MSU drops tough softball game at Georgia

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CHRISTIAN SPEENEY
Staff Writer

A Southeastern Conference series win in Athens, Ga., for the Mississippi State Bulldogs will have to wait until at least another day.
After defeating Georgia 9-4 in game one of their series on Friday, MSU was unable to seal the away series victory in game two, losing 7-6.
Despite taking the lead in the fourth inning off of a second grand slam by Caroline Seitz in as many days, the Magnolia State Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on its chances after conceding a two-run home run in the fifth inning.
“It’s a really tough loss,” MSU coach Vann Stuedeman stated, “I’m really proud of our girls. They really played hard, kept with the grind, (and) they made some really nice defensive plays. We got some really nice barrels, but they just had a few more. They scored in every inning except the first and it’s really hard to bounce back from that, but our girls played hard and I’m really proud of them.”
Despite producing seven hits, the Bulldogs from Starkville struggled to bring in runs after placing runners on third base. Quite possibly MSU’s best chance at clawing its way back into the contest, a well-placed hit by pinch hitter Katie Anne Bailey into right field, was stopped by a diving catch to prevent a minimum of two runs for the visiting Bulldogs.
Prior to Friday, Seitz had yet to hit a grand slam in her collegiate career. However that all changed this weekend in Athens as the third baseman managed to record two in back to back games. Her contribution from Friday saw State pull away from their hosts to secure their victory, and Saturday’s effort kept the team within shouting distance to the very last pitch.
Seitz’s home runs over the past two days extends her career total to an astonishing 32 home runs, and places her at third all-time in MSU’s history.
Stuedeman’s squad will be looking to secure their first SEC series on the road this season Sunday, and the coaching staff believes they are in good shape to do so. “Cassady Knudsen and (Alexis) Silkwood are ready to go for (today),” Stuedeman said, “Cassady rested (Saturday) and Silkwood hasn’t pitched yet, and we still have Reagan Green. I’m not sure what they’re planning on doing with their starter, but we’ve got good arms ready to go. I like the way we’ve been hitting, and swinging the bat. We look good at the plate, and we’ve got a lot of good things going our way, so I’m looking forward to (today).”

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