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Mississippi State Softball Defeats Southern Illinois University 5-2

The Bulldogs earned their third win of the weekend and the top seed for the February Freezer tournament

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Mississippi State softball continued their winning ways in the February Freezer. The Bulldogs defeated the Salukis of Southern Illinois 5-2 thanks to some clutch hitting that led to a 5 run 5th inning for MSU.

Calyn Adams got the 5th started with a single to left center and was replaced by Carmen Carter who was brought in to pinch run. Emily Heimberger’s single with no outs would advance Carter to 2nd and give Bevia Robinson an opportunity to do some damage.

Robinson responded with a single of her own and a throwing error would allow Carter to come on home and score. Kat Moore would then tie the game up at 2-2 with her own hit.

Robinson and Moore would both steal bases, setting Olivia Golden up with 2 runners in scoring position. After singles by Golden and later Caroline Seitz, Mississippi State had claimed the 5-2 lead.

Cassady Knudsen drew the start for the Bulldogs and had a solid performance in her time in the circle. Knudsen faced 24 batters but she only gave up 3 hits and 2 runs. She did walk 6 batters, but she struck out 9 in her nice performance today.

Vann Stuedeman’s squad is now 9-3 on the year and is moments away from facing off with North Florida, a team that MSU beat 7-5 last night. With a win, Mississippi State would advance to the championship game of the tournament.