Offensive opportunities allowed the Bulldogs, now 33-14 overall and 7-9 in the SEC, to separate themselves from the Razorbacks (27-17, 5-14 SEC). The Bulldogs and Razorbacks both collected six hits but the Bulldogs’ three RBIs earned them the game-one victory.
“What we did was not try to get to big,” Mississippi State head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “Try to get the middle opp, try to hit hard ground balls up the middle. We had timely hits while they weren’t able to capitalize.”
Left-fielder Kat Moore, in additional to her outstanding catches, had her first solo home run of her college career in the fourth inning.
“It was pretty good,” Moore said. “I liked meeting my teammates at the plate, they were all hyped for me.”
Stuedeman said she looks forward to continued success from Kat Moore as she grows as a sophomore.
“She’s so much fun and she’s so talented,” Stuedeman said. “Really proud for her, great kid, and she’s only a sophomore. She’s going to be a great, great player.”
Caroline Seitz also continued her reign against SEC teams. She had an RBI single and two hits for the Bulldogs.
“What you’re seeing is the fruits of her labor,” Coach Stuedeman said. “It’s not an overnight success. Everybody’s getting to see the great hitter she is. She’s been grinding.”
On the mound MSU starting pitcher Cassady Knudsen completed 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on six hits while striking out three.
Alexis Silkwood came on in relief with the bases loaded in the fifth and got out of the situation with no runs scored.
“I told Cass (Knudsen) I got you,” Silkwood said, “Last time I was out there I didn’t so I got you this time.”
Silkwood threw 2.2 innings, allowing no runs or hits while striking out three to earn her fifth save of the season.
Stuedeman said she knew it was Silkwood’s time to showcase her dominance on the mound.
“She did a great job in getting the first strikeout,” Stuedeman said. “It’s not very often that happens for you when you get the bases loaded. It was a big moment for Silkwood and a big result for Silkwood.”
Mississippi State head coach Vann Stuedeman and the Bulldogs hope to continue their success and capture their third consecutive SEC series in a row when they take on No. 24 Arkansas at 6 p.m. Sunday night at Nusz Park on the campus of Mississippi State.
“We just have to take one pitch at a time,” Stuedeman said, “It’s hard to do. I think those moments where we can learn to control both positive and negative will help us. Being able to learn from them confidently with a win- it makes it a lot easier to remember and swallow. I think we have to keep confidence, keep playing pitch by pitch and learn from the opportunities.”