By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss waited 807 games for the program’s first no-hitter, but the Rebels wouldn’t have to wait as long for number two. After senior Becky Nye tossed the first no-hitter in school history against Alcorn State in game one of a doubleheader on Friday, junior Brittany Barnhill followed with a no-hitter of her own as Ole Miss swept both games over the Lady Braves by a score of 8-0.
Nye did not allow a hit and struck out five batters in six shutout innings in game one. She walked two batters and only allowed one runner past first base. She recorded seven fly ball outs and five groundouts in the complete-game effort. It was Nye’s first career no-hitter and her 13th career shutout.
Barnhill followed Nye with another six-inning no-hitter. She struck out seven in her first complete-game shutout this season. Barnhill gave up no hits and issued only three walks, while allowing just two runners past first. She posted seven groundouts and three fly ball outs.
“What an amazing, record-setting day by the pitchers,” said Ole Miss head coach Missy Dickerson. “Becky and Brittany both pitched tremendous games and we got the production at the plate we needed today.”
With the doubleheader sweep, Ole Miss (29-27) has posted its second-ever winning season and the first since 2005. The Rebels must now wait see if their name is called for an NCAA Regional Sunday night when the selections are announced live at 9 p.m. CDT on ESPNU. Ole Miss is seeking the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history.
The Rebels grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second of game one on an RBI bunt single by left fielder Courtnie Ghinaudo. Ole Miss extended its lead to 5-0 in the third with four more runs highlighted by a three-run home run by senior Ashley Dowdy. It was Dowdy’s fourth homer of the season and second in as many games.
Ole Miss finished game one with three runs in the sixth inning for the run-rule win. Second baseman Corrine Doornberg started the frame with a walk and move to second on Brittany Broome’s bunt single. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and shortstop Lauren Grill walked to load the bases. Doornberg then scored on a wild pitch, while Broome and Grill each advanced a base. Broome later scored on a Brittany Barnhill sac fly and catcher Amber Tramp ended the game with an RBI double off the wall in left that plated Grill.
After being held scoreless for the first two innings in game two, the Rebels posted a pair of runs in the third inning highlighted by a steal of home. Center fielder Alise Doubt led off the frame with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Doornberg. Ghinaudo then reached on a bunt single that moved Doubt to third before the pair pulled off a double steal that sent Doubt racing home with the game’s first run. Grill added a sac fly later in the inning that scored Ghinaudo from third and gave Ole Miss a 2-0 lead.
First baseman Aly Presswood added to the Rebel lead in the fourth with a solo home run to left center that put Ole Miss up 3-0. It was Presswood’s second homer of the season and the second of her career.
Ole Miss ended game two with a four-run sixth inning. Right fielder Amanda Hutcheson started the frame with a double to left center and scored on catcher Rachel Torres’ single up the middle. With one down and the bases loaded, Ashley Dowdy laced a single to single to center that scored Torres and Grill followed with a single to right that plated two more runs and gave the Rebels the 8-0 run-rule victory. Grill finished the doubleheader 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, while Doornberg added three hits and three runs scored.