Offensive burst helps State win over Arkansas in softball
Players from the Starkville Park and Recreation girls softball league stand on the infield with Mississippi State's Heidi Shape (22) for the national anthem prior to Saturday's game against Arkansas. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)
Two swings of the bat gave Mississippi State the momentum it needed on Saturday.
Even though they might have been just a couple of the 17 hits for the Bulldogs, but grand slams from Sam Lenahan and Mackenzie Toler were certainly highlights of an 18-7 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks.
â€śI told them (Friday) night that (Saturdayâ€™s) game was going to be 15-13 and that is 28 combined so I was pretty close (at) 18-7,â€ť MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said. â€śArkansas can swing the bat. I totally expected a dog fight. I am glad we answered. (It) shows what our offense is capable of doing.â€ť
After dropping the opening game 6-4, senior Logan Foulks was excited to get back on the field to show, as Stuedeman said, what they are â€ścapable of doing.â€ť
â€śThey just out-fought us, point blank,â€ť Foulks said of Friday's loss. â€śCoaches didnâ€™t have to tell us that, which they did, but they didnâ€™t have to. We knew it. That is what we are known for â€“ the grit and fight, the swagger, (and) all that. That is what makes us good, (and) even great. That is what separates teams. We knew we had to come back out (Saturday). We had to play our game. We had to fight. We had to grind. We had to get it done.â€ť
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