Rebels take down No. 13 Missouri in nightcap for first SEC win
Published 12:00 pm Monday, March 14, 2016
Ole Miss plated nine runs in the third inning, the most in a single frame all season, paving the way for a 9-5 victory over No. 13 Missouri in the series finale vs. the Tigers Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
After suffering a 2-0 loss in the first game of the doubleheader, the Rebels (21-5, 1-2 SEC) responded in a huge way pounding out 12 hits, claiming the first win over the Tigers in program history. The win also marked the first for the Rebels over a ranked opponent since March 21, 2015 in a 14-8 victory over No. 24 Mississippi State.
Elantra Cox had a big day at the plate with six hits to lead the offense. As a team the Rebels put together 19 combined hits over the two contests.
Sophomore Elisha Jahnke pitched a her second complete game in the circle for the Rebels in game one and did well, allowing just one earned run and just two hits.
As a team Ole Miss out-hit the Tigers, 7-2, but an error and sacrifice fly made the difference in game two of the series.
Ole Miss had an early chance in the first inning after loading the bases, but left them stranded as the two sides played two scoreless innings to begin the day.
Missouri struck first in its half of the third when Chloe Rathburn reached on a throwing error at short sending home the first run.
Ole Miss again had a shot in the fifth to make something happen, but stranded Kylan Becker and Cox who previously reached on singles, keeping the contest at 1-0 in favor of Missouri.
The Tigers went on to add the final run in the sixth off a sacrifice fly from Rathburn, capping scoring for the game.
Game two saw a much different outcome, as the Rebels capitalized on their chances at the plate, stringing together an eight hit, nine-run third inning that made the difference in the finale.