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No. 22 Rebels Take Advantage of Miscues, Top Memphis 4-0

Ole Miss Softball defeats Colgate University 8-2 in the second day of the Hatter Invitational
in DeLand, FL.
Photo by Madi Osias/Ole Miss Athletics
In a game that featured a combined five errors, No. 22 Ole Miss came away with a 4-0 shutout over Memphis Wednesday night, thanks in part to another strong outing by Kaitlin Lee.
Memphis (23-19) committed three errors on the night that led to four Ole Miss (27-13) runs, all of which were unearned. The Rebels scored a pair in the third and fifth innings, and totaled seven hits against the Tigers’ Christian Novak.
For Ole Miss, Lee (10-6) worked her sixth-straight complete game in what was her fifth shutout of the season, allowing six hits with a pair of strikeouts and no walks. Offensively, the top four hitters in the Rebel lineup accounted for all but one of the hits, led by two each from Elantra Cox and Miranda Strother.
After two scoreless frames to open the contest, Ole Miss got on the board in the third thanks to a Memphis error and clutch hitting. After Paige McKinney reached on an error by the second baseman, Kylan Becker drove her in off an RBI single to center, putting the Rebels on top 1-0. Strother then tripled to right field driving Becker in, pushing the advantage to 2-0.
Ole Miss added two more in the fifth thanks to another Tiger error and an RBI single. Cox lifted a 1-out base hit to left field, and after the fielder hesitated, she took second for a double. The throw in from left was rushed and off line, allowing Cox to score on the play increasing the lead to 3-0. Becker then walked to keep the rally going, before Sarah Van Schaik drove her in off an RBI single up the middle, capping the scoring at 4-0 on the night.
Memphis had multiple chances throughout the night stranding seven total runners, including in the first when they loaded the bases, and in four more frames when they stranded one runner each, but Lee worked around it throughout the contest keeping the Tigers off the board.
Becker finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a walk and HBP, while Cox and McKinney scored the other two runs for the Rebels.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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