Saturday, March 25, 2023

Ole Miss Softball Falls To No. 3 Oklahoma State

No. 25 Ole Miss softball went toe-to-toe with No. 3 Oklahoma State and one of the top pitchers in the nation, falling 0-3 Sunday evening at Nancy Almaraz Field.

Aynslie Furbush tossed an impressive 5.1 innings against the number three team in the country, giving the Rebels (2-2, 0-0 SEC) a chance to pull the upset. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) held strong on defense to keep Ole Miss off the scoreboard.

Oklahoma State loaded the bases in the opening frame and cashed it. The Cowgirls took advantage of three singles and a pair of walks to plate two runs, chasing Rebel starter Makenna Kliethermes out of the game and giving their ace, Kelly Maxwell, an early lead.

Ole Miss looked to get the offense going but struggled to capitalize with runners on base. One of its best opportunities came in the top of the third inning after Furbush singled up the middle and was pinch run for by Nyomi Jones. Jones used her speed to force an errant throw on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third, but the Rebels were unable to drive her in.

The following inning, back-to-back walks put two on base with two outs, but once again, the Rebels left runners stranded. Oklahoma State tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Ole Miss had one final chance in the top of the seventh with runners on the corners, but an inning-ending double play sealed it for Oklahoma State.

The Rebels wrap up action in the first session of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge with a doubleheader against North Dakota State on Monday. Both games will be available to stream on FloSoftball.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports