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.