|Wednesday Softball RESULTS
|Ole Miss 8, Alcorn State 0
|Ole Miss 10, Alcorn State 1
|Mizzou 10, Western Illinois 5
|Mizzou 12, Western Illinois 4
Rebels Sweep Alcorn State in Season Finale
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).
Game One Recap:
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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No. 11 Mizzou Takes Doubleheader Sweep at W. Illinois
MACOMB, Ill. – No. 11 Mizzou softball finished a doubleheader sweep at Western Illinois with a six-inning, 12-4 win in the second game on Wednesday at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium. The Tigers claimed a 10-5 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader. Both wins came under starts from senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.), who improved her pitching record to 9-4 with the day’s efforts. Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) and senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Tigers offensively, batting 5-for-7 and 6-for-9, respectively.
Mizzou improved to 31-9 overall with the two non-conference wins, while Western Illinois dropped to 14-23 with the two losses.
Four Tigers recorded two-hit games in Mizzou’s initial 10-5 win, with Genovese putting up a 2-for-3 performance. Freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) batted 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot with three RBI and three runs scored. Marston and redshirt freshman OF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) both batted 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
Crane scored two of her RBI with the play of game one, a two-run home run to left center field in the top of the seventh inning, scoring Genovese. The long ball was Crane’s third of her freshman season.
Mizzou built a 5-0 lead in the second inning thanks to three hits and two errors committed by Western Illinois. Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) netted two of her three RBI in the game during the inning on a single through the left side.
In game two action, Marston continued her hot hitting, batting a career-best 4-for-5 in the contest for Mizzou’s second four-hit performance of the season. She recorded two RBI and two runs in the game, with two of her hits going for doubles.
Mizzou jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first inning of the second contest and never looked back, securing its13th run-rule win of its 2013 campaign.
Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) batted a perfect 3-for-3 in the game, hitting a double and also earning a walk to score three runs. Her pristine performance capped a 4-for-7 overall doubleheader.
Both Genovese and Randazzo batted 3-for-4 in game two, with the former recording a season-best three RBI. Randazzo finished the doubleheader batting 4-for-7.
Freshman OF Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.) played a big role in the run-scoring of game two, batting 2-for-2 with a career-best four RBI to lead the Tigers.
Crane and Marston were active on the base paths, both going 2-for-2 in steals with a stolen base in each game.
Hudson pitched 5.1 innings in the initial win before throwing 4.0 innings in the second victory. Senior Lindsey Muller (Stilwell, Kan.) made relief appearances in both games for Hudson.
Mizzou next returns home to University Field for its final regular season action, a three-game series against SEC foe Tennessee from Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5. The Friday game starts at 6 p.m., while the Saturday, May 4, contest will be televised nationally by ESPN at 6:30 p.m. The series concludes with a noon first pitch on Sunday for Senior Day. A ceremony will follow the Sunday game.
Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and information throughout the season.