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.
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.