Starkville, Miss. - Mississippi State dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 7 Georgia Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game series at the MSU Softball Stadium. The Maroon and White wrapped up the first week of Southeastern Conference play with a 15-9 overall record (1-4 SEC), while Georgia improved to 21-3 on the year (2-1 SEC).
"Georgia's Erin Arevalo pitched phenomenal today and yesterday," head coach Vann Stuedeman said. "We had a good gameplan entering the game, so we have to really tip our hat to her for the second day in a row."
Sophomore center fielder Jessica Offutt recorded half of MSU's hits, going a perfect 2-for-2, while junior first baseman Shelby Fisher (1-for-2) and sophomore third baseman Sam Lenahan (1-for-3) each knocked singles to the outfield.
Junior left-handed pitcher Kylie Vry fell to 4-3 in 2012, starting her first game on the rubber since Feb. 26 vs. No. 12 Michigan. The southpaw surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks in 3.0 innings pitched. Senior lefty Lindsey Dunlap kept State in the game with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, while junior left-hander Stephanie Becker pitched the final 1.2 innings, giving up a run on two hits. Arevalo (8-1) picked up the win for Georgia after striking out nine in a complete-game shutout.
Georgia jumped on the board first with three runs in the second. Center fielder Tess Sito led off the top of the second with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Third baseman Gracie Goulder came up after a Vry strikeout and singled to her position to knock Sito in. Up 1-0, Goulder stole second and advanced to third on a swinging strikeout by Vry. Georgia put runners on the corners when nine-hole hitter Anna Swafford walked on a full count. Returning to the top of the order, left fielder Niaja Griffin drove in both Goulder and Swafford with a triple down the right-field line.
The visitors from Athens would add to their lead with a run both in the third and the seventh. Sito scored her second run of the day in the top half of the third to make it 4-0, and UGA plated its last run of the weekend with an RBI single in the seventh by designated player Ashley Razey.
Starkville's team will open up the road portion of its SEC schedule starting Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. CT doubleheader at South Carolina. Live audio streaming of the game will be available online to HailStateTV subscribers (www.HailState.com/hstvlive). For more information regarding the showdown, follow the team on Twitter at @MStateSB and like the team at Facebook.com/MStateSB.