MSU starter Melissa Massey (17-9) allowed three earned runs on a pair of hits in just one-third of an inning of work to take the loss for State, with relievers Stephanie Comeaux and Sara Hickerson also seeing game action. Griffith (17-4) threw 75 pitches in just five innings of work, but got the complete game victory anyway despite allowing a pair of earned runs on four hits and a trio of free passes.
The loss ended a 10-game winning streak for State. Massey's loss was her first since an April 2 loss at Auburn, thereby snapping a personal eight-game winning streak for the junior from Fayetteville, Tenn.
Massey got into trouble immediately, allowing Georgia to load the bases with two consecutive one-out singles and a walk, then handed the Red and Black the game's first run by beaning Megan McAllister with the first offering of the at-bat. Comeaux did not fare much better, however, as her first offering was taken to leftfield by Courtney Knight, allowing Shannon McKeon to race home to give Georgia a 2-0 lead.
The Athens Bulldogs would stretch its lead out to three a couple of pitches later on Jade Jarvis' sac fly to centerfield, before State would finally close out the inning by getting Julie Milner on a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop Callye Williams.
Georgia would add three more runs in the second inning on an inside-the-park home run that went off the heel of leftfielder Hayle Guess's glove, before State would answer with a run of its own on Brown's fielder's choice RBI in the third. Georgia would add a plethora of insurance runs with a five-run fifth inning, but State would not go quietly, getting McMichael aboard via a leadoff single and following with a two-base sac hit and a RBI groundout from Waterman.
Mississippi State will resume play at the 2004 SEC Tournament on Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs suit up to face fourth-seeded Auburn in a loser's bracket contest at 1:30 p.m. A Mississippi State victory against the Tigers would move the Bulldogs into a semifinal contest against Friday's LSU/Alabama winner at 7:30 p.m.
GEORGIA 11, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2 (5 Innings)
Georgia (50-14) 330 05 - 11 11 0
Mississippi State (38-23) 001 01 - 2 4 1
Griffith and McKeon. Massey, Comeaux (1), Hickerson (4) and Waterman. W - Griffith (17-4). L - Massey (17-9). Save - None. SF - UGA, Jarvis. HR - Godfrey. 2B - UGA, McKeon, Milner, Green.