For the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the hits kept coming Sunday as the Bulldogs completed a sweep of the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes with a 9-1, five inning victory in Starkville.
The win also pushed Mississippi State's record to 14-0, the second-best start to a regular season, and the 14th consecutive victory stands as the third longest winning streak in program history. The 2014 squad only trails the 2006 squad, which started 16-0, for the best start in school history.
An offensive explosion in the fifth inning closed the deal for Mississippi State Sunday as the Bulldogs plated seven runs to end the ball game. Senior Alison Owen picked up ten strikeouts in the victory, her second time to reach double figures in the series.
Mackenzie Toler went two for three and Caroline Seitz scored twice to help power the Mississippi State offense. However, Seitz may have done the most damage on a play that counted against her batting average. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Seitz put the ball in play to the second baseman, who committed a throwing error, allowing three runners to score to break the game open.
Mississippi State returns to action Friday as part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Softball Classic in Gulfport. The Bulldogs open up play at 2 pm against UTSA, and should Mississippi State win that game, they will face No. 15 Baylor at 8 pm with a chance to tie the mark for the best start in program history.