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Ward Pitches Perfect Game, Bulldogs go 2-0

Softball season has begun and the Bulldogs go 2-0 over the Mavericks.

Photo by: Kelly Price/Mississippi State Athletics

Mississippi State senior pitcher Holly Ward tossed Mississippi State’s first perfect game in over two decades to shut down the Mississippi Valley Devilettes for a 10-0 victory in the squad’s first game of the year. The Bulldogs took an early lead with six runs coming in the first inning. Senior shortstop Reggie Harrison got the offense going by bringing in the the first run of the game with a bases-loaded hit by pitch. Redshirt junior utility player Blevia Robinson crossed home on a wild pitch, junior first baseman Sarai Niu and senior designated player Morgan Bell hit with back-to-back doubles. Senior infielder/catcher Calyn Adams drove in the final run of the first with an RBI single. MSU added four more runs in the second inning. Ward struck out a career-high 11 batters in five innings of work for the Bulldogs first perfect game since 1997.

Game two was led by senior right-hander Cassady Knudsen. She pitched 4.1 perfect innings against the Omaha Mavericks as the Bulldogs won 8-0. She struck out a career-high 10 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings.

MSU’s offense was clicking again in game two. The Bulldogs had a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

Freshman catcher/infielder Mia Davidson led the bulldogs with 3 RBI’s

Rain disrupted today’s games against Missouri State. The tournament will resume tomorrow with the Bulldogs (2-0) facing Missouri State (1-1) at 1 p.m. CT before taking on Mississippi Valley State (0-2) at 3 p.m. CT at Nusz Park.