FORT COLLINS, CO – Triple Crown Sports has announced a partnership with FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, to provide live and on-demand coverage of multiple TCS events in youth fastpitch and college softball on FloSoftball.com, as well as men’s and women’s college basketball on FloHoops.com.
Beginning in 2019, FloSoftball will live stream all 34 softball games at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge set for two sessions on Feb. 7-10 and Feb. 14-17, featuring college powerhouses such as Baylor, BYU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Washington.
On July 1-7, FloSoftball will cover the action on 12 fields at the Colorado Sparkler and Fireworks, Triple Crown’s massive youth fastpitch event that draws more than 900 teams annually. FloSoftball will also live stream four games -- 14u, 16u, 18u Power Pool and All-American -- that highlight Festival Nights in Westminster and Aurora, Colo.
Later in the month, FloSoftball will air eight fields during the TC/USA Nationals, Triple Crown’s own highly regarded youth fastpitch national championship in North Atlanta on July 15-18.
The slate of events ends for the year at the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge. FloHoops will live stream all of the women’s games on Nov. 28-30, as well as the Mayan Division of the men’s event on Nov. 26-27. This event has more than a 10-year history of drawing some of the strongest and most exciting D-I college basketball programs from around the country.
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“We are thrilled to partner with FloSports as our official streaming partner at our top club softball and college events,” said Andy Hansen, VP of Media and Branding. “We consider them the leader in live sport event streaming, and their presence will add tremendous value both from a streaming and content standpoint.”
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About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing college and youth events for more than 35 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. TCS youth fastpitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.
An eye-catching list of Power Five softball programs and a slew of mid-major standouts will cross the border next year, as tournament officials for the fourth Puerto Vallarta College Challenge have announced the field for the event’s two sessions, Feb. 7-10 and Feb. 14-17, 2019.
Produced by Triple Crown Sports, the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge is played at the refurbished Nancy Almaraz Stadium and designed to bring high-achieving softball teams into an intimate setting for a unique warm-weather kickoff for the spring season.
Session 1 (Feb. 7-10)
Baylor (Big 12)
BYU (Mountain West)
Liberty (Big South)
Notre Dame (ACC)
North Carolina (ACC)
South Carolina (SEC)
Session 2 (Feb. 14-17)
Mississippi State (SEC)
North Dakota State (Summit League)
Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
Sacramento State (Big Sky)
Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley)
UCF (American Athletic)
Here’s the day-by-day game schedule (Puerto Vallarta is in the USA’s Central Time Zone):
Thursday, February 7
BYU vs South Carolina, 10 a.m. CT
Baylor vs South Carolina, 12:30 p.m. CT
Baylor vs BYU, 3 p.m. CT
Notre Dame vs Duke, 8:30 p.m. CT
Friday, February 8
Liberty vs BYU, 10 a.m. CT
Liberty vs Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m. CT
North Carolina vs Baylor, 3 p.m. CT
South Carolina vs Duke, 6 p.m. CT
North Carolina vs Washington, 8:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, February 9
South Carolina vs Notre Dame, 10 a.m. CT
BYU vs North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. CT
Duke vs Liberty, 3 p.m. CT
Notre Dame vs Washington, 6 p.m. CT
Duke vs Washington, 8:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, February 10
South Carolina vs North Carolina, 9 a.m. CT
Baylor vs Liberty, 12 p.m. CT
Washington vs Liberty, 3 p.m. CT
Washington vs Baylor, 6 p.m. CT
Thursday, February 14
Mississippi State vs Southern Illinois, 10 a.m. CT
North Dakota State vs Northern Colorado, 12:30 p.m. CT
North Dakota State vs Arkansas, 3 p.m. CT
Mississippi State vs Washington, 6 p.m. CT
Arkansas vs Washington, 8:30 p.m. CT
Friday, February 15
Sacramento State vs Mississippi State, 10 a.m. CT
Northern Colorado vs Southern Illinois, 12:30 p.m. CT
Northern Colorado vs Arkansas, 3 p.m. CT
Washington vs UCF, 6 p.m. CT
Washington vs North Dakota State, 8:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, February 16
UCF vs Northern Colorado, 10 a.m. CT
UCF vs Mississippi State, 12:30 p.m. CT
Arkansas vs Sacramento State, 3 p.m. CT
Southern Illinois vs Sacramento State, 6 p.m. CT
Southern Illinois vs North Dakota State, 8:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, February 17
Sacramento State vs UCF, 11 a.m. CT
Session 1 Teams
2018 record: 38-18 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Bears saw a terrific season end on frustrating terms, with a controversial umpire call and a six-hour rain delay sidelining the team at Regionals. Kyla Walker is back for her senior year after hitting .433 in the spring, the second-highest batting average in program history. There’s also reason to be excited by the pitching staff, led by senior Gia Rodoni, who was 23-12 last year with 268 strikeouts. Head coach Glenn Moore has topped 850 wins in his 18 seasons at Baylor and guided the program to the Women’s College World Series on four occasions.
2018 record: 36-22 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Cougars remain a consistent force in the sport, winning their 10th straight conference title and reaching the NCAA Regionals for the 14th consecutive season. The offense gets the benefit of one more year with Libby Sugg, who hit a monsterous .414 last year with an on-base percentage of .500; sophomore Bridget Fleener hit. 378 as a freshman, and junior Rylee Jensen was a super-productive outfielder in hitting .329 with 57 runs scored. Junior pitcher Kerisa Viramontes is shaping up to be a reliable force in the circle, as she was 19-6 last year with a 2.11 ERA.
2018 record: 29-27 (lost in ACC Tournament)
The Blue Devils, believe it or not, didn’t even have a softball program until this spring, so their inaugural campaign impressed by any measure. Leading hitter Raine Wilson is back; the junior hit .371 and had 23 extra-base hits last year. Duke has some options at pitcher as well, as sophomore Amelia Wiercioch had a sub-2.00 ERA and won 11 games and classmate Peyton St. George came through with eight wins and an ERA of 1.79. Head coach Marissa Young was a three-time All-America selection as a pitcher at the University of Michigan and was named the 2002 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year.
2018 record: 49-14 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Flames, coached by Olympic champion and one of the sport’s all-time greats in Dot Richardson, took it up a notch last season by reaching an NCAA Regional Final for the first time, and topping a nationally ranked team for the first time since 2007. Senior pitcher Julia DiMartino was a stunning 29-8 last year with a 1.72 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 240.2 innings pitched. The offense is primed by twin sisters Amber and Autumn Bishop, who are entering their junior year and both hit .365 as sophomores. Amber Bishop had 21 doubles and 11 home runs, while Autumn Bishop added 25 doubles and eight home runs.
2018 record: 30-26 (lost in ACC Tournament)
The Tar Heels lost just two seniors from last year and have a real shot at bettering their third-place finish in the ACC. Junior pitcher Brittany Pickett is an obvious asset; she was 28-12 last year with a 2.29 ERA and 216 Ks in 299.2 innings. North Carolina puts an emphasis on base stealing, and senior Leah Murray is back after stealing 34 bases, which put her in the top 20 nationally. Texas Tech transfer Kiani Ramsey had a terrific debut season, leading the team with a .374 batting average and adding 17 stolen bases. The Tar Heels are coached by Donna J. Papa, who has run the program for 33 years and ranks eighth all-time in Division I victories
2018 record: 34-23 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Fighting Irish were a bit inconsistent last year, but the roster had enough juice to beat eventual national champion Florida State in an ACC game in late April. Senior outfielder Ali Wester hit .365 last year and added 15 stolen bases; sophomore Abby Sweet had a strong debut season as she hit .333 with team-high totals of 38 runs, 13 doubles and 22 HBPs. Sophomore pitcher Alexis Holloway looked every bit the star after a lauded high school career, as she went 22-15 with a 2.55 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 228 innings. Head coach Deanna Gumpf has 702 victories in her 17 seasons at Notre Dame.
2018 record: 49-17 (lost to Arizona State in NCAA Super Regionals)
The Gamecocks were picked last preseason to finish 12th in the powerful SEC, but they shocked the masses by finishing third. The program is certainly set in the circle as all three primary pitchers return: Cayla Drotar (21-7, 2.25 ERA), Kelsey Oh (14-5, 1.92 ERA, 135 Ks in 138.2 IP) and Dixie Raley (14-5, 2.09 ERA). South Carolina added a key transfer late in the summer cycle in sophomore Kate Prebble; she played at Gardner Webb and was the Big South Player of the Year after notching 23 home runs and 71 RBI. Mackenzie Boesel hit .360 as a sophomore with 53 runs, 47 RBI and 29 extra-base hits; Drotar also hit .268 and slugged 10 home runs.
2018 record: 52-10 (reached WCWS, lost to Florida State in the NCAA Championship Series)
The Huskies find Puerto Vallarta so nice, they’ll play in it twice in 2019 – Washington is in both the Feb. 7-10 and Feb. 14-17 sessions. The Huskies also have good memories from the Puerto Vallarta event in 2017, when they beat then-No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Auburn. Washington’s 2018 season saw it hold the No. 1 ranking for extended periods and should be tough again with senior pitcher Taran Alvelo (23-5, 1.30 ERA, 242 Ks in 188 innings) and Australian sophomore Gabbie Plain (22-5, 1.01 ERA, 181 Ks in 166.1 innings). Junior second baseman Sis Bates was a first-team all-American and Pac-12 defensive player of the year; she hit .389 last year.
Session 2 Teams
2018 record: 42-17 (lost to Oklahoma in NCAA Super Regionals)
The Razorbacks reached No. 13 in the national rankings and earned a spot in a Super Regional for the first time in program history. Providing essential punch in the circle is sophomore Mary Haff, a finalist for NFCA freshman of the year who was 29-7 with a 1.51 ERA and 249 Ks in 213.1 innings. Hannah McEwen also had a dynamite start to her college run, hitting .339 and adding a team-high 45 runs, 12 home runs and 57 RBI. Head coach Courtney Deifel enters her fourth year at the helm; the program cut more than four runs off its combined ERA between years 1 and 2 of her run at Arkansas. She was an all-American catcher at California, winners of the 2002 NCAA title.
2018 record: 34-22 (lost in American Athletic Conference Tournament)
The Knights were outhit by opponents last year (.264 to .257), but solid pitching in the shape of a 2.55 staff ERA helped make up the difference. Alea White was strong in the circle as a sophomore, going 25-15 with a 2.34 ERA and 175 Ks in 266.2 innings. The team’s two leading hitters from last season are also back – Denali Schappacher hit .340 and scored 30 runs, while Cassady Brewer hit .338 with an on-base percentage of .491. This is an interesting moment for the program; Renee Luers-Gillispie coached the team from its start in 2000, but is leaving after 18 years to run the show at Iowa. The new head coach is Cindy Ball, who led the way at Boise State the past four years.
2018 record: 38-23 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Bulldogs are making their way in the brutal SEC, winning a tournament game last year for the first time since 2005. The first order of business is identifying go-to pitching options, as returners Candace Denis and Emily Williams combined for just 108 innings last season. The offense is less of a mystery, as sophomore Mia Davidson set a program record with 19 home runs in her first year; she added 50 runs, 48 RBI and hit .370. Senior outfielder Kat Moore hit a solid .344 in 2018, and Emily Heimberger hit .332 and stole 17 bases. Head coach Vann Stuedeman added JUCO standout Christian Quinn (.403, 28 SB) from Florida Southwestern State College.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE
2018 record: 34-19 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Bison have become the premier team in the Summit League, winning nine of the past 10 league tournaments to become a fixture in the NCAA playoffs, and they had the tools to beat No. 10 LSU, 1-0, in March. The most experienced pitcher coming back is senior KK Leddy, who threw 114 innings last year and won seven games. Senior Zoe Stavrou did terrific work last year, hitting .314, and there’s some real punch in the lineup with senior Vanessa Anderson (team-best eight home runs and 31 RBI). The roster got some extra attention in the offseason with the addition of transfers Cara Beatty (Iowa) and Sam Koehn (Marshall), both of whom have three years of eligibility remaining.
2018 record: 28-28 (earned berth in NISC)
The Bears turn to new head coach Ben Garcia, who ran a superior D-II program at Colorado Mesa University for four years with a 169-49 overall record. Fortunately, Northern Colorado is riding a high point as well, tying a program record for wins last year. Nine players are back for 2019, including all-Big Sky first teamer Jordyn Wiatrak, who hit .333 as a junior and drove in 29 runs. Also back for her senior year is pitcher Valerie Vidal, who closed with an 18-12 record last year an authored the program’s first 7-inning no-hitter in a win over Seton Hall. Beefing up the squad from the underclassmen ranks is sophomore Mady Young, who had a team-high 21 runs and stole 12 bases.
2018 record: 31-20 (reached NCAA Regionals)
The Hornets have reason to be optimistic, as last season marked its first appearance in the NCAA postseason since 2008 after claiming the Big Sky title for the first time. Thanks to her power and consistency, junior Suzy Brookshire is an attention-getter, as she hit 18 home runs last year with 51 RBI, with a batting average of .371 and an OBP of .461. Nene Alas, now a senior, came through by hitting .343 and scoring 32 runs with 11 stolen bases. Senior pitcher Savannah Corr is in line for a larger role after winning seven games and throwing 106.2 innings, and the team will likely lean on New Mexico transfer Jensen Main, who won eight games and threw 162.2 innings last spring.
2018 record: 31-22 (lost in Missouri Valley Tournament)
The Salukis are coached by Kerri Blaylock, who has led the program for 18 years (just two losing seasons) and won more than 650 games. Junior Maddy Vermejan improved notably last season, hitting .346 and posting a .474 OBP with 38 runs scored. Sophomore Jenny Jansen hit .329 as a freshman, and junior Katelyn Massa did real damage in the batting order, batting .310 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI (and a .431 OBP). Pitching ace Brianna Jones will return for her senior year – she was 26-8 last season with a 2.08 ERA and 211 Ks in 232.1 innings pitched. D-II transfer pitcher Claire Miller is on the roster now; she threw 195 innings last year with a 1.97 ERA.
About the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge
The inaugural Puerto Vallarta College Challenge was held in 2015, featuring the teams from BYU, Nevada, Northern Colorado and Southern Illinois. Those were the first fastpitch games in NCAA history played outside the United States.
As word spread about this unique softball setting, Triple Crown Sports and city officials at Puerto Vallarta agreed in to pool resources and improve almost every aspect of Nancy Almaraz Stadium, site of the event. While the tournament was not held in 2016, there was enough time to complete the work on the stadium, as well as contact more D-1 fastpitch programs to build a dynamic 10-team field for 2017.
With its February placement, the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge offers programs a warm-weather setting to help launch their spring schedules, while also giving fans a chance to follow their favorite teams while enjoying a memorable oceanside resort retreat and vacation.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for more than 35 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs. TCS fastpitch tournaments (including the 1,000-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.
by Elliott Finkelstein, Director of Fastpitch, Triple Crown Sports
All eyes in the college softball world certainly turned a glance toward one of the most storied and anticipated matchups this postseason, when Arizona and UCLA squared off for a berth in the Women’s College World Series. One could argue that it all started with these two programs, who own more D-1 collegiate softball championships than all other programs combined (19 of 35). Who would earn the trip to OKC and the WCWS? How will they get there and what will be the biggest surprise? Turns out UCLA has the best, final answer. But what about the 800-pound gorilla in the room – postseason officiating!
Some would argue that the rules mysteriously change during the playoffs, leaving some to ask if there’s an unwritten unpublished postseason rule book. And could we get a copy? I’d like a to be a fly on the wall at the pre-tournament umpire meetings. Do the nationally seeded teams get “special treatment?” Do home teams get “home cooking” on the close calls?
This year has been full of game-deciding calls. Obstruction, out of the batter’s box, and of course illegal pitches, seem to rule the day. I have been told there are points of emphasis each year when it comes to rule enforcement. Huh? Shouldn’t all rules be enforced? If not, why have them at all? It’s fairly common to see basketball officials “swallow the whistle” late in lopsided games or during the playoffs. We’ve all seen expanded strike zones in games where the outcome has been decided early, but the mercy rule is not in effect quite yet. Whose judgement do we question then?
Judgement is the key to many calls, but unfortunately there are many levels of judgement ... good, bad or apparently none at all. No different than real life. It’s loud and clear when coaches, fans and players don’t agree with umpire judgement, it’s just there are some rules that just flat don’t compute. It’s probably time to question some decisions from the rules committee. Couldn’t we just move the pitching rubber back 2 or 3 more feet and get rid of the “crow hop” rule? I have a hard time finding two officials describe an illegal pitch the same way on the same call. The rule never seems to be applied consistently and certainly not equally from pitcher to pitcher. How about out of the box, when there are clearly no chalk lines left to see? The plate umpire has a difficult enough time getting the strike zone right without having to watch the batter’s feet. Could there be electronics in the not-too-distant future? Then there is obstruction! This could be the worst of the judgement situations. Did the ball get there first? Was the defensive player blocking the base? Rarely do I see this called correctly. I miss old school defense.
How about hitters and their “Evo Shields.” Given enough protective gear we see hitters lean into pitches all the time. Umpires rarely call the batter for being in the strike zone. Remove the armor and lean in all you want. I hear pitchers and catchers now calling for an “EVO” … which means a girl is about to get plunked.
It’s an American pastime and a right of admission to vocally question an official’s judgement. We have all seen poor positioning and really bad calls change the outcome. Interestingly enough, 98% of all calls are probably correct, but there isn’t any fun in talking about that. We celebrate .400 batting averages and .700 winning percentages; however, if an official is 90% right he/she is horrible. If the rules committee was held to the same standard as those who participate in the game, perhaps we could get a set of simplified rules and let the game be decided by the players.
At the end of the day the officials have a job to do. Enforce the rules, even the bad ones.
Under the lights at Nancy Almaraz Field, Saturday night's finale pitted the PAC-12’s No. 3 Oregon Ducks (9-1) against the SEC’s No. 15 Ole Miss Rebels (6-2). In an early season extra-inning classic, the Rebels prevailed 1-0.
Through six innings, not even total number of hits, one a piece, could separate the two schools. An extra inning, with the international tie-breaker in place in the eighth inning couldn’t even do the trick. Elantra Cox, tying a school record, recorded her 223rd career hit, scoring Paige McKinney, ending the final game of the 2018 Puerto Vallarta college challenge in thrilling fashion.
The Ducks cannot blame Megan Kleist who pitched eight innings, gave up only three hits and recorded a tournament record 16 strikeouts. Jenna Lilley led the Ducks with two hits in her four plate appearances.
Kaitlin Lee led the way for the Rebels, pitching nine full, striking out five and giving up only four hits.
Texas and Houston squared off in a neutral site, in-state showdown Saturday evening in Puerto Vallarta. In the last game for both teams, Texas came out on top 7-3.
The Longhorns (4-4) had been searching for an offensive outburst and found it as soon as the first pitch reached the plate. Four players recorded multiple hits including Jenae Jefferson who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Mariah Garcia provided the offense for Houston (4-4) with a two-run home run in the third inning.
Erica Wright started in the circle for Texas. In seven innings, Wright surrendered seven hits, three runs, two earned runs and no walks while striking out four.
In its final game of the tournament, Rutgers rallied for the tying run in the seventh, then scored three runs in the eighth to give the Scarlet Knights a 4-3 win over Houston in Saturday’s second game at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Trailing 1-0, Rutgers (3-6) tied the game as Christine Malito’s first collegiate hit netted her first RBI as well as her single scored Nicole Bowman. With the International Tiebreaker Rule in effect starting in the eighth, Rutgers took full advantage for three runs. A sacrifice fly by Jess Hughes plated the first run, then Rebecca Hall drilled a two-run home run down the line in right to make it 4-1.
Houston (4-3) wouldn’t go quietly as Sarah Queen’s RBI single made it 4-2. The Cougars would proceed to load the bases, and Tierrah Williams would drill a shot to center for a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3. But with two out, a lazy fly ball to left would end the game as the Scarlet Knights came out with a win.
Cambria Keefer pitched all eight innings, earning the win for Rutgers. Trystan Melancon took the loss for Houston.
Abbey Latham hit her first career home run for Ole Miss (5-2) and recorded her first two RBIs in a 9-1 win over Rutgers (2-6) in the first game of Saturday’s action in Puerto Vallarta.
The Ole Miss Rebels rebounded from a 6-0 shutout to Houston on Friday and scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, two in the fifth and two more in sixth.
Celeste Wood was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Alex Schneider and Paige McKinney both finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Rutgers scored its first run of the tournament in the bottom of the fifth inning when Rebecca Hall lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.
Anna Borgen started in the circle for Ole Miss and gave five hits in four complete innings. Alyssa Clayton pitched two innings of relief and gave up an unearned run on two hits and one walk.
A five-run second inning propelled No. 3 Oregon to an, 8-0 (5), win over Texas (3-4) in the sixth game of the second session at the 2018 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
DJ Sanders started the second with a solo bomb for Oregon (9-0), with an RBI single by Alexis Mack and a two-run double from Jenna Lilley pushed the Ducks to their first five runs.
Lilley would continue her hot-hitting as her two-run infield single made it 7-0 after three innings. Mary Iakopo would then plate Sanders with a double off the top off the wall in center for the 8-0 lead through four.
That would be enough for Miranda Elish, who picked up her third complete-game shutout of the season with seven strikeouts.
Janae Jefferson had one of the Longhorns’ three hits on the game as Texas moved to 3-4 on the season.
Rutgers (2-5) drew a tough task on Friday, facing the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (8-0). Behind a powerful offense and an deliberate pitching performance from Maggie Balint, the Ducks cruised to a 10-0 win.
The Ducks wasted no time finding its offensive rhythm. It took just four hits, including a home run from DJ Sanders, to put a five spot on the board in the opening frame and it didn’t stop there. Adding two runs in the second and three in the third, the Ducks were led by Jenna Lilley who totaled three hits, an RBI and three runs scored.
Maggie Balint didn’t quite match the 10-strikeout performance from Kleist on Thursday, but the sophomore pitched five solid innings, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless, giving up just two hits and striking out three. Oregon’s defense didn’t mess around either, dialing up three double plays throughout the afternoon.
Erin Collins and Nicole Bowman came up with only hit on the afternoon for Rutgers.
The Houston Cougars (4-2) pulled off the first upset of the weekend as they downed No. 15/18 Ole Miss (4-2) 6-0 on Friday afternoon in Puerto Vallarta.
After being shut out by Oregon the day before, the Cougars unleashed 15 hits on Ole Miss pitchers Brittany Finney, Morgan Bruce and Ava Tillmann. Sarah Barker led the UH offense, getting on base five times with a career-high four hits and a walk. Tierrah Williams added three hits of her own in the contest.
Trystan Melancon held the Rebels to three hits in six innings of work and only walked two. Savannah Heebner finished the game allowing two hits and striking out two in one inning.
Ole Miss centerfield Kylan Becker continued her success at the plate going 2-4.