Fayetteville, Ark. – No. 3 seed Auburn knocks out No. 11 seed Ole Miss, 8-7, in a fierce quarterfinal battle, advancing to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. After Icess Tresvik’s two-run homer and Rose Roach’s RBI single pushed the Tigers ahead in the fifth quarter, Maddie Penta fought her way out of the top of the seventh with bases loaded and two outs, eliminating the last batter.
A flurry of timely hits by each team, along with costly mistakes on both sides, led to an unpredictable roller coaster of play that kept fans on the edge of their seats. An action-packed third set seemed like the highlight of the game, but an intense low in the fifth that put Auburn ahead and an agonizing high in the seventh to secure the victory kept things interesting.
The Tigers’ numerous multi-run innings were the difference to the Rebels’ six-run outburst in the third as they scored the game-winning run in the fifth. Auburn had eight hits and five walks, striking out just two, consistently putting the ball in play to be big in crucial moments.
Penta won the stoppage, pitching 4.1 innings with four strikeouts, four walks and seven hits allowed while Annabelle Widra picked up the win after pitching 2.2 innings with two strikeouts and four hits allowed, including a home run.
How did it happen
B1 | Nelia Peralta started the offensive action with a single to center field and advanced to second on wild pitch before Bri Ellis walked. Lindsey Garcia’s two RBI single in the middle set things in motion before the Tigers could close out the first frame. Ole Miss 0, Auburn 2
T3 | The Rebels had runners first and second with one out after a hit and a walk in the top of the inning. Lexie Brady threw a line drive into right center field, landing second and bringing in both base runners to even the score. Keila Kamoku kept up the momentum with a whistling single down the left side, putting runners into the corners before advancing to second on a passed ball. With both runners in scoring position and Ole Miss DP Aynslie Furbush at home plate, the rally continued. His two RBI center field forced Auburn to turn things around on the mound. Widra threw a strikeout before Jalia Lassiter demolished a pitch over the left field fence to increase the damage. Tate Whitley found her spot first with a perfectly placed bunt, but Paige Smith fouled out in right field, ending the save. Ole Miss 6, Auburn 2
B3 | Peralta smashed a ball into the parking lot, just past the left field foul post, before settling for a simple line drive into center field with one out already on the books. An error by Rebels shortstop Mikayla Allee followed by a walk charged the bases before Garcia headed out into right field, but the runners would advance on a pitching error, including one through the plate. A grounder at second nearly ended the inning; however, Kamoku threw the ball away, allowing two more runs to score before the Rebels finally closed the door. Ole Miss 6, Auburn 5
T4 | Makayla Packer started the fourth frame on a high for the Auburn defense with a magnificent catch at full extension on the run to right-center. With two outs, Brady entered the batter’s box with a lead rally, landing a single that eluded left fielder Garcia and moved her up to second. Kamoku kept the pressure on the Auburn defense as Peralta tossed the ball and Brady scored, but Penta came on against Furbush with a strikeout to end the chaos. Ole Miss 7, Auburn 5
B5 | Ellis’ first walk made a significant dent as Tresvik evened things up with a two-run blast over the fence into left center field. Auburn then got to work, finding various ways to get runners on base, eventually pushing the go-ahead to the plate with Roach’s RBI single to the right side. However, Rebels center fielder Lassiter kept the Tigers from tackling on insurance runs, catching Peralta’s fly ball and doubling Packer on his way to third before Aspyn Godwin could drive home . Ole Miss 7, Auburn 8
T7 | The Rebels refused to go down quietly as Jones singled and advanced to third on Lassiter’s double to center field. Penta felt the pressure, walking Whitley with four straight runs to load the bases, but came back with a strikeout against Smith. With two outs and the win in play, a hit per pitch call was overruled after review and Penta worked Savanna Sikes to a full count before knocking her down to solidify the Tigers’ trip to the semifinals. Ole Miss 7, Auburn 8
Auburn will face the winner of Game 7 between No. 2 seed Georgia and No. 10 seed South Carolina in the SEC Tournament Semifinals on Friday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. CT, as televised on ESPN2.
Ole Miss is eliminated from the tournament and awaits the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night. Support for the NCAA Tournament will be released at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.