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Beuerlein Breaks MSU Freshman Strikeout Record In Midweek Win

South Carolina

STARKVILLE Reis Beuerlein was in control from the first batter of the game. She struck out the first two on her way to a Mississippi State freshman-record 14 strikeouts as the Bulldogs defeated Purdue, 5-1.
State (19-8) got multi-hit games from Chloe Malau’ulu and Brylie St. Clair. Malau’ulu’s second hit left the yard for a decisive two-run homer.
“That was a great game by Reis [Beuerlein] today. It is important that we got back-to-back quality starts by these pitchers in the midweek games, especially since we need them when the offense has to get going,” head coach Samantha Ricketts said. “It was huge to see her in control all game long. She had great command, mixed her pitches and got swings and misses on pretty much all of them. I’m proud of her for her effort. It helps make sure our bullpen is deep going into conference play this weekend.”
MSU broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth when Aquana Brownlee drew a bases-loaded walk to score St. Clair. Riley Hull brought Malau’ulu home with an RBI single, and Jackie McKenna hit a sacrifice fly into foul ground to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
Purdue (12-9) found Beuerlein’s only mistake in the fifth with a one-out solo homer, but the Bulldog freshman bounced back to strike out five of the final 10 Boilermakers. Malau’ulu then backed up her pitcher with the two-run homer in the bottom half of the…

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