Although Mississippi State's (13-3) pitching staff performed phenomenally, the Lady Bulldogs could not find a rhythm offensively as they split Friday night's doubleheader, losing to Northwestern State (12-5) 1-0. Mississippi State could only muster up two hits in 22 at bats against Lady Demons' starting pitcher Shelby Sells (4-3). Sells would go on to throw a complete game against the Bulldogs.
Freshman Regan Green got the start for Mississippi State (3-2) and threw 72 pitches over 5.0 innings, facing a total of 20 batters. Green walked one and gave up only four hits and one run, which was earned, but struck out four in her time pitching. MSU would turn to Cassady Knudsen for one inning of relief. After Knudsen, Holly Ward returned to action after starting the first game of the double header. Knudsen and Ward combined to throw 22 strikes out of 38 total pitches and struck out two opposing batters.
This is the second time in the last four games that Mississippi State has been shut out, but batting struggles are still uncharacteristic for this team. The Lady Bulldogs are still averaging 5.125 runs per game only giving up 1.75 runs per game.
The Lady Bulldogs will return to action tomorrow at 1:00 against Longwood (8-3) for the second game of a double header. After Longwood, MSU will face Central Arkansas (13-5).