Jahnke pitches Rebels past Louisiana Tech

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, May 5, 2016

RUSTON, La. — Elisha Jahnke allowed just five baserunners all game, and Ashton Lampton came through with timely hitting to lead the Ole Miss softball team to a 3-1 win over Louisiana Tech Wednesday at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex.

Jahnke was near dominant all game long, giving up just two hits, one of which was a solo home run in the second. She becomes the Ole Miss pitcher to reach 10 wins this season after improving to 10-6 in the circle. The Grand Junction, Colorado native struck out four Lady Techsters, walked two and at one point retired nine in a row midway through the contest.

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Lampton chipped in with two of the Rebels’ (37-17) seven hits, including all three RBI off a double and a triple. Elantra Cox went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot with a double and run scored, while Hailey Lunderman, Miranda Strother and Sarah Van Schaik all added one hit each in the victory.

Ole Miss wasted no time getting on the board with a 2-run first inning, the 17th time this season plating runs in the opening frame. Cox got the offense going with an infield leadoff single, and Lunderman followed with her only hit of the game on a single through the left side. Lampton then launched a high shot to left that bounced off the wall and scored both Cox and Lunderman to put the Rebels up 2-0.

Louisiana Tech (27-18) responded in its next half at the plate off a solo home run cutting the deficit to 2-1. But, Ole Miss again had an answer in the third. Strother punched a 1-out single to right, before Lampton dropped a blooper just inside the right field line for the first triple of her career.

From there Jahnke used the early lead to her advantage, not allowing a hit from the home run in the second all the way until the leadoff batter in the sixth.

Louisiana Tech starter Bailey Allen was tagged with the loss after giving up the three runs in her four frames in the circle.