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Mississippi State Drops Shutout Loss to Baylor in Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic

The Bears get the Bulldogs in first meeting since Lafayette Regional in 2015.

An early two run homer from Sydney Christensen and a nine strikeout performance from Baylor (10-3) starter Heather Stearns gave the Bears what they needed to pick up a 4-0 win over Mississippi State (11-2) Saturday night in Gulfport.

Sydney Christensen's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the second allowed Baylor to put the first runs of the game on the board as the Bears took a 2-0 lead after two innings.

In the fourth, Jessica Tomchesson scored on an unearned run to put Baylor ahead 3-0.

"I thought we looked really good," said Mississippi State coach Vann Stuedeman. "We have a few defensive things we need to clean up, and we are in a different situation."

Sarah Smith led off the top of the sixth with a solo shot to put the Bears ahead 4-0.

Mississippi State starter Regan Green went the distance in the loss, her first of the season (2-1).  She struck out five, giving up all four runs, three of which were earned.

"We had a freshman on the mound tonight, and I think she grew up," said Stuedeman. "She earned some expensive experience, but those are the the things she needs to experience heading into play in a strong Southeastern Conference."

Stearns (4-1) went the distance for Baylor.

Lindsey Cargill led the Bears with two hits.

Emily Heimberger picked up the only hit for Mississippi State, a one-out single in the top of the fifth.

The Bulldogs looked to have a chance to put runs on the board early when Heimberger and Kayla Winkfield drew walks to open the contest.  Stearns then forced a popup and picked up a strikeout before hitting Sarai Niu, who was hit by a pitch in all three of her at-bats against Baylor, to load the bases.  Stearns came back with another strikeout to end the threat.