Ole Miss softball taps into the power of a betta fish named Blast

Ole Miss adopts a betta fish as a symbol of offensive success in the SEC Softball Tournament.

Ole Miss sophomore Abbey Latham hit a grand slam to power the Rebels past Mississippi State 9-4 on Thursday at the SEC softball tournament. Coincidence that "Blast" the betta fish was making its debut in the Rebels' dugout? You decide.

Ole Miss came into the game on a four-game losing streak, during which it scored six runs total. In the fourth inning Thursday in College Station, Texas, the Rebels scored seven runs.

According to Latham, senior Brittany Finney purchased the undeniably dazzling royal blue betta with a flowing sky blue tail at a Walmart on Wednesday night. Word is she found the stunner in the pet section, not the magic section.

Blast, who has a street name of "Blasé," swam laps throughout the game and got the occasional kiss or fist (fin?) bump from its new teammates.

After the win, Latham quickly silenced speculation that her grand slam meant Blast earned a bunk in her room for the night.

"I can't take care of a fish," she said.

What remains to be seen is if the fish will continue to take care of the Rebels. They are scheduled to play fourth-seeded Kentucky on Friday.

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