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No. 7 Texas A&M Sweeps No. 19 Ole Miss

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 7 Texas A&M softball team completed its sweep against No. 19 Ole Miss with a 2-0 victory Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies (24-3, 3-0 SEC) were led by senior pitcher Lexi Smith, who stymied the Ole Miss (13-7, 0-3 SEC) offense to just two hits. The Temple, Texas, native fanned six and walked two in her second complete game of the season.

Offensively, Erica Russell and Keeli Milligan drove in the Aggies’ two runs with a pair of RBI singles in the fifth inning. Ashley WaltersRiley Sartain and Kristen Cuyos each recorded a hit as the Aggies outhit the Rebels, 5-3.

Kaitlin Lee was saddled with the loss to move to 8-3 on the year. The right-hander struck out one and walked one in six innings.


B5 Samantha Show drew a two-out walk and moved to second on a single into left by Kristen CuyosErica Russell then sent a flare into right field, plating Blake-Ann Fritsch, who pinch ran for Show. Keeli Milligan followed an infield single, driving in Cuyos for the second run of the inning. A&M 2, OM 0

Top Offensive Players:
Keeli Milligan | 1-for-3, H, RBI
Erica Russell | 1-for-2, H, RBI

Pitching Breakdown:
Lexi Smith (4-0, 1.11 ERA) | W, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 K, 2 BB


  • Tori Vidales passed Nicole Morgan (2011-14) and now ranks ninth all-time for putouts in her career with 982
  • Keeli Milligan has reached base in 16 consecutive games and has a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Texas A&M is 12-5 on SEC Opening Weekend, facing five ranked teams in six years
  • Texas A&M has won the last 11 meetings between the two teams



Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans
On sweeping Ole Miss…
“It is a big deal. I am really excited about it. I am really proud of our kids. I think we played so well. Defensively, that is what I expect out of our ball club. Riley Sartain was exceptional over there at third, and just made plays when we needed to. I just love the consistency that you saw day in and day out from our defense, and offensively we were just attacking. Having no errors in the series makes me happier than anything. I know that sounds weird, but a team that can play defense like that day in and day out will win more than its fair share of games.  I firmly believe that.”

On Lexi Smith
“I am so excited about Lexi. I woke up at about 2:30 this morning and texted Coach Dill. I was thinking about Lexi, and so I texted her here is what I think about this kid. We needed to find out if she could help us win SEC games. I told Coach Dill to go with her gut because I trust her and she has final say, but when we got together today as a coaching staff, she felt comfortable with Lexi. She had all of her ducks in a row. Lexi was phenomenal. She is a kid that it is easy to get excited for her because she is one of the most unselfish players I have ever coached. She cares more about the team than herself, and it is fun to coach a kid like that.”

On the two runs…
“Sam (Show) had a great at bat there. She stood in there and that last pitch on the full count was a tough one to take, but she did. She gave us a chance right there to make something happen. Kristen (Cuyos) gets up there, and that is a kid who is feeling a whole lot better about herself. She gets herself on base. With two outs, we are able to score in that situation. Erica Russell steps up and puts eyes on one to get it down the line. She stepped up and hit that ball. Keeli (Milligan) was able to give us that insurance run right after Erica and was finding a way. I was pleased to see us fight so hard, especially with the elements and the wind.”

On winning different types of games…
“I think it shows how versatile we are. It shows our fight, how competitive we are and our maturity. I think we keep our composure, and we know how to make plays, big plays at big times. We also know how to get a big hit at a big time and make a great pitch. I feel that we’ve got all the pieces. We have a long season ahead of us. I don’t have a lot to knock our team about. We played very well.”

On the energy of the dugout…
“I will go to war with that dugout. Those kids are all in. We had a long talk a few weeks ago, and I challenged the freshmen. Those freshmen came out and were phenomenal last week and brought it back this week. The whole dugout, not just the freshmen, but the freshmen joined the party so to speak. It is really fun to see our kids so excited and play the game so well.”

The Aggies return to action as they host Marist, Michigan State and UConn in the Reveille Classic at the Aggie Softball Complex beginning Thursday.

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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Posted by on Mar 11 2018. Filed under Sports.
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