OXFORD, Miss. – Despite a cold day at the ballpark, Ole Miss softball’s offense was red hot as the Rebels racked up 25 runs on 21 hits in their two run-rule victories over Purdue and St. Thomas on day two of the Rebel Invitational.
The Rebels (17-12) used big first innings, combining for 12 runs in the opening frame on the day. In total, 17 different Rebels crossed the plate out of 18 that appeared on offense and seven finished the day with multiple hits. Ole Miss also looked sharp in the circle, holding Purdue and St. Thomas to one earned run.
GAME ONE: OLE MISS 12, PURDUE 2
Ole Miss scored in every inning against the Boilermakers en route to a 12-2 run-rule victory to start the day. The Rebel offense tallied seven hits and took advantage of seven walks on the afternoon. Makenna Kliethermes went the full 5.0 innings in the circle, holding Purdue to one hit while striking out six.
The Rebels wasted no time, hanging seven on the visitors in the first inning. They quickly loaded the bases on two walks and a fielder’s choice to set the table for Keila Kamoku. The sophomore second baseman ripped a two-run single right back up the middle, and the offense never looked back.
After reloading the bases with two outs, Paige Smith quickly cleared them, scorching a double over the center fielder’s head to plate three more and make it five nothing. But the Rebs weren’t done. Jamie Mackay and Tate Whitley, who batted around, walked to load the bases for a third time. Mikayla Allee and Mya Stevenson both increased the lead to seven on a walk and Purdue error.
Ole Miss continued to add to its lead, scoring two in the second and…
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