Battling adverse weather conditions all day, the Lady Bulldogs shot a 643 as a team and stands in 10th place, but only nine strokes out of fourth. Junior Julia Huh shot a 164 and is currently in a tie for 43rd. Freshman Suzanne Stanley shot a 165 and is in a tie for 45th while MSU sophomore Jillian Jones and freshman Gina Sharp shot a 166 and 176 respectively.
Louisville shot a 630 as a team and leads North Carolina State and Memphis by one stroke heading into Sunday's final round. Sunday's third round will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Kentucky's University Club with a shotgun start.
STARKVILLE, MISS. - The Mississippi State softball team got strong pitching and timely hitting performances on Day One of the MSU Fall Softball Tournament, defeating West Alabama, 13-1, then coming back to defeat a strong Alabama-Huntsville team, 4-3.
MSU pitchers only gave up seven hits on the day. Stephanie Comeaux and Sara Hickerson combined for a two-hitter in the first game against Belhaven, striking out seven. Against UAH, Kelli Miller went the distance, striking out two while allowing just five hits.
State batters hit .411 (23-56) on the day, led by junior shortstop Courtney Bures. Bures was 4-4 (1.000) on the day with two walks and six RBI.
In the first game, MSU scored four times in the first inning, and eight times in the third. Belhaven got a run back in the fifth, but State scored in the bottom half to close the scoring.
Against UAH, the Chargers got off to a quick start. After the first two batters walked Sage Woodham hit a three-run home run over the right centerfield fence. However, MSU got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. The game remained that way until the fifth inning. Michelle Kinney reached on a throwing error by the pitcher, and came all the way around to score. After two bunts singles and a sacrifice bunt, Chelsea Bramlett tied the game on a wild pitch, and Bures doubled to give the Bulldogs the lead.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with three games. Alabama-Huntsville faces Jones JC at 11:00 a.m., followed by Mississippi State-Alabama-Huntsville at 1:00 p.m. and Mississippi State-Jones JC at 3:00 p.m.