OXFORD, Miss. – Trolling by one run, softball Auburn (25-16, 5-12 SEC) fought to tie the game in the third inning, but Ole Miss (31-15, 12-8 SEC) scored five unanswered points in Game 2 of the series, 6-1, Saturday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
Defensive errors hurt the Tigers late as Ole Miss scored three unearned runs in the sixth inning.
The Tigers have six hits at home with senior Alyssa rivera leading the way with a 2 for 3 night for its 50th birthdaye multi-hit game of his career. Tyler king went 1 for 2 and drove in the Auburn race with a sacrificed fly in the third run.
Maddie penta earned the start in the circle for the Tigers. In his three innings of work, Penta allowed two runs, two hits, two walks and a pair of hits. Penta took out two rebels on the way out.
KK Dimsukes and Lexie handley seen the action in relief. Dismukes gave up seven hits in 2.2 innings of work. She was charged with four points, only one of which was earned. She walked one and pulled out a pair in appearance. Handley faced the last rebel batsman in the sixth inning, forcing a foul.
“We made mistakes at the start,” said the head coach Mickey dean. “Tonight we didn’t play a good defense to give ourselves the opportunity to stay in the game or even win the game. We had some bad shots in 0-2 and 1-2. We didn’t. just not done well enough. “
After trading a scoreless first, the Rebels took advantage of a wild throw and a left center single to get the runners into the corners. A double theft would clean up the first leg of the match.
Auburn responded at the top of the third as Maddison Koepke dropped a ball right on the line in right field for a single. After moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt and taking third place on a passed ball, Koepke scored on a sacrifice fly to King’s left.
The tie was short-lived as Autumn Gillespie hit a solo home run down center left at the bottom of the third to put the Rebels in place, 2-1. Dismukes would keep Ole Miss ahead of his one point lead to the bottom of the fifth as the Rebels hit a double and a single down the middle to score an insurance run.
A pair of Auburn’s mistakes in the sixth inning allowed three unearned runs to score as the Rebels won the series with a 6-1 victory.
ON THE BRIDGE
Sunday’s series finale against the rebels is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT on the SEC network.