As the premiere Ole Miss softball blog on the web, we provide recaps and analysis from those who follow the team and are able to do some educated hollerin’ about it. However, in an effort to offer a fresh, far more dumb perspective from someone who hasn’t followed the season up until this point whatsoever, I, Gray, have been tasked with recapping Ole Miss’ victory over the Cougars of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a rare destination directional school.
While my understanding of softball is that it’s like baseball, but way faster and more entertaining, you better believe I was on the bandwagon last spring when Ole Miss won the SEC Tournament and advanced to a Super Regional. Back then, I could give you EXPERT analysis and all the takes you needed.
Now, not so much. But will I let that stop me from writing 500 words on a game I don’t follow? NEVER. Do we have a better equipped writer do this for us? Lol, we have at least seven. Why are we doing this? You don’t get to be the premiere Ole Miss softball blog without doing foolish things. With that in mind, let’s get to Monday’s action.
Ole Miss got on the board in the bottom of the first (“WELL, WE WANTED TO GET OFF TO A FAST START AGAINST THESE GUYS, BOB”) when catcher Autumn Gillespie smashed a two-out double to right-center field, scoring Elantra Cox, who had previously stolen second and third, because I assume she is the Rickey Henderson of women’s softball (minus referring to herself in the third person, which means Rickey Henderson was almost the Elantra Cox of Major League Baseball). SIUE would tie the game in the top of the fourth, most likely due to scheming and umpire manipulation, but I am unable to confirm that.
After allowing only one run through four innings as the starting pitcher, Anna Borgen was replaced by Kaitlin Lee prior to the fifth inning. My lasting memory of Lee is her throwing somewhere near 273 innings (give or take) at the SEC Tournament last year and allowing only negative seven runs — that is, the opposing offense gave Ole Miss seven runs (no, I don’t know how either, but look it up). With Lee now in the circle, Ole Miss knew it had three innings to come up with one run because SIUE wasn’t getting SQUAT.
Rather than waiting around until the last inning to score and creating the most anxiety possible, which is the Ole Miss way, the Rebels went ahead and piled on five runs in the bottom of the fifth to leave no doubt about the outcome. The breakout inning was highlighted by more of Autumn Gillespie hitting a softball far away from home plate — which, I’m told, is a good thing — as she hammered a two-run home run to left.
When you realize it’s almost time for a six-hour bus ride back home:
As expected, after Ole Miss took the 6-1 lead, Lee threw two more scoreless innings to help complete Ole Miss’ sixth-straight win of the season and 10th overall. Will they ever lose again? Well, after watching a three-minute highlight video, I consider myself somewhat of an expert, and my conclusion is that IT’S TOO EARLY TO TELL, BUT I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED.
Your next chance to see win number seven in what could be a 52-game winning streak is on Friday, when the Ole Miss women host UT-Martin at 5:30 PM on SECN+. That’s happy hour time, friends, so gather ‘round.