Haley Fagan (above) takes a big swing on her three-run homer.
Auburn, Ala.--Ole Miss snapped Auburn’s five-game softball winning streak on Saturday and Coach Clint Myers was not pleased with what he saw.
Trailing 4-2 in the third inning, the Rebels scored five runs to take control of the game on the way to a 10-4 victory to even the series. The teams will play again at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Myers said, “We had 13 hits and how many runners did we leave on base? It was 12 people. How do you win when you leave 12 people on base. We had people on base all day long. Somebody has got to step up and say, ‘Listen, I can hit.’
“We did a better job of getting the walk, we did a better job of doing things, but we didn’t do anything really clutch except for one inning.”
A big problem for the Tigers is that Ole Miss was effective against pitcher Makayla Martin, who gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings as she fell to13-5 for the season.
“She didn’t spot it as well as she has,” Myers said. “She just wasn’t herself in the circle and that was evident.”
Freshman Ashlee Swindle gave up seven hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Jenna Abbott, who pitched a scoreless inning.
Three of Auburn’s runs came on a homer by Haley Fagan in the second inning as the Tigers responded with four runs after the Rebels took a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning.
The Tigers were unable to score any more and as a result dropped to 32-6 overall and 7-4 in the SEC. Ole Miss improved to 26-12 and 3-9 in the league.
Victoria Draper contributed at the plate for the Tigers.
Freshman Carmyn Greenwood and Victoria Draper had three hits for the Tigers while Kasey Cooper and Alyssa Rivera finished with two apiece.
“We have to compete a whole lot better than what we are,” Myers said. “At this point of the season you have to go out and do it every day.”
Sunday's game at Jane B. Moore Field will be televised on ESPNU.