Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Softball defeated Ole Miss, 6-1, on Saturday evening at Mizzou Softball Stadium en route to its first series victory in a SEC opener since 2016.
The Tigers (18-6, 2-0 SEC) took the early lead as Jazmyn Rollin scored off an RBI single from Kim Wert in the bottom of the first inning. Mizzou's momentum continued, as it increased its advantage over Ole Miss (12-12, 0-2 SEC) in the second inning off an RBI single from Rollin.
The Tigers added some insurance in the fourth, scoring two runs with a sac-fly from Hattie Moore and double from Wert.
In the top of the fifth, however, the Rebels looked to even things up. Ole Miss notched its first run of the game off a RBI single, cutting the Tigers' lead to three.
With the bases loaded and just one out, Megan Schumacher entered the game, replacing starter Emma Nichols, for the Tigers. Mizzou's defense then came up big, converting on a double play to halt the Rebels offense and end the inning with the lead.
The Tigers would tack on two more runs in the sixth before the game's end to secure the 6-1 victory.
- Kim Wert tallied two RBIs on the win, batting one run in each on a single in the first and double in the fourth. The junior notched her fourth multi-RBI game of the season.
- Jazmyn Rollin went 2-for-3 at the plate, tallying her fifth double of the season in the first inning and an RBI single in the second.
- Emma Nichols secured her third victory of the season, allowing just three hits and one earned run on 4.1 innings pitched.
- With the victory, the Tigers secure the season series over the Rebels, its first series victory in a SEC opener since 2016.
- Mizzou improved to 7-0 when scoring in the games' opening frame this season. The Tigers also improved to 12-2 when scoring first.
- As a team, the Tigers set a new season high, hitting four doubles in the win over the Rebels. This is the most doubles since Mizzou tallied five against Kentucky last season (3/22/19).
- With a double in her opening at bat, Jazmyn Rollin matched her career high, as she now has five doubles on the season.
- Kim Wert notched her fourth multi-RBI game of the season, batting in two runs off two hits.
- With a double in the sixth inning, Cayla Kessinger improved her hitting streak to 13 games. It is her longest hitting streak since riding a 14-game wave over the 2017-18 seasons.
- Brooke Wilmes has reached base safely in 18-straight games.
- Mizzou's freshman pitching class was crucial yet again, as Emma Nichols and Megan Shumacher combined to pitch for six innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits.
Mizzou finishes its three-game season series against Ole Miss on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Tigers will look to sweep the Rebels for the first time since 2014.