March 27, 2012
RIDGELAND, Miss. - The Southern Miss softball team ended their eight-game homestand on Tuesday when they traveled to Ridgeland where they fell to in-state rival Ole Miss, 5-3 at the Freedom Ridge Softball Park.
Ole Miss (14-16, 2-6 SEC) got on the board in the first with one run on London Ladner's hard hit ball deep into the hole at second to allow a two-out baserunner to come in from second.
The Rebels pushed their lead to 3-0 in the second as pitcher Erinn Jayjohn recorded a lead-off double and came in following a sacrifice and single through the left side from Amanda Hutcheson. Hutcheson then stole a pair of bases and a fielding error by the Golden Eagles (10-18, 2-7 C-USA) allowed the inning's final run to come across.
Through the first three innings, Jayjohn limited the Golden Eagles to just a pair of hits and Southern Miss left just a single runner on base, Carissa Turang on third in the second inning.
In the fifth, however, Southern Miss managed to load the bases with no outs and following a flyout, Chanell Thurman was able to bring one across from third.
Ole Miss answered back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs off two doubles to push their lead to 5-1.
Beth Dietrich managed to keep the Rebels off the bases in the sixth and Southern Miss rallied back in the seventh, scoring a pair of runs out of a pair of bases loaded situations.
In the first, Leslie LeJune ripped a shot to the shortstop who attempted to get the force out at second, but the ball was bobbled and all runners were safe to make it a 5-2 game. Taylor Brown, following LeJune, hit a similar ball to the second baseman Corrine Doornberg who missed the tag to allow another run to come in. But the luck ran out for Southern Miss as the Rebel defense closed the door on the 5-3 game.
Dietrich (4-7) suffered the loss after throwing six innings, scattering nine hits and allowing five runs (four earned). Jayjohn (2-7) picked up the complete game victory, giving up six hits and allowing two runs (one earned).
Southern Miss returns to action on Saturday when they step back into Conference USA action at Memphis for a scheduled doubleheader. The two teams will complete their series on Sunday with a single game.