In the opening weekend of the 2016 season, the Ole Miss softball team went on a tear in a tournament in Hawaii. A week later, it was a different body of water, but the same result.
Instead of dominating on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the Rebels rolled to a 4-1 record near the banks of the Pike County Lake in Troy, Ala., to win the Troy Classic.
Ole Miss is off to its best start in program history, 8-2, after dropping an opening game to McNeese (La.) State 2-1. The Rebels rebounded to win four straight games by a combined score of 26-8. The event’s finale was won by Ole Miss 8-0 over Eastern Illinois in five innings.
“I felt we rebounded after that tough loss and played some good softball,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Smith said. “And today our bats woke up, Bri Payne had a great day.”
As impressive as the Ole Miss hitters were, they paled in comparison to the job done by the Rebels’ pitchers.
“I can’t say enough about our pitching staff this weekend, even in our loss we pitched a great ballgame, we just had some errors behind them,” Smith said. “But just a great job by our pitching staff this weekend.”
Alyssa Clayton surrendered just three hits in the shutout over EIU.
On the season, the Rebels have posted an earned run average of just 2.33. Senior Madi Osias has a team-high 20 strikeouts.
The Rebels travel to Hattiesburg Wednesday for a doubleheader against Southern Miss, then will open the home schedule next weekend by hosting the Ole Miss Classic.
Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin and Texas-San Antonio will visit Oxford for the event.
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