Devilettes Take a Bite Out of SEC foe Ole Miss
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OXFORD, Miss.– MVSU took advantage of three errors that led to two unearned runs in a 4-1 win over Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss on Tuesday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. It was the 10th win in a row for the Devilettes, who improved to 27-17.
Ole Miss (17-29) threatened in the first after leadoff batter Corrine Doornberg reached on a bunt single to start the frame and moved to second on a throwing error by Valley third baseman Kayla Mercado. With one out, shortstop Allison Brown singled to left and then stole second to put runners on second and third. After first baseman Londen Ladner walked to load the bases, starting pitcher Kendall Bruning struck out swinging and catcher Marina Parra popped out to short to strand all the runners.
The Devilettes grabbed a 3-0 in the top of the third with three runs aided by a pair of Ole Miss errors. Bruning walked the first two batters of the inning and shortstop Allison Brown booted a grounder to load the bases. After a fielder’s choice, designated player Nichole Burr singled to left to plate one run and left fielder Brittany Broome’s errant throw allowed another run to score.
MVSU added another run in the fifth after third baseman Cali Overbeck booted a ground ball to start the frame and Burr had an RBI single later in the frame that put the Devilettes up 4-0.
The Rebels responded in the bottom of the fifth after Doornberg earned a two-out, bases-empty walk and Broome followed with an RBI triple to left center that cut the deficit to 4-1.
Ole Miss threatened in the bottom of the seventh after freshman Jenna Hollenkamp led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Dallas Hardin sac bunt. However, Natalie Nimmo struck out swinging and Doornberg struck out looking to end the game.
MVSU ace Alicia Lorenz (16-8) earned the win on the rubber. She scattered six hits in seven innings, allowed a run, struck out four and walked two. Burr and Alexandra Sullivan had two hits apiece. Burr also had two RBI.