STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State plays its final regular-season non-conference contest of the regular season Tuesday at Jackson State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
The Bulldogs enter the Tuesday game with a 32-14 record, which is tied with the 2008 squad for the best 46-game mark in program history. Mississippi State has recorded 27 non-conference wins this season. One more would tie for the most since 2008 as that squad also claimed 28 non-league victories.
Last weekend, MSU earned its first home victory over a top-five team in program history, downing No. 3/2 Alabama 4-2 on Saturday. The Bulldogs repeated the feat Sunday with a 4-3 10-inning walk-off victory versus the Crimson Tide.
Going into Tuesday’s contest, the Bulldogs hold a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series with the Tigers and have outscored Jackson State 80-10. MSU has won five of the seven meetings via the run rule. This will be just the second trip to Jackson for Mississippi State, which won the first visit 11-2 in six innings on Feb. 29, 2012.
A year ago in Starkville, the Bulldogs claimed a 2-0 victory on April 2. Jacey Punches pitched her first career complete game, striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit in the contest. MSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Logan Foulks scored on an error. MSU scored again in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff home run from Foulks. Foulks scored both runs and was the only player to record more than one hit. Briana Bell, Julia Echols and Loryn Nichols tallied the Bulldogs’ other three hits.
Since head coach Vann Stuedeman took the reins in 2012, the Bulldogs have gone 16-0 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 2-0 this year against in-state foes with two victories against Mississippi Valley State.
The Bulldogs get back into Southeastern Conference action this weekend with a three-game set at No. 4/5 Tennessee. First pitch Friday is set for 5 p.m. CT. Saturday will start at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.