The Mississippi State Bulldogs were looking to get some timely hits in softball.
MSU totaled 10 hits but only scored three runs as Tennessee took the second game of the Southeastern Conference series 10-3 Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.
"We had 10 hits, however we only had three runs," Bulldog head coach Vann Stuedeman said. "They have 13 hits and 10 runs, so the timeliness of our 10 hits needs to come when we have an opportunity to put a lot of runs on the board. We will continue to work on the timeliness of our hits."
Mississippi State left eight runners stranded.
Tennessee put up a six spot in the first inning, highlighted by Lauren Gibson's two RBI single.
The Bulldogs bounced back in the bottom of the first and scored two runs.
Ka'ili Smith led off with a walk. Jessica Offutt followed her with a walk of her own. Sam Lenahan drove a pitch up the middle to score both Smith and Offutt.
"We talk about fighting constantly," Stuedeman said. "We are never going to go away. We are going to be relentless and continue to try and have quality at-bats throughout the game. For us to answer quickly in the first inning and make them eventually have to pull their starter is a credit to coach (Alan) Reach, coach Beth (Mullins) and our hitters."
Kylie Vry got the start in the circle for MSU. After the six-run first inning, she settled down until the fourth inning when she gave up two runs. She was able to get out of without any more harm.
Tennessee scored two more runs in the sixth inning and Stuedeman decided to pull Vry and give way to Lindsey Dunlap.
"After that first inning we got some really good quality pitches out of (Vry)," Stuedeman said. "She is like a Greg Maddox. She has got to be very spotty and make sure she lives on the corners. Tennessee does a good job of making fast adjustments. Credit Kylie for battling against one of the best offenses in the nation."
Vry pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 10 runs on 13 hits. She walked three batters and stuck out two.
Jessica Cooley and Brittany Gates had multiple hits. Smith and Erin Nesbit each had a double.
The Bulldogs fell to 18-14 overall and 3-9 in conference play.
The two teams complete the series with game three today. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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