News from MSU Media Relations--May 20

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Softball
TUCSON, Ariz. - Mississippi State dropped an 8-0 decision to top seed Arizona, then fell 12-10 to Pacific in the elimination game of the 2007 NCAA Tucson Regional. The Bulldogs finish the year at 35-27.

Against Pacific, MSU wasted no time getting on board. With one out and Hayle Guess on first, Courtney Bures singled, and advanced to second on the throw as Guess moved to third. Katie Cooley then laid down a sacrifice bunt that brought home Guess with the game's first run. Sammie Jo Bailey made it 2-0 with a single through the right side. Katie Johnson followed with a walk, but Jessie Bailey ended the inning by grounding to short.

Pacific got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Gina Carbonatto led off with a four-pitch walk, and moved to second on Lizzie Hagen's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Jennifer Curtier singled through the left side, scoring Carbonatto and cutting the deficit to 2-1. After Curtier stole second and advanced to third on Blair Hewett's throwing error, Kellie Wilson grounded to short, stranding Curtier at third.

In the third, Hewett and Nakita Boyce starting the inning with back-to-back infield singles. After Bramlett struck out, Guess advanced the runners with a groundout. But, they were left stranded as Bures struck out to end the inning.

Cooley led off the third with a single up the middle. Two batters later, Katie Johnson singled through the right side, sending Cooley to third. Jessie Bailey then brought home Cooley with a single up the middle. After Hewett walked to load the bases, Boyce made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly. Bramlett then flied out to deep right field to end the inning.

The Tigers again cut the deficit in half in the third. Vianney Campos led off with a single, and advanced to third on Carbonatto's ground out and a pass ball. Alyse Jorgenson then made it 4-2 with a grounder to second.

Pacific broke the game open in the fourth, sending 13 batters to the plate. Curtier and Wilson led off with back-to-back singles. Lauren Weyman then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Kelsey Nurnberg could not handle it, and everyone was safe. After Kelli Miller came in to pitch for State, Mandy Hickman singled to left center, scoring Curtier. Casey Goldsand then tied the game with a single. Two batters later, Carbonatto gave Pacific the lead, singling up the middle and driving in Hickman and Goldsand. Hagen continued the onslaught, singling to center and scoring Campos. Jorgensen then walked to reload the bases, ending Miller's day. Sara Hickerson came on, but immediately gave up a two-run single to Curtier. Hickerson then got Weyman to ground to short and seemingly get out of the inning, but Bures threw the ball away, allowing two runs to score. The Bulldogs finally got out of the inning when Hickman popped foul to Bures, but not before Pacific plated nine runs to take an 11-4 lead.

After the teams traded runs in the fifth, State put together a rally in the sixth. Cooley led off with a walk, and Sammie Jo Bailey doubled to left center. Johnson brought in Cooley with a single, and Bailey scored on a wild pitch. After Jessie Bailey walked to load the bases, Sammie Jo Bailey scored and Johnson and Bailey moved up on a wild pitch. Hewett then drove in Johnson with a single. Boyce drove in Bailey on a fielder's choice to make it 12-9. After Bramlett singled and Guess walked to load the bases, Bures reached on an error by Hagen, allowing Bramlett to come home. But Cooley grounded back to the pitcher, and the inning ended with Pacific ahead 12-10.

Against Arizona, Caitlin Lowe began the game reaching on Courtney Bures' 22nd error of the season. After Chelsie Mesa flied out to deep center, Lowe was thrown out trying to steal second. It was her first time caught stealing in 48 tries this year. Kristie Fox then singled, and Jenae Leles and Laine Roth drew walks to load the bases with two outs. But, Kelli Miller got Callista Balko to ground out to second, ending the threat.

Chelsea Bramlett led of the bottom of the first with a bunt single, and moved to second on Hayle Guess' sacrifice bunt. Bramlett was then picked off second, as she was caught taking too big of a lead. Katie Cooley followed by striking out to end the inning.

In the second, Miller retired the first two batters of the inning. Adrienne Acton then reached when Bramlett couldn't handle her ground ball, committing her 20th error of the season. But, Low grounded to short to end the inning.

Miller struck out Roth on a nine-pitch at-bat to begin the fourth. Balko then singled down the left field line. But, Sam Banister grounded into a double play, ending the inning.

In MSU's half of the fourth, Taryn Mowatt, retired the first two hitters. Cooley then hit a long double that hit off the top of the left field fence. But, Sammie Jo Bailey struck out, ending the inning.

Arizona struck in the fifth inning. With one out, Acton singled. Lowe then singled to short, but Bures' throw sailed into the Arizona dugout, allowing Lowe and Acton to take second and third. Mesa then tripled to right center field, clearing the bases. Kristie Fox followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Mesa. Leles grounded to third to end the inning, but the Wildcats held a 3-0 lead.

UA added to its lead in the sixth. After retiring the first two hitters, Sara Hickerson walked Sam Banister. K'Lee Arredondo then doubled to right center, scoring pinch-runner Jill Malina.

State wasted an opportunity in the sixth. Boyce and Bramlett hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. But, Mowatt got Guess and Bures to hit into force outs, and then got Cooley to ground back to the pitcher, ending the threat.

Arizona tacked on four runs in the seventh to close the scoring.


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