It was a magical Monday night as Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead in their game against fellow SEC powerhouse Alabama.
Starting Tide pitcher Alexis Osorio ran into trouble in the second inning walking three and allowed two hits. Ole Miss’ Paige McKinney got an RBI single up the middle scoring Matiko to put Ole Miss in front 1-0 followed by Courtney Syrett who bounced one off of the top of the left field wall scoring Stancil and Majam, extending the lead to 3-0.
Alabama though wasn’t going down easy after a bloop single into right Tide’s Marisa Runyon hit one out of the park to close the score to 3-2.
One of the quirkier moments of the game happened next when Alabama’s Hemphill hit a home run but in her enthusiasm hopped over home plate missing it and when trying to come back to touch it was tagged out by the Ole Miss catcher.
Alabama did take a 4-3 lead in the fifth when they put two on after a HBP and single back to the circle, before Majam
dropped a popup in shallow right which loaded the bases followed by Reagan Dykes singled to left that scored two
putting the Tide in front for the first time all night.
But Ole Miss has a growing reputation of being a walkoff winning team (for the fifth time in the last two weeks, and the ninth time this season) they did just that when in the seventh inning after two pinch hitters were retired, Syrett walked to start the rally. Kaylee Horton pinch ran for her. Elantra Cox stepped in and chopped a grounder to third, when the third baseman’s throw was off line it scored Horton and allowed Cox to advance all the way to third, tying it up 4-4. Then, for the second game in a row, Kylan Becker stepped in with the game on the line, and came through with an infield, RBI single to third, that scored Cox and gave Ole Miss the walk-off victory.
Tide’s Alexsis Osorio didn’t pitch a bad game ending up taking the loss with 13 strikeouts and giving up only 2 earned runs. It was Ole Miss’ junior RHP Kaitlin Lee pitching though that won the game pitching herself out of several tough situations in the game. It was her 17th complete game of the season earning her 15th win, which puts her tied for third all-time in single-season wins. She struck out five in the win and allowed just two earned runs.
Ole Miss hosts in-state foe Southern Miss Wednesday for the home finale at 6 p.m. on SEC Network.
In other good news for Ole Miss sophomore OF Kylan Becker was named,’Named SEC Co-Player of the Week.’
The sophomore helped to lead Ole Miss to two walk-off wins over No. 13 Alabama. Becker splits the SEC Player of the Week honors with Auburn’s Kasey Cooper. It marks the second weekly honor of Becker’s career after she was named SEC Freshman of the Week last May.
Becker finished the week 6-for-15 at the plate and through 51 games is the team’s second-leading hitter overall with a .365 average and 20 RBI, and .323 in SEC play.