OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss scored nine runs in the first three innings to pull away for a 10-3 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in non-conference softball action Wednesday evening at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
With their fifth straight loss, the Lady Lions fell to 9-15 overall. The nationally-ranked Rebels improved to 21-3 overall with the victory.
Sophomore shortstop Jaquelyn Ramon led SLU at the plate with three hits, two runs and two stolen bases. Freshman designated player Mattie Ort drove in two of SLU’s runs, while junior outfielder Maddie Edmonston also had two hits for Southeastern.
The Lady Lions took the early lead in the top of the first inning. Ramon beat out an infield single, stole second and third, then scored on an RBI single by Ort to give SLU a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived, as the Rebels knotted the score in the bottom of the first. Elantra Cox led off the inning with an infield single, then later came home on a two-out RBI single by Alyssa Gonzalez to tie the score at 1-1.
Southeastern threatened again in the top of the second inning. Junior outfielder Kalyn Watts singled up the middle, which junior outfielder Peyton Sutton followed with a single of her own. However, Watts was gunned out by Kylan Becker trying to advance to third to keep the score tied at 1-1.
Ole Miss took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning. SLU junior Lacey Hill (4-5) led off the frame by walking Brittany Finney and Kaylee Horton and was pulled for the game. Courtney Syrett greeted SLU freshman Alley McDonald with a two-run double to clear the bases. Later in the inning, Becker executed a perfect suicide squeeze to push the lead to 4-1.
The Lady Lions cut into the lead against Morgan Bruce (7-0) in the top of the third inning. Edmonston reached on an error by Finney, then Ramon beat out an infield single to put a pair of runners on with no outs. After junior infielder Mahalia Gibson bunted both runners up a base, Ort lifted a fly ball deep enough to left to easily score Edmonston. Ramon would later score on an RBI single by freshman Ali McCoy to cut the Ole Miss advantage to 4-3.
Ole Miss blew open the game in the bottom of the third inning. McDonald hit Dylinn Stancil and walked Finney to give way to freshman reliever Tanner Wright with one out. One out later, Syrett doubled into the right centerfield gap to score Stancil and Finney.
After Cox reached on an infield single, an error by McCoy loaded the bases and kept the inning alive. Ashton Lampton made the Lady Lions pay, tripling into the right field corner to clear the bases and give Ole Miss a commanding 9-3 advantage.
SLU next threatened in its half of the fifth inning. Edmonston singled and Ort walked to put a pair of runners on with two outs. Bruce recovered to strike out McCoy to keep the lead at 9-3.
Ole Miss closed out their scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sarah Van Schaik hit a solo home run to provide the Rebels with the final 10-3 margin.
Southeastern will next return home to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game Southland Conference series at North Oak Park. The series opens with a 5 p.m. contest on Friday and closes with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
Friday will be a “Green Out” at North Oak Park, as fans are encouraged to wear their green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Lady Lions. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video (no audio) of the entire series at www.LionSports.net/watch.
SLU – 102 000 0 – 3 9 2 (9-15)
OM – 135 001 x – 10 11 1 (21-3)
Lacey Hill, Alley McDonald (2), Tanner Wright (3), Kasey Nielson (3), Rachel Hayes (6) and Whitney Sullivan. Morgan Bruce, Alyssa Clayton (6) and Courtney Syrett. W – Bruce (7-0). L – Hill (4-5). HR – OM: Sarah Van Schaik (1). 3B – OM: Ashton Lampton (2). 2B – OM: Courtney Syrett 2 (6), Ashton Lampton (6). T -2:08 . A – 287.