Ole Miss Run-Rules Chattanooga, Cajuns Hang On Against SEMO
OXFORD- Ole Miss junior Kaylee Horton delivered her second three-RBI performance of the season on Friday night in a 12-0 win against Chattanooga.
Horton was also 3-for-3 in the contest with a triple and two singles. It was the fourth time this year that she collected three hits in a game.
A .298 hitter, the right fielder continues to take advantage of the opportunity that has been presented to her. After a 3-for-3 outing on April 24 against Southern Mississippi, head coach Mike Smith moved Horton from the bottom third of the lineup into the five-hole.
"(Kaylee) was batting in the six, seven-spot most of the year and we moved her up because she's a really good contact hitter and doesn't strike out a whole bunch," Smith said. "We wanted to be able to give some more RBI production in that situation."
Horton isn't definitely not a power hitter. She doesn't have a home run to her name into her third season at Ole Miss. However, she has four triples and four doubles with 23 RBIs. She's only struck out 15 times in 168 at-bats.
"Being in the five-spot, (I feel like) I just have to be more focused especially with runners on," said Horton. "I need to do my job moving runners over, get them in scoring position or drive them in. I'm just going to do whatever to help my team out."
Jessica Puk and Amanda Roth also had three runs driven in to back a combined five-hit performance from Brittany Finney and Ava Tillmann.
"I think a lot of people were doubting us a little bit," said Smith about the Rebels coming into the tournament. "I think that was a statement game for us and these girls proved that we should be an 11-seed. we deserve to go out there and swing the bats, pitch, and we're going to make those teams pay for those mistakes. That's exactly what they did and I'm proud of them."
Louisiana Hangs On To Beat SEMO
Summer Ellyson struck out 13 and limited Southeast Missouri to four hits and two runs in a seven-inning complete-game 3-2 win for Louisiana victory.
Alissa Dalton led the Ragin' Cajun offense by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Lexie Comeaux recorded an RBI and was 1-for-3.
"It was an interesting game," said Louisiana head coach Gerry Glasco. "I'm proud of the girls for figuring out a way to win. I think we can play a lot better. I didn't feel like we played anywhere near to the level or potential that we should play at... I thought Summer (Ellyson) pitched a great game. I thought our defense was solid. We just can play better and I know the girls know that they can play better."