Even though it was against the team Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Ole Miss put a 31-2 beatdown on them in the Rebels first game of the fall season. Ole Miss pounded 28 hits in the game with 8 of them being for extra bases.
The defense was hitting on all cylinders too with the pitching staff allowing just two runs and six hits in the game. They also threw 14 strikeouts in the 10 innings played.
Ole Miss Senior Autumn Gillespie and junior Amanda Roth leading the way on offense. Gillespie went 3-for-5 including three doubles while driving in five runs. Roth went 3-3 with a double and two walks. Junior Jessica Puk and true freshman Nyomi Jones also scored four runs apiece, with Puk going 2-for-3. Playing her first collegiate game Jones finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Taylor Watford went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs, while junior Gabby Alvarez drove in a pair of runs on the day.
Ole Miss sent five different pitchers to the mound pitching two innings each. Sophomore Savannah Diederich got the started, recording all six of her outs by strikeout while scattering a pair of hits. Junior Ava Tillmann was next, allowing one hit and one walk, fanning one batter as well. True freshman Taylor Bachmeyer allowed the only two MGCCC runs in the sixth after struggling a bit but also got three strikeouts. Junior Anna Borgen struck out one and allowed one hit in her two frames, while transfer Lindsey Johnson debuted with three strikeouts, one hit surrendered and a walk.
The team now takes a couple of weeks off before resuming its fall schedule on Oct. 6, against UAB and Memphis in a doubleheader at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The Rebels will play eight fall games in all, including seven at home. All home fall games are free and open to the public.