Ole Miss softball advances to Championship Sunday

Rebels blast the Redhawks for eight first-inning runs, win via run rule
Published: May. 18, 2019 at 9:31 PM CDT
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OXFORD, Miss. (WLBT) - Playing in a win-or-go-home showdown with Southeastern Missouri, Ole Miss (39-18) put away the Redhawks early, jumping out to a huge lead en route to a 10-0 win Saturday in the NCAA Oxford Regional to keep its season alive.

With the win, the Rebels reserve a spot in the regional championship and earning a 2 p.m. CT rematch with No. 7 Louisiana, which defeated Ole Miss 2-0 earlier in the day. The Rebels will need to defeat the Ragin’ Cajuns twice in order to advance to next week’s NCAA Super Regionals.

Ole Miss racked up 11 hits in the game, with Kylan Becker, Abbey Latham, Amanda Roth and Mikayla Allee each posting a pair of knocks. Latham drove in three runs, her eighth game with at least three RBIs, while Roth registered a pair of runs and RBIs apiece.

Brittany Finney needed just three innings of work to secure the win, allowing two hits with five strikeouts. Ava TIllmann was perfect in her two innings out of the bullpen, combining with Finney for the shutout.

For the second time in as many days, Ole Miss jumped out to a commanding lead in the opening frame. The Rebels plated eight runs on five hits, distancing themselves from the Redhawks early.

Abbey Latham got things started with a bang, clobbering a pitch well over the wall in left for a two-run homer. Kaylee Horton delivered an RBI grounder and Jessica Puk laid down a bunt single to score another run as the Rebels extended their lead to 4-0.

After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Ole Miss registered three-straight RBI singles and a sacrifice fly to tack on four more, putting the Redhawks in a deep hole they would not climb out of.

Amanda Roth added to the Rebel advantage in the fourth, crushing a two-run dinger over the left field fence, extending the Rebel lead to 10-0. From there, Tillmann came in and quickly dispatched all six batters she faced, sending the Rebels to Championship Sunday and a rematch with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Quick Hits

• Ole Miss will compete in a regional championship for the fourth season in a row.

• The 11 hits for Ole Miss are its most in a single game since dropping 17 in the 21-0 victory April 19 at Mississippi State.

• With her first inning home run,Abbey Latham moves into a tie with Jessica Puk for the team-high at nine in 2019. Latham led the Rebels with seven big flies in 2018.

• Latham also extends her school-record RBI total to 52 runs driven in in 2019.

Kylan Becker went 2-for-3 for her second multi-hit game of the day and team-high 23rd overall.

Mikayla Allee registered the first multi-hit game of her career, going 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

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