Ole Miss Softball Splits Doubleheader on Opening Day
TROY, Ala. – It did not take Ole Miss long to find offensive production as the Rebels won their season opener, 8-2, over UAB at the Trojan Classic.
Ole Miss scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a double by Jessica Puk. Puk later added a home run and finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate while driving in a pair of runs and scoring three times herself.
Leadoff batter Tate Whitley also had a pair of hits for the Rebels. Mikayla Allee also doubled in the win.
Savannah Diederich picked up her first win on the year striking out five Blazers in 4 1/3 innings of work. Ava Tillman came on to finish the game striking out six in 2 2/3 innings.
Ole Miss drops game two to Troy
The Rebels’ second game of the day did not turn out as well. The host Trojans beat Ole Miss 5-2.
Puk once again got the Rebels off to a good start. In the top of the third inning, she laced a ball into left field that the Trojans misplayed. The error allowed Whitley to score and give Ole Miss a 1-0 advantage.
Troy took the lead, 2-1, in the bottom of the inning and then scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Abbey Latham slammed her first home run of the season to provide the Rebels’ other run. Gabby Alvarez went 2-for-2 at the plate and also drew a walk.
Tillman absorbed the loss after surrendering four runs in four innings in the circle. Anna Borgen finished the game giving up three hits in her two innings of work.
Ole Miss is scheduled to play Belmont Saturday at 9 a.m. with another game to follow later in the day.
(Feature image credit: Ole Miss Athletics)