Softball Sweeps West Alabama and Gulf Coast CC

The Mississippi State softball team swept West Alabama and MS Gulf Coast Community College 13-0 and 10-0 Sunday afternoon to finish their fall season with a perfect 8-0 record.

Post-game Q&A with MSU head coach Jay Miller

What were your impressions of the two games today?
"I thought it was a good finish to the fall. We got excellent pitching the first game from both Ragan (Blake) and Kelli (Miller). Stephanie Comeaux came in and threw a wonderful game (the second game). Sara (Hickerson) struggled a little bit with control near the end, but she made the pitches when she needed to. We made some nice plays, defensively, behind her. I thought, defensively, we played great all weekend. And we swung the bats consistently throughout the lineup. We ran the bases very well and we ran aggressively. We saw a lot of good things this fall. Hopefully, there were a lot of things to build on."

Now that your fall season is over with, what will you work on until the spring?
"We will take a little time off this coming week, then we will get in a situation where we do individual work. There will be a lot of individual skill work. We will work on new pitches for the pitchers, work on mechanical things with our hitters. We will do a lot more videotape and breakdown tape and things like that with them."

Individual highlights from the 2 games

  • Ragan Blake - 1 W, 4 IP, 1 H, 7 SO, 0 BB, 0 R.
  • Kelli Miller - 1 S, 3 IP, 0 H, 7 SO, 0 BB, 0 R.
  • Sara Hickerson - 1 S, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 0 R.
  • Stephanie Comeaux - 1 W, 4 IP, 1 H, 6 SO, 1 BB, 0 R.

  • Hayle Guess - 8 AB, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI.
  • Jennifer Jessup - 5 AB, 3 H, 1 RBI.
  • Courtney Bures - 7 AB, 4 H, 2 3B, 5 RBI.
  • Callye Williams - 8 AB, 3 H, 3 RBI.
  • Blair Geddings - 4 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
  • Nakita Boyce - 3 AB, 3 H, 1 RBI.
  • Katie Johnson - 7 AB, 4 H, 1 3B, 1 RBI

    Team highlights

  • Made 1 error in the 2 games.
  • Pitchers threw two shutouts.

    Mary Ann Swindoll is the editor of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact her by email at

    STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ For the second-straight day, the Mississippi State Softball team got plethora of offense and overpowering defense, but this time completely shut down both teams it faced with a 10-0 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast CC and a 13-0 triumph over West Alabama Sunday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.

    The Bulldogs pounded out 14 hits in the opener against MGCCC, led by Courtney Bures who drove in three runs and scored twice on a 2-for-2 hitting line. Fellow rookie Nakita Boyce enjoyed her best outing of the Fall, collecting three hits in as many at-bats while scoring twice and driving in a run. Katie Johnson (2-for-3, 2 R) and Callye Williams (2-for-3) also turned in multi-hit showings for the Maroon and White.

    Defensively, the Bulldogs got a pair of seven strikeout performances from freshman Ragan Blake, who surrendered one hit in four innings of work to pick up the victory. Kelli Miller literally worked the last three hitless innings of the game as Gulf Coast played offense for the last nine outs.

    In the nightcap, State sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run second inning, then added five more in the fifth, to cruise past West Alabama, 13-0. The Bulldogs were led in the final game of Fall competition by sophomore Hayle Guess who drove in a pair and scored twice on a 3-for-5 night. Bures (2-for-5, 2 RBI), Johnson (2-for-4, R) and Blair Geddings (2-for-2, RBI) also provided offensive fireworks for the hosts.

    MSU starter Stephanie Comeaux, like she did during her Saturday outing, dominated, this time striking out six in four innings of one-hit ball. Sara Hickerson picked up the save by working the final three innings of the game, striking out two while allowing a pair of hits and two walks.

    The victories completed a perfect 8-0 run for the Bulldogs in two weekends of Fall play ­ one in which they outscored their opponents by a 71-3 count. State's offense, which took a hit with the graduation of seven seniors in May, tallied a .416 batting average, including a .487 mark over the last weekend of competition.

    The Maroon and White will now continue preseason conditioning with individual workouts through the end of the Fall semester. State will officially kick off its 2005 campaign Feb. 4-6 when MSU hosts the Bulldog Round-Robin at the MSU Softball Field. State will face N.C. State, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi Valley State at the season-opening gala.

    Source: MSU Media Relations

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