OXFORD, Miss. – Coming off the most successful season in program history, Ole Miss softball concluded its fall exhibition season in late October, wrapping up an eight-game schedule in preparation for the 2018 season.
Ole Miss rounded out the fall season with a 7-1 record, outscoring its opponents by a 106-15 margin.
Following a dominating run of play in the team’s first five exhibitions, the Rebels kept things rolling in a 7-1 victory over Auburn Montgomery. Elantra Cox was the lone Rebel to register a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.
Kylan Becker was 1-for-4 at the dish but made her one hit count, cranking a solo home run, while Mary Terral drove in a pair of runs, finishing the game with a 1-for-2 performance.
Ole Miss implemented seven pitchers in the 10-inning affair, holding the Warhawks to four hits. Morgan Bruce got the start, holding AUM hitless over her two innings with three strikeouts. Ann Borgen needed just 10 pitches for her perfect ninth frame, fanning a pair.
The Rebels followed with a 10-0 shutout over Henderson State on a chilly night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Ole Miss racked up 18 total hits in the affair, including mult-hit games from Cox, Becker, Paige McKinney, Celeste Wood, Kaylee Horton and Amanda Roth. Roth reached base in both plate appearances, clobbering a home run along the way.
Meanwhile, Wood put together a 2-for-3 day with three RBIs.
Kaitlin Lee started the game in the circle, shutting out the Reddies through her three innings. Borgen relieved Lee and tossed three perfect frames, striking out five. Ava Tillmann and Alyssa Clayton both followed with two perfect innings apiece, each striking out a pair.
The Rebels closed out the fall exhibition series with a trip north to take on Memphis, falling to the Tigers 8-2. Wood continued her hot fall season with a 2-for-3 day, while Horton went 2-for-4 at the plate. Autumn Gillespie hammered out a solo shot for Ole Miss’ lone RBI on the day.
Brittany Finney started on the rubber for the Rebels and kept the Tigers off the board through her four innings, striking out three. Memphis was able to get to Elisha Jahnke, tagging the senior for four runs over three innings. Bruce closed out the final three frames, also allowing four runs on five hits.
While leaving a sour taste in the mouth for the Rebels exiting the fall season, the loss may also serve as motivation as Ole Miss prepares for the 2018 season. The Rebels open the season Feb. 9-11 with a five-game slate at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
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Source- Ole Miss Athletics