STARKVILLE – Mississippi State claimed its fifth straight SEC victory with a 4-2 victory over No. 22 Georgia on Friday evening. The Bulldogs jumped out to a two-run lead within the third and added a pair of runs within the fourth.
Aspen Wesley allowed three hits in 4.0 innings and surrendered only one run following a leadoff double within the fourth. Alyssa Loza got here in to earn a save in her second consecutive look, throwing 3.0 innings with 5 strikeouts.
“They’re taking part in relaxed and free,” head coach Samantha Ricketts mentioned. “Additionally, they’re simply taking part in Mississippi State softball. They’re attacking extra. I noticed a whole lot of good, gritty performances. Our greatest recreation defensively, we possibly gave up extra free passes then we’d have preferred and nonetheless discovering a strategy to win. Nonetheless discovering methods to compete and never give in. That is one thing we now have been asking, training, and dealing in direction of all yr lengthy.”
The Bulldogs (30-22, 6-15 SEC) performed small ball within the third following a leadoff single from Christian Quinn. Montana Davidson then beat out a bunt single that allowed Quinn to go from first to 3rd. Davidson then stole second earlier than each runners ultimately scored on sacrifice flies.
Within the backside of the fourth Jackie McKenna pinch hit with the bases loaded. She drove a single into proper discipline to attain Mia Davidson and Paige Prepare dinner after the runners had reached on walks.
Samantha Ricketts on taking part in small ball within the third inning:
“The change of strategy is one thing we now have been working at. I believed Quinn did an amazing job of sparking that inning and discovering a approach on base. Then Montana placing down a sacrifice bunt once we knew what the protection was going to appear like. She did an amazing job listening and executing it. Then Quinn seeing that third base wasn’t coated and taking the additional base on Montana’s bunt. I feel we’re extra detail-oriented and executing what we would have liked to do. And Chloe and Fa with the sac flies, once more not getting too massive within the state of affairs, simply figuring out what their job is. With that state of affairs with the runner at third there are various methods to attain a run, and it would not all the time should be successful.”
Alyssa Loza on putting out a career-high 5 batters in reduction:
“I used to be simply trusting my pitches and the pitch calling, hitting my spots and making the ball transfer somewhat bit. Additionally, trusting my protection on the market and getting strikeouts. I’ll take these any day, however on the finish of the day all I’m searching for is to get some outs.”
Jackie McKenna on her pinch hit at-bat:
“I had the bases loaded, they usually switched the pitcher as quickly as I stepped up. We had been working her plan all week, so I knew what she was throwing. I watched the primary one as a result of I used to be a pinch hitter proper off the bench and I wanted to see one. That second one was on the skin nook, and I sat and drove it. I actually simply bought my barrel on the market.”
Jackie McKenna on her function in a rotation with Christian Quinn:
“We all the time choose one another up. It’s big that I’m a righty and a power-hitter, and Quinn is a lefty. It is actually totally different. I feel Quinn did very well on the market discovering a spot for us. Ricketts informed me at first that I used to be going to return in later. It was the proper state of affairs for me. I used to be prepared, sitting and preparing with my psychological at-bats.”
Let’s Go Streaking – The Bulldogs have received 5 consecutive SEC video games for the primary time since 2015 when State defeated Florida, swept Arkansas and defeated LSU … MSU has received three straight video games in opposition to ranked opponents for the fifth time in class historical past and the primary time since April 12-18, 2014 … State defeated then-No. 3 Alabama, 4-2 and 4-3 (10 inn.), together with then-No. 4 Tennessee, 2-0, in that span … It’s the first time MSU has finished so in three consecutive video games with out a break in opposition to an unranked group throughout the streak.
Montana Davidson – Beat out a bunt single and stole a base within the third inning … Now has 4 stolen bases this season.
Alyssa Loza – Earned a save for the second straight recreation … Picked up 5 strikeouts in reduction, matching her profession excessive set on April 19, 2019 in opposition to Ole Miss.
Jackie McKenna – Had two hits and two RBI’s … Delivered a two-run single as a pinch hitter … Now has 15 RBIs this season … Picked up her first game-winning RBI of the yr.
Brylie St. Clair – Got here in as a defensive substitute in heart discipline … Picked up successful within the fifth inning.
Aspen Wesley – Earned her first profession SEC victory.
Christian Quinn led off with a single to left discipline. Quinn superior to 3rd when Montana Davidson beat out a bunt single. Montana Davidson then stole second with out a throw. Quinn scored and Montana Davidson superior to 3rd on a sacrifice fly from Chloe Malau’ulu. Montana Davidson scored on a sacrifice fly from Fa Leilua. Georgia 0, Mississippi State 2
Lacey Fincher doubled to heart discipline. Fincher superior to 3rd on a floor out from Jayda Kearney. Fincher scored on a Sydney Chambley single by way of the proper facet. Georgia 1, Mississippi State 2
Mia Davidson led off with a stroll. Following a flyout, Paige Prepare dinner and Madisyn Kennedy drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Mia Davidson and Prepare dinner scored on a pinch-hit single to proper discipline from Jackie McKenna. Georgia 1, Mississippi State 4
Savana Sikes walked and superior to second on a wild pitch. Sikes superior to 3rd when Sydney Kuma grounded out to first base. Fincher walked to place runners on the corners. Sikes scored when Mackenzie Puckett singled to heart discipline. Georgia 2, Mississippi State 4
MSU and Georgia proceed the sequence on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CT. Saturday’s recreation can also be set to be nationally televised on the SEC Community.