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.