MSU softball stretches winning streak to nine games

By: 
DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

Southeastern Conference softball is knocking on the door of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

It’s important to the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs to get as many non-conference games under their belt as possible to be ready for the first SEC series at Missouri next weekend.

MSU has played 24 non-conference games so far and have two more next week before hitting the league grind.

On Sunday, the Bulldogs picked up two wins over UMass Lowell 9-1 and 11-0 at Nusz Park.

The weather almost prevented some of the weekend games to be played, but MSU left fielder Morgan Bell was glad to get every inning in.

“We are going to try and play the game no matter what,” Bell said. “We were just happy to get out here and have good quality games, good at-bats and get some good defense. We’re looking forward to this next week.”
With the sweep on Sunday, the Bulldogs stretched their winning streak to nine games and now have a 21-3 record this season.

Bell and Sarai Niu each delivered a two-run single as MSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the second game.

In the second inning, Mia Davidson crushed a two-run home run and the Bulldogs were off and running with a 6-0 advantage.

That enabled MSU coach Vann Stuedeman to get several reserves into the game who have not seen much playing time this season and said it was a “really fun” experience.

“It’s O’Neil’s (Robinson) birthday, Grace Dabbs had two hits and a great catch in the outfield, Candace Denis threw a great game in just her second start, Macey Petrey got in and hit a long fly ball, Carter (Spexarth) came in twice the first game and the second game with pinch hits and RBIs,” Stuedeman said as she considered all of the replacements. “Everybody loves to see Alex Wilcox out there and she got her first in the season hit. Lindsey Williams made a couple of good plays at second base and O’Neil made a good play at first on a throw from Reggie (Harrison) with a grab and tag. I’m really happy with the depth of the team.”

The Bulldogs put up five more runs in the fourth inning and Denis closed out the game in the circle to end the game in five frames.

Denis (2-0) only gave up two hits, had five strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Davidson had a single and a double to go with her eighth homer of the season to lead the 14-hit MSU attack, while Bell and Dabbs chipped in a single and a double each and Emily Heimberger added two singles. Carter and Spexarth had one double each for the other extra base hits.

MSU 9, UMass Lowell 1

The Bulldogs began the successful day with a six-inning victory that was a completion of a suspended outing from Saturday.

After MSU scored eight of its runs in the first three innings, it added one more in the sixth to bring the run rule into play.

Bevia Robinson had three of the 10 hits for the Bulldogs, while Niu added a single and a double. Heimberger contributed a triple.

In the circle, Emily Williams (4-0) went the distance and only allowed one run on six hits with five walks and eight strikeouts.

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