Mississippi State's (21-16, 2-8 SEC) struggles continued last night against the Alabama Crimson Tide (33-1, 6-4 SEC) in Tuscaloosa as the Bulldogs dropped game one of the series 7-1.
The Tide jumped out to an early 7-0 lead through two innings on junior Alexis Silkwood and the Bulldogs could never quite turn their fortunes around. Silkwood threw 2.1 innings, surrendering seven runs total, but only four of which were earned as Alabama's first three runs on the board were all due to a fielding error.
Sophomore Cassady Knudsen would come in to relieve her and pitched 3.2 innings in the circle. Knudsen walked four batters and only struck out one, but her outing was highlighted by keeping the Tide off of the scoreboard as she did not surrender a run.
The Bulldogs were able to rack up several hits against the vaunted Alabama pitching staff, MSU went 7-29 at the plate, but could only muster up one run in the seventh inning. When Mississippi State had runners on, the Bulldogs went 1-17. They also struggled with runner in scoring position, going a frustrating 0-10.
Historically, the Bulldogs tend to fair well under Vann Stuedeman in April after a March slump. Under Stuedeman, the Bulldogs have gone 55-43 in March, but have rebounded to go 41-23 in April, not including last night's game. But the Bulldogs have a historically difficult schedule this year, and the youth of this team has struggled lately against the upper echelon of the SEC.
Vann Stuedeman and her team will keep fighting, however. The Bulldogs have shown their potential to be great at times this season, particularly so against Auburn just a couple of series ago. Stuedeman's team will look to bounce back today and reverse their poor fortunes at 2:00 this afternoon.