning a pair of batters.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally, fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss softball and all of Ole Miss athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.
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