OXFORD, Miss. (WLBT) - Despite a superb performance in the circle from Molly Jacobsen, Ole Miss (38-18) fell in a 2-0 shutout to No. 7 Louisiana (52-4) Saturday afternoon, putting the Rebels in a must-win situation at the NCAA Oxford Regional.
Falling into the losers’ bracket, the Rebels will play the winner of Southeast Missouri and Chattanooga to advance to the regional championship game, tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. CT. The winner of that game will need to defeat Louisiana twice on Sunday to advance to NCAA Super Regionals.
Despite taking the loss in the circle, Jacobsen gave the Ragin’ Cajuns fits all game long, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, striking out 10 while facing just five over the minimum.
Kylan Becker registered two of the Rebels’ three hits in the game, going 2-for-2 with a stolen base.
The difference in the game came in the third inning, with the Ragin’ Cajuns taking advantage of a couple of Rebel miscues to break up the scoreless tie. Following a Casidy Chaumont double, Keeli Milligan reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners at the corners. A failed squeeze play hung both runners up between the bases but Autumn Gillespie’s throw to second was errant, rolling to the wall and allowing both runners to score.
With Summer Ellyson in the circle, the two runs were enough for Louisiana as the junior allowed just two Rebel base runners the rest of the way.
• Molly Jacobsen’s 10 strikeouts are the most by one player in a postseason game in Ole Miss-history, one shy of her career-high.
• Kylan Becker went 2-for-2 at the plate, registering her 22nd multi-hit game of the season.