Mississippi State's (20-10, 1-3 SEC) trip up to Knoxville got off to a bumpy start tonight as the Bulldogs would drop game one 6-2 to Tennessee (23-8, 4-3 SEC).
The Bulldogs started the game off strong with some clutch two-out hitting that has been fairly common as of late. After Kayla Winkfield and Calyn Adams both struck out, Katie Anne Bailey was able to get on base off of a muffed pitch. Amanda Ivy would then hit a double to right center field that would bring Bailey home. Mackenzie Toler would keep the exciting start going by singling out to left field which would bring MSU's early lead to 2-0.
Unfortunately, MSU lost all momentum after this at bat and the Bulldogs would go 0-22 at the plate after MSU's second run scored. Mississippi State's pitching staff performed admirably against one of the better hitting teams in the nation but Alexis Silkwood and Regan Green both struggled at times.
Silkwood's struggles from Sunday's Auburn game seemed to carry over into today as she struggled with command early, giving up five hits and two runs in 2.0 innings. The incredibly talented junior hasn't been able to hit her stride early on this year in the same manner as she has in her previous two seasons. Silkwood has yet to pick up a win this season despite having 40 career wins, good for sixth in the record books. Silkwood's struggles may be linked to being injured early on in the season and hopefully things will turn around for her soon.
The Bulldogs will return to action tomorrow at 1:00. You can catch the game online here.