SALT LAKE CITY -- Mississippi senior pitcher Carly Hummel was on top of her game Monday en route to throwing the first perfect game in school history in a 5-0 win against Utah State. Aiding Hummel’s performance in the circle was the Ole Miss offense, which scored five runs on nine hits.
Hummel entered Monday’s game against the Aggies coming off a strong week at the Red and Blue Classic in which she won two games and earned her first two saves of her career with the Rebels. Hummel’s perfect game lowered her ERA for the year to 1.89.
“It’s the best stuff she’s ever had,” said head coach Windy Thees of Hummel. “It’s the best mentality she’s ever had. She competes, doesn’t get down when something happens, and has very good perspective right now.”
Ole Miss got on the board in the top of second with a deep, solo home run to left-center field by senior first baseman Londen Ladner.
Senior center fielder RT Cantillo hit a seeing-eye single to center field in the top of the third. Junior third baseman Allison Brown followed that with a double off the left field fence to score Cantillo from first base and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. Ladner finished the Rebels’ scoring in the inning with a stand-up RBI double to the right-field fence.
Sophomore designated player Madi Osias finished the scoring in the top of the seventh with a solo home run to center field. It was the second home run of the season for Osias.
A senior from Bakersfield, Calif., Hummel struck out a career-high 12 batters against Utah State. Hummel’s perfect game marked the fifth no-hitter in school history, and the second no-hitter of her career with the Rebels.
“I haven’t felt like I’ve had a performance this good since before I had my first surgery back in August a year ago,” Hummel said. “It was really good for me, not so much the outcome of the game, but even pitch movement wise and placement. Today was definitely one of my top performances.”
Ole Miss (12-7) lost the second game of the day Monday against home-standing Utah 6-2.