STARKVILLE – Sunday’s game was a grand finale indeed to Mississippi State’s series with South Carolina. The Bulldogs won by run rule on a walk-off grand slam from Madisyn Kennedy.
After falling behind, 1-0, in the top of the first, State (22-8, 3-0 SEC) proceeded to score nine unanswered runs to win in five innings.
“I think it was just a full-team effort, and they wanted to make sure they came out ready to play and not be satisfied with just the series win yesterday,” head coach Samantha Ricketts. “We knew it was going to be another dog fight, and we had to bring our A game regardless of what the series was at during that time. They came out on the attack and that was evident in the first inning. I liked our at-bats a lot better. I thought we were more aggressive and ready to hit from the first inning on.”
Paige Cook started the comeback with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, and MSU never looked back. Kennedy doubled in a run in that frame as well. Aquana Brownlee homered, one of her three hits on the day, in the third, to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
With two outs in the fifth, Cook and Riley Hull walked around a Brownlee single to load the bases before Kennedy ended things with a home run to right-center field.
Matalasi Faapito picked up the win, going 3.0 innings and allowing just two hits. Reis Beuerlein finished the game, striking out three and allowing one…
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