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Alabama’s 20-game winning streak in softball ends at Mississippi State

Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn suffered her first loss of year on unearned run

Eighth-ranked Alabama saw its 20-game winning streak come to an end in Starkville Saturday. Mississippi State got an unearned run and held Alabama to no runs for the 1-0 Southeastern Conference victory.

Sydney Littlejohn (9-1) suffered her first loss in the hard luck game, allowing just three hits and having the Bulldogs score the lone run of the game in the second inning following a fielding error.

Alabama (27-3, 4-1 SEC) was shut out for just the second time this season, with its two hits tied for its lowest offensive output of the season. Mississippi State (22-6, 2-3 SEC) had a no-hitter until the sixth inning.

Demi Turner and Chandler Dare had the Tide’s hits.

Here is the scoring highlight: 

With a runner on first and one out in the bottom of the second for Mississippi State, a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt attempt put runners at the corners. After a strikeout, a flare dropped down in shallow right field to score an unearned run.

That’s it. 

Alabama missed a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth, stranding a runner at second base, and eventually broke up Mississippi State’s no-hit bid in the top of the sixth on an infield single by Turner with one out. Dare followed with a single to left-center but a pair of fly balls to center field stranded the pair on base as the Tide remained behind 1-0.

Alabama went down in order in the top of the seventh, with a diving catch down the left-field line ending the game.

The three-game series concludes Sunday in Starkville, with first pitch in the rubber game at 4:30 p.m. CDT at Nusz Park. 

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