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Rebels capture 36th straight non-conference win

117 days ago
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OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss (23-13) fell behind early but quickly rebounded, setting aside Central Arkansas (22-11) 4-1 Tuesday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

Anna Borgen picked up her eighth win of the season, tossing 5.1 frames with one unearned run allowed on five hits, striking out four. Savannah Diederich finished things off for her first save of the year, striking out half of the six batters she faced.

After a pair of scoreless frames, the Bears broke through first, taking advantage of a Rebel error to do so. After Tremere Harris recorded the first hit of the game on a flare to left field, the speedy Bear right fielder swiped second and cruised all the way home when the throw down to second went wide and to the wall.

The Rebels responded immediately, with Paige Smith driving a slicing double to right to score Mikayla Allee and tie the game. Two pitches later, Autumn Gillespie brought in Tate Whitley with a grounder to give the Rebs the lead and Blaise Biringer ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate Jessica Puk and put Ole Miss up 3-1 after three.

With a 9-4 lead in hand, Diederich collected her three outs in the home half, earning a win for the Rebels on getaway day.

Quick Hits

• Ole Miss extends its non-conference home winning streak to 36 games, dating back to 2018.

• Tuesday's win was the 22nd game of the season for Ole Miss allowing two runs or less.

• The win also snapped Central Arkansas's nine-game winning streak.

• Paige Smith extended her hitting streak to seven games, also extending her team lead with her 28th RBI.

• Blaise Biringer's sixth-inning home run was the first inside-the-park homer for Ole Miss since Kylan Becker made a true round tripper against Southern Illinois during the 2017 NCAA Oxford Regional.

• The Rebels drew four walks in the game, crossing the century mark for the season. Jessica Puk drew a pair of free passes, extending her team lead with 18 in 2021.

Up Next

The Rebels look to remain hot at home resuming SEC play, welcoming South Carolina to Oxford for a three-game series Friday through Sunday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Saturday's game will be broadcasted on national TV on the SEC Network, while Friday and Sunday's affairs will be streamed on SEC Network +.