Vann Stuedeman and the Mississippi State softball team are still rolling out in California. After splitting a double header on Friday by taking down #23 Nebraska 9-0 and then upending #16 Oklahoma State 9-4, The Bulldogs needed a comeback to beat the Spartans of San Jose State.
To start the game, Stuedeman placed freshman Emily Williams in the circle and had her throw for 2.0 innings, striking out 2, but giving up 3 runs in the process. Though 2 of those runs were unearned, Holly Ward would relieve Williams in the 3rd inning and would wind up finishing the game. On her way toward earning her 6th win of the season, Ward faced 20 batters and struck out 5 of them in 5.0 innings of play, holding San Jose State to 1 run in the process.
In the scoring department, Mississippi State got a slower start than the Spartans. In the 1st inning, San Jose State put 2 runs up due to a throwing error and a single. With a 2-0 lead moving into the 3rd inning, SJSU would add another run to the board with a ground out RBI.
Down 3-0 in the 3rd, the Bulldogs would begin their comeback. With Calyn Adams on 3rd with one out, Kat Moore would take the plate and drive Adams home with a ground out to 2nd base. From there, Mia Davidson would hit a home run, her 4th of the season, and cut the lead to 3-2.
It was in the 5th inning that the Bulldogs took over the game, scoring 4 runs in the frame. After Moore found her way onto first base with a single, Davidson would move herself and Moore into scoring position with a double.
Reggie Harrison followed this up by hitting a single of her own that would bring both baserunners home, giving MSU a 4-3 lead. Morgan Bell later stepped in and hit a two run homer to center field, getting Harrison home and the Bulldogs a 6-3 lead. San Jose State would add another run in the top of the 6th inning, but couldn’t do anymore damage throughout the rest of the game.
With the 6-4 win, Mississippi State is now 12-2 and is currently riding a 3 game winning streak. The Bulldogs will face off against Cal State Fullerton in a bit to close out the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Mississippi State will then return home and host the Bulldog Slamboree at Nusz Park in Starkville.