Alexis Silkwood (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page)

Mississippi State softball evens series with South Carolina with 6-4 win

Mississippi State softball evened their SEC series with South Carolina one game apiece with a 6-4 win at Nusz Field in front of 1,413 fans.

The Bulldogs created plenty of offensive opportunities early in the game. Bevia Robinson led off the first inning with a leadoff walk, then stole second base and scored the first run of the game for the Bulldogs when Caroline Seitz doubled to left field.

The Bulldogs continued their offensive success with three more runs in the third inning. The highlight of the inning was two doubles, a two-run double by Calyn Adams and an RBI double by Katie Anne Bailey.

“The overall gameplan was to fight,” said head coach Vann Stuedeman. “It was to be present every pitch and never go away.

“And the chemistry was much better today. We have to get people on base and get RBIs and that is what we did today. That shows up on the scoreboard and why we came out victorious today.”

Adams and Seitz had five of the six RBIs in the game.

“We were very successful today,” said Adams. “We swung at good pitches and got them together. We did a really good job today.”

While the offense was generating runs, on the mound Alexis Silkwood was dominating with a complete-game performance, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six.

Silkwood earned her 56th win, becoming Mississippi State’s all-time wins leader.

Stuedeman said the milestone for Silkwood was of no surprise to her.

“Since day-one we said, ‘she’s a Bulldog through and through.’ She’ll fight you and never go away,” said Stuedeman. “That’s all we can ask her to do and that shows up in the career record. I’m super proud of her.”

Silkwood said the record isn’t about her but about her teammates, the community of softball and Starkville.

“You have to go out there and fight until you have no fight left,” said Silkwood. “Not just do it for the girl next to me but do it for Starkville, for the University and all the little girls who play softball.”

The Bulldogs look to capture their fourth SEC win and their first SEC series win when they face South Carolina at noon on Sunday, the final day of Super Bulldog Weekend.

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