Offense Silenced in Series-Deciding Loss at No. 24 Ole Miss
A run in the first
inning and three in the sixth combined with a rough day at the plate
for the Kentucky offense handed the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels a 4-0
series-clinching win on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time all
season that Kentucky was held scoreless.
result, Kentucky drops to 24-8 overall on the season and remains a game
over .500 in Southeastern Conference play at 5-4. Ole Miss improves to
24-11 in all games this season, and now sits at 2-7 in SEC games.
Smith is charged with the loss in the circle for Kentucky – as her
record falls to 6-3 on the season. The winning pitcher for the Rebels
was Kaitlin Lee, who also earned the win in Friday’s 7-1 win for the
Rebels. Smith pitched well in the circle, allowing just one run in 4.2
innings of action. Smith allowed five hits, walked just two and struck
The Wildcats next game will be on Wednesday,
April 5 at 6 p.m. ET against in-state foe, Western Kentucky. The game
at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington will be shown live on the SEC
Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Jenn Hildreth (pxp) and
former Purdue head coach Carol Bruggeman (color) on the call.
Sunday marked the first time in 11 years that Kentucky lost a series to
Ole Miss. This also marks the first time since Rachel Lawson took over
as UK’s head coach that the Wildcats have lost a series to the Rebels.
Van Schiak, who hit two home runs in game one on Friday, hit the
game-winning RBI single up the middle in the top of the first inning to
score Elantra Cox, who led off the game with a walk.
Vick was the key Kentucky player in the game. The freshman from
Paducah, Kentucky went 2-for-2 with a single and a double. She was one
of five Kentucky runners left on base in the game.
the top of the first inning – Smith allowed a lead-off walk to Elantra
Cox, which came around to score on an RBI single from Sarah Van Schiak.
Kylee Becker moved Cox to second on a single and a grounder by Strother
put her at third with two outs. OM 1, UK 0
Ole Miss played
add-on in the bottom of the sixth, starting the inning off with
four-consecutive infield singles to make it 2-0 on Kaylee Horton’s RBI
single. The second run of the inning came home on a 5-2-3 double play,
as pinch runner Paige McKinney scored from second. Elantra Cox then
singled to the left side to score Horton and score the third run of the
inning. FINAL – No. 24 Ole Miss 4, No. 16 Kentucky 0