MSU suffers 6-0 shutout to Ole Miss
Ole Miss baserunner RT Cantillo slides in under the tag of MSU third baseman Chelsea Raines during Friday's game. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
It wasn't a good sign early when Mississippi State pinch-runner Jessica Offutt was thrown out at the plate by Ole Miss leftfielder Brittany Broome during Friday afternoon's Southeastern Conference softball game.
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Things went from bad to worse for the Bulldogs as they dropped a 6-0 decision to the rival Rebels at the MSU Softball Field.
It was a game where Ole Miss cashed in opportunities and the homestanding Bulldogs didn't by leaving 11 runners on base.
"It was one of those things where nothing we did worked," MSU softball coach Jay Miller said. "You've got to give (the Rebels) credit. They got runners on base and drove them in. We didn't do a very good job of driving in runs when we had opportunities."
The Bulldogs had two key innings where they had a golden opportunity to score something.
In the fourth inning, MSU loaded the bases with a walk to Sam Lenahan, a single by Heidi Shape and Briana Bell was hit by a pitch. Miller sent pinch-hitter Jessica Cooley to the plate and she grounded out to short to end the frame.
The Bulldogs got a leadoff triple from Ali Bainbridge in the fifth inning, but were unable to get her home and she was eventually thrown out at the plate.
MSU left one runner on base in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Of the six hits for the Bulldogs, Shelby Fisher had the best day with a single and a double.
Overall, Miller know it wasn't a good day for his offense.
"The timing wasn't very good," Miller said. "Shelby had a couple of good hits for us and we can't get the ball out of the infield to drive her in."
On the opposite side, Ole Miss made its 11 hits count by scoring three runs in the third, one in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
The Rebels put the leadoff hitter on in five innings and four times they scored.
"That's one of the things we have to take care of," Miller said. "When you put that leadoff runner on base, you are putting your back against the wall. That's the result you are going to get."
Mississippi State (17-18, 6-5) hosts Ole Miss (13-24, 3-9) in the second game of the series today. The first-pitch is set for 1 p.m. and Miller hopes his squad gets off to a better start than it did Friday.
"This is the type of game you've got to put behind you and come out strong (today) from the first inning on and do a good job," Miller said.