LAFAYETTE, La. - With a packed crowd of 837 cold Cajuns going crazy, the Mississippi State softball team fell victim to the Louisiana long ball, falling by a 9-1 margin to the University of Louisiana Wednesday night at Lamson Park. The Maroon and White dropped to 3-2 on the young season in the six-inning loss, while the No. 15 Ragin' Cajuns improved to 3-1.
"The Ragin' Cajuns are a great team with a really good pitcher in Jordan Wallace." Head Coach Vann Stuedeman said. "We look forward to going back to work in Starkville and hosting the Bulldog Battle this weekend."
Senior left-hander Stephanie Becker started for MSU and surrendered six runs in 5.1 innings to go along with eight strikeouts and one walk. Fellow senior southpaw Kylie Vry took the loss by giving up three runs (one earned) in zero official innings. Wallace picked up the win for UL, improving to 3-0 after striking out 12 Bulldog batters in 6.0 frames of labor.
At the plate, the Bulldogs tallied six hits, including sophomore Julia Echols (2-for-3) and junior Logan Foulks' (2-for-3) first multiple-hit games in MSU uniforms. Sophomore Ashley Phillips (1-for-3) and junior Jessica Offutt (1-for-2) also tallied base knocks for the Bulldogs.
It was Offut who put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first with a solo home run in the top of the third. The solo round-tripper for the junior was her first in 97 career games and in 193 at bats.
The Ragin' Cajuns responded in the bottom of the third frame by plating four runs of their own to take the lead. State's defense made two errors at third base, with the first miscue scoring UL's first run of the game. After a second MSU miscue put a second runner on the bags, UL cleanup hitter Matte Haack hit a three-run home run that bounced off the top of the wooden wall in left field.
State loaded the bases in the top of the fourth with a chance to go ahead, but failed to capitalize on the one-out opportunity.
The home team tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run by Shellie Landry. Louisiana finished the scoring with a two-run double to right center by Haack and a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.
Starkville's Team returns back to the Dawg Diamond in Mississippi's College Town to host the 2013 Bulldog Battle this weekend. The tournament begins Friday with three games starting at 12 p.m. at the MSU Softball Stadium. The Bulldogs however do not play until a noon doubleheader on Saturday followed by a noon doubleheader on Sunday. For more information on MSU Softball, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSB and like them on Facebook.com/MStateSB.
- Ashley Phillips continued her impressive start to the season and is now batting 6-for-15 (.400) with five stolen bases.
- After going 0-for-3 in the season opener, Jessica Offutt is hitting .556 (5-for-9) with five runs and three RBIs in her last four games.
- Julia Echols tied a career high with two hits, last doing so on March 13, 2011, vs. LSU as a member of the University of Georgia's squad.
- The Bulldogs fell to 3-12 all-time against Louisiana (2-5 in Lafayette), losing their sixth-straight contest against the Ragin' Cajuns.
- The Bulldog freshmen trio of right-hander Jacey Punches, right fielder Loryn Nichols and shortstop Kayla Winkfield made their collegiate road debut.