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Rebels upset top-seeded Gators

1675 days ago
SEC Network
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the first time in the 20-year SEC Softball Tournament history the No. 1 seed will not advance past its first game. No. 8 seed Ole Miss beat No. 1 seed Florida 2-0 in the quarterfinals, breaking a 29.2 inning scoring drought against the Gators in the process.

The last time the Rebels scored against Florida was in the 7th inning of a 4-2 loss on April 10, 2016. With the win the Rebels break a nine-game losing streak dating back to March 7, 2014 and notch just their second win in the last 21 games against the Gators.

"We stuck to the game plan today," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Smith. "We came in and we knew exactly what we wanted to do and I'm so proud of this team. I said it yesterday, man this team is resilient. They fight. It doesn't matter who is across there."

Rebels pitcher Kaitlin Lee (18-10) threw her second complete game in as many days, only allowing two hits by the Gators. Lee has thrown 204 pitches in just under 27 hours in the Rebels' first two games of the tournament.

"It's ecstatic playing behind somebody that knows that they are going to pitch their lights out no matter what," said Ole Miss junior Elantra Cox. "It just feels amazing to know that there is somebody in the circle that trusts herself and trusts us on defense."

Lee said she threw her full arsenal of pitches at the Gators, thanks to a pre-game adjustment by pitching coach Taryne Mowatt.

"In the bullpen when I was throwing, something wasn't clicking," Lee said. "I was like, 'Coach T, you got to tell me what's going on here with my curveball.' She gave me one little pointer and it's like it fixed every single pitch, not just my curveball. So, I had every pitch on today, not just my screwball and not just my changeup. I had everything."

Ole Miss' lone scoring play came off an uncharacteristic error by the Gators in the first inning. Third baseman Aleshia Ocasio bobbled the ball attempting to scoop a Kylan Becker grounder. With Elantra Cox in scoring position, Delanie Gourley retired the next two batters before Ole Miss freshman Dylinn Stancil hit a 2 RBI double to right field.

UP NEXT: Ole Miss plays No. 5 seed Alabama in the semifinals on Friday. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 pm ET on ESPNU.