MSU (25-9) senior Alexis Silkwood started in the circle and went a strong 5.2 innings only giving up a solo home run in the fourth inning before being for pulled for the eventually winner Cassady Knudsen late in the sixth. USM (16-16) added one more run before the final frame started.
The seventh inning rally started when junior Morgan Bell reached base with one out. Kat Moore walked before a Bevia Robinson fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Calyn Adams. The junior worked a walk and scored Amanda Ivy, who was pinch running for Bell. Reggie Harrison proved to be the hero of the night when she singled up the middle to score two Bulldogs and give MSU a 3-2 lead. Knudsen (5-2) slammed the door shut in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory with three strikeouts.
Harrison went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Maroon and White attack offensively. Senior Caroline Seitz reached base three times on the night via a single and two walks. Emily Heimberger accounted for the MSU’s fifth hit on the evening with her single in the fifth.
Kim Crowson (6-6) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of work.
The Bulldogs face a quick turnaround as they host Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Nusz Park. The game will be televised by SECNetwork+ via the WatchESPN app.
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