TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WTVA/Ole Miss Sports) - Possibly taking out some frustration from the night before, Ole Miss (16-11, 2-6 SEC) jumped all over No. 15 Alabama (21-8, 2-3 SEC) Saturday afternoon, scoring five runs in the first on the way to taking down the Crimson Tide 10-3 at Rhoads Stadium.
Kaitlin Lee worked around some trouble, putting together a great outing to earn the win, improving to 10-4 on the year. The senior threw her fifth complete-game of the year, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks.
Ole Miss wasted no time in getting going. Elantra Cox and Kaylee Horton led off the game with back-to-back singles before Celeste Wood drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Autumn Gillespie cashed in the opportunity, lifting a double to right field to plate a pair and get the momentum rolling.
From there, a little chaos ensued. Kylan Becker hit a hard grounder to second and Wood was tagged out at home. Becker kept running and initially appeared to be tagged out but following a long conference was called safe as the ball was dropped by the second baseman, with Gillespie scoring on the play. With new life in the frame, Brittany Finney capped the inning with a monster shot to left field for a two-run home run to put the Rebs up 5-0.
The Rebels tacked on a run in the second as Ally Mena led off the frame with a hustle-double to left field and later scored as Horton reached on a fielding error.
After a scoreless third, Ole Miss scratched together three runs in the fourth. After Mena was hit by a pitch, Cox and Horton followed with singles to load the bases. Mena then scored on a wild pitch, Wood was walked to re-load the bases and Cox came home on a ground out by Gillespie. Another wild pitch scored the final run of the frame as Horton scored.
Alabama scored a run in the bottom half of the fourth and added two more in the fifth to extend the game. However, Ole Miss was able to regain some of the momentum in the sixth. Cox led off the frame with a single to right-center and eventually came across on Gillespie's sharply-hit RBI single to right.
Lee finished the game strong, retiring the final six Crimson Tide batters to secure the win and set up a rubber-match between the Rebels and Ole Miss on Sunday.
Sunday's affair is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The game will be available for streaming on SEC Network + via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
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