Ole Miss softball shuts out Arizona State 2-0 for regional title berth

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) – The top of the Ole Miss order was on top of its game for the Rebels on Saturday.

Elantra Cox and Kylan Becker combined for five of the team’s six hits, with Miranda Strother adding the other, in a 2-0 win over Arizona State. Ole Miss will play against North Carolina in its first-ever regional final on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

“There is a reason why they are at the top of our lineup,” Rebel head coach Mike Smith said. “Our offense goes as they go, which is bad sometimes because people can rely on them a lot.”

That trio picked up the only two runs for the Rebels in the bottom of the sixth. Cox led the inning off with a triple. Becker followed that up with a triple of her own, scoring Cox. Then Strother grabbed a double to score Becker and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.

“I had a good feeling about that last inning,” Smith said. “I felt the energy, again, the energy from our fans. We have been in that situation eight times before with a potential walk off. I felt really comfortable in that situation.”
“I felt I could get to three,” Cox said of her triple to start the inning. “I saw coach waving me so I figured, ‘all right, let’s get there.’ It gets the team going. Any hit that we get is always upbeat for us to know that someone is on base and someone can move us over.”
Strother came up big again for her team in the seventh. Sashel Palacios drilled a shot to center field and rounded first to go for a double. Strother fired a throw to get Palacios in time to start another scoreless inning for starter Kaitlin Lee.
Lee threw her 11th consecutive complete game in Saturday’s win. That’s the first school record she broke on the day. The junior tossed her 10th shutout of the season, breaking the record she set on Friday.

“It was not my best game or my best stuff,” Lee said. “If the cameras were on me at all, you would have seen I went in the fourth, fifth, sixth and before the seventh inning to the bullpen to work on my stuff. It kept getting lackadaisical in a way. The pitches were not moving on those harder hits that they got. So for every hard hit that they had, I would come in and work on that pitch to make sure it was moving. We tend to attack everyone the same way. We stick to our strong points, and it seems to be working out for us.”

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