STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State continues to wind down the non-conference portion of its schedule with a Tuesday trip to Itta Bena, Miss., to face Mississippi Valley State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT.
The Bulldogs enter the contest on a six-game winning streak that has upped the team’s record to 28-10, the second-best 38-game record in Mississippi State history, just one victory behind the 2006 squad’s 29-9 mark.
Including Tuesday’s contest, MSU has just three non-Southeastern Conference games left in 2014. So far this season, the Bulldogs have collected 26 non-league victories, the most for a Mississippi State club since totaling 28 in 2008.
The Bulldogs hold a commanding 25-1 lead in the all-time series with the Delta Devilettes. Mississippi State has won the last 17 meetings, including an 8-0 five-inning victory on Feb. 7 in the season opener.
In this year’s contest, senior Jessica Offutt went two-for-three with two runs scored while junior Katie Gentle and senior Logan Foulks each drove in two runs. Sophomore Jacey Punches earned the win in the circle, striking out a career-high nine batters in the complete-game performance. She allowed just one hit, a fourth-inning double from Natalia Covarrubias. The game was tied 0-0 until the bottom of the third, when Gentle singled up the middle to plate senior Sam Lenahan. MSU scored two in the fourth as Offutt scored on a throwing error and Lenahan tripled home senior Heidi Shape. A Foulks two-run single and bases-loaded walks to freshman Mackenzie Toler, Gentle and junior Ashley Phillips ended the contest in the fifth.
Since head coach Vann Stuedeman took the reins in 2012, the Bulldogs have gone 15-0 versus in-state clubs, including sweeping Ole Miss in back-to-back campaigns and capturing an MSU-best eight-straight games versus the rivals.
Mississippi State posted a 6-0 mark versus other Mississippi clubs during the 2013 campaign and is 1-0 this year against in-state foes with the season-opening victory over Mississippi Valley State.
MSU returns home this weekend for a three-game series against No. 16/19 Missouri. First pitch Friday is at 6 p.m. CT while the Saturday game begins at 3 p.m. and the Sunday finale at 1 p.m.