MARTIN, Tenn. - No. 20 Ole Miss saw its bats come alive with a run scored in all but one inning, as the Rebels topped UT Martin, 7-2, Tuesday night at Bettye Giles Field.
In a battle of two 30-win teams, the two sides exchanged single runs in the first three frames, before Ole Miss (31-13) ran away with its fifth-straight victory. Five different Rebels posted multi-hit performances, and the seven RBI came from five different players in what was the Rebels' second win over the Skyhawks (31-14) this season.
In the circle, it was junior RHP Kaitlin Lee who again paved the way, pitching her ninth consecutive complete game with only four hits allowed and two runs, both of which were unearned. She struck out four and earned her 13th win of the season.
Offensively, Elantra Cox and Kylan Becker both went 2-for-4 from the top of the order, while Sarah Van Schaik had a career high three hits and two RBI. Ashton Lampton and Paige McKinney also added two hits apiece, and Miranda Strother and Grayce Majam had one each.
The Rebels jumped on UT Martin's starting pitcher Brooke Kennedy early, putting pressure on with nine hits in just four innings with five runs. Ole Miss added two more late off Sara Hooten, who gave up four hits.
In the first, both teams got on the board as Cox led off with a single, and eventually scored on an RBI single from Van Schaik. The Skyhawks responded in the home half with an RBI single following an error in the outfield, tying it at 1-1 through one.
The Rebels got the bats going again in the second when Alyssa Gonzalez reached on a leadoff walk, McKinney reached on a bunt single, and Cox drove one in off an RBI single up the middle, putting Ole Miss back in front 2-1. Courtney Syrett had a deep fly in the inning that was less than a foot from a 3-run shot, but the center fielder made a play at the wall keeping her hitless.
After UT Martin failed to score in the second, the Rebels added a single run in the third when Van Schaik doubled to left-center scoring Becker, who reached earlier on an error. The Rebels went on to load the bases in that inning after two hits and a HBP, but the Skyhawks went on to record three outs in one play when Gonzalez lined out to left, then Kennedy Legg was caught in a rundown and called out, before the umpires ruled Strother out leaving early at third, wiping the run off the board keeping it 3-1.
UT Martin got a run back in the third after an error in the outfield, and an RBI single, but a nice play and throw in from Becker cut down the would-be second run of the frame.
Ole Miss added two more in the fourth when Majam was HBP and McKinney reached on an infield single, before Becker drove them both in off a single up the middle, extending the advantage to 5-2.
Lee came back in the home half to record the first 1-2-3 inning of the game, and followed with two more in the fifth and sixth. Majam came through with an RBI single in the fifth driving in Lampton, pushing the lead to 6-2, before Lampton had an RBI double in the seventh that scored Kaylee Horton.
- The Rebels claimed their fifth consecutive win Tuesday, which is the longest streak since winning 16-straight early on in the season.
- Head coach Mike Smith claimed his 850th career win Tuesday, 102 of which have come as the Rebels' head coach in just three seasons.
- Junior RHP Kaitlin Lee pitched her ninth consecutive complete game, which ties Mary Jane Callahan's record set back in 2006.
- It marked her 13th overall of the season, in what was her 13th win of her debut season, tied for sixth-most of any pitcher in school history in a single season.
- Junior OF Elantra Cox pushed her hit streak to 14 games after going 2-for-4, second behind only her 17-game streak earlier this season. It marked her 22nd multi-hit game of the season, as she's now just five hits from tying the single-season record (76).
- Sophomore OF Kylan Becker recorded her 15th multi-hit game of the season, driving in two off two hits with a run scored.
- Sophomore Sarah Van Schaik tallied a career-high three hits and drove in a pair for her fifth multi-RBI game of the year, which included an RBI single and RBI double.
- Sophomore 3B Ashton Lampton also went 2-for-3 for her 10th multi-hit game.
- Junior SS Paige McKinney recorded her third multi-hit game with a pair of infield singles and a run scored.
- Junior 2B Grayce Majam recorded a hit in her second-straight start, and had a pair of hard outs in the game as well deep in the outfield.
The Rebels travel to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for a three-game set at Florida. First pitch in the series opener is set for 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT Friday.