||Cardiac Bulldogs score 5 in 7th, walk-off vs. No. 2 Florida
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Making a habit of bringing toughness on every Sunday, it looked like Mississippi State (25-10, 5-7 SEC) would fall at the hands of No. 2 Florida (32-4, 5-4 SEC), but a five-run bottom of the seventh gave the Bulldogs a 5-3 walk-off win, Sunday at the MSU Softball Field.
State now has 13 come-from-behind victories this season, eight of which have come from multiple-run deficits. MSU now has three walk-off wins this season on Sunday afternoons, all of which have come vs. ranked opponents.
“What a game today,” head coach Vann Stuedeman said. “We hung around and scrapped for everything and in the seventh inning we were able to capitalize on our home field with crowd support to take it. Everyone is incredibly invested in the program and each other so results like today make all of the early mornings and late nights worth it.”
In the top of the first inning, Florida took a 2-0 lead on two unearned runs with the help from a throwing error and illegal pitch from the Bulldogs.
The defending national champions added another run in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 3-0 headed into the bottom of the seventh.
After back-to-back singles by senior Katie Gentle and sophomore catcher Katie Anne Bailey, a pinch-hit single by freshman Calyn Adams scored Gentle from second base. Another RBI single by senior Julia Echols added another run for State, bringing the Bulldogs within one.
On a 0-1 count, sophomore Caroline Seitz launched a high fly ball over the left field wall that plated three more runs for State and clinched the thrilling comeback victory over the second-ranked Gators.
Sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood (18-7) tallied another win on the season with today’s complete-game effort. Silkwood gave up three runs, all unearned, on six hits while striking out five and walking six. Florida pitcher Aleshia Ocasio (11-3) surrendered five runs, all earned, in 6.2 innings of work. She walked one and struck out ten.
The Bulldogs will re-take the road, this time with a four-game swing that will begin with a trip to Lipscomb on Tuesday, March 31 at 4 p.m. The game was previously scheduled for March 10, but was postponed due to inclement weather.