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The MSU softball team defeated Arkansas 4-3 to win their third straight SEC series

The Mississippi State Bulldog softball team is 34-15 overall and 8-10 in the SEC after bouncing back from their 5-4 second-game loss against the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 4-3 series win Monday night. The Bulldogs have now won three straight SEC series.

“What a great series,” Mississippi State head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “I enjoyed watching our kids digging deep and pulling it out. It wasn’t an easy feat at all. It was everything you expect in an SEC series. I’m excited about that third-straight SEC series.”

Arkansas scored first on a solo home run by Tori Cooper in the top half of the first inning.

Mississippi State responded with a run of their own when Calyn Adams’ groundout to short scored Bevia Robinson.

State took the lead In the third when Calyn Adams scored on an error.

The Bulldogs added two additional runs in the fourth and fifth on an RBI single by Caroline Seitz and a solo home run by Sarai Niu.

“It’s just stringing hits together,” Niu said. “It didn’t have to be anything big even though I hit a home run, it was the difference from a loss yesterday and a win today. Bouncing back is a big part of what our coaches teach us.”

The Bulldogs had seven hits for the game. Kat Moore and Sarai Niu each had two hits.

On the mound, after the home run by Razorback Tori Cooper, Bulldog starting pitcher Alexis Silkwood shut down the Razorbacks the next four innings, allowing no runs or hits.

Arkansas finally touched her for two additional runs in the sixth but Silkwood shut them down in the seventh for her 14th win of the season.

For the game, Silkwood gave up three runs on eight hits while walking five and striking out two.

“‘I had to keep going out there and pitching our game,” Silkwood said. “It’s easy to look at the defense and know they’ve got my back. I know when the ball is hit they would make an amazing play which they did.”

In addition to earning the win, Silkwood received more good news. She was drafted in the 5th round of the NFPL Draft by the Akron Racers as a pitcher. She is the 13th player from Mississippi State to be drafted.

“I’m so thankful for everything and everyone here that has helped me along the way,” Silkwood said. “It was definitely a long road but we’re not done yet.”

The Bulldogs go on the road this weekend to Jane B. Moore Field to face the Auburn Tigers. They return to Nusz Park on May 5th to close out the regular season against the Kentucky Wildcats.

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