After defeating Fresno State 4-1 yesterday, Vann Stuedeman and the Mississippi State softball team faced both Cal State Fullerton and Texas Tech in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge today.
In the first of their two games, the Bulldogs struggled mightily to produce runs. This trend has plagued Mississippi State to start the season and it cost them again today. MSU would lose to Cal State Fullerton 6-1.
The game was not MSU’s best by any stretch of the imagination, and State simply could not go score for score with the Titans this morning. However, they were able to turn things around this evening.
Alexis Silkwood took the circle for the Bulldogs against Texas Tech and remained undefeated on the season. Silkwood threw a complete game in which she struck out 3.
Mississippi State still has a problem with leaving runners on base, as they stranded 8 more tonight. But timely hits and Texas Tech’s errors gave the Bulldogs all the runs they needed.
Olivia Golden and Caroline Seitz each had a pair of RBIs in the game, with Golden going 2-4 at the plate and Seitz hitting 1-3 with a walk.
Mississippi State is now 5-3 on the season after today’s games. The Bulldogs will face Florida Gulf Coast tomorrow before heading back home to Starkville. They’ll take most of the week off and then they’ll host the February Freezer Tournament in Nusz Park.