The fourth game of the season has come and gone and Vann Stuedeman and her team are still undefeated. Mississippi State (4-0) squared off with Alabama A&M (0-2) in the second game of a double header for the home team and won 2-1 in walk off fashion thanks to Katie Anne Bailey's single with the bases loaded and 1 out.
The game started with Cassady Knudsen pitching for MSU, and she threw 2.0 innings before running into a bit of trouble. Knudsen threw 37 total pitches and surrendered an unearned run to go with 3 hits before Stuedeman decided to go with freshman Cori Cooper. Cooper would throw for 4 complete innings and struck out 9 batters in her debut. Cooper maintained the game and kept Alabama A&M in check before being replaced by fellow freshman Regan Green. This was Green's second stint pitching today as she started the first game of the double header. Green would earn the win, throwing for 1 inning and striking out all 3 batters that she faced.
The visiting Alabama A&M Bulldogs would turn to Jordan Bradley for the start. Bradly threw 6.1 innings and gave up 2 runs, both of which were earned, along with 5 walks and hitting 1 batter. Bradley struck out 3 batters, and really had control for most of the game, until struggling in the 7th inning.
Unlike the previous 3 games for MSU, the bats were relatively quiet tonight, as the home Bulldogs could only get 3 hits on the board. MSU also struggled to get baserunners home, as they stranded 7. But these kinks can be worked out as the season wears on. And though the Bulldogs were forced to rely on pitching, that aspect of the game truly did not disappoint for the home team as only four hits were surrendered to go with the 12 strikeouts earned by the freshman duo of Cooper and Green.
The Bulldogs will look to continue their early unbeaten streak against the Houston Cougars tomorrow at 11 am to conclude the Bulldog Kickoff for the Maroon and White.