MSU softball ties single-game homer record in 10-3 victory against Lady Vols

The Bulldogs clubbed four home runs in the win.

Posted: May 5, 2018 11:02 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - Behind a record-tying four home runs, No. 24 Mississippi State (35-19, 7-16 SEC) knocked off No. 7 Tennessee (43-11, 13-10 SEC), 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Nusz Park to even up the series.

Four different Bulldogs knocked home runs in the series, which ties the single-game record, which was set on April 19, 2015 against Tennessee. Three Bulldogs turned in multi-hit performances led by senior Reggie Harrison, who went 2-for-2 with a home runs and two RBIs. Freshman Mia Davidson drove in three runs off her SEC-leading 17th home run of the season, which ties the MSU freshman record.

Senior Holly Ward tossed the complete game for the Bulldogs, allowing just two earned runs in the outing. Ward gave up four hits and six walks, but struck out nine Lady Vols to improve to 14-7 on the season.

Mississippi State took advantage of free passes in the bottom of the first to manufacture its first run of the game as three walks loaded the bases with two outs before Harrison was struck by a pitch to pick up an RBI.

The Bulldogs broke open the game in the bottom of the second as Davidson knocked a three-run bomb to take a 4-0 lead over UT. The Lady Volunteers would get a run back in the top of the fourth with a bases-loaded walk, but Ward responded with a strikeout to prevent further damage.

Junior Kat Moore plated the fifth Bulldog run of the game with an RBI triple in the third before scoring herself on a grounder to second off the bat of senior Calyn Adams. Tennessee plated its final runs of the game in the fourth off an RBI single and squeeze bunt and a close play at the plate.

Senior Morgan Bell knocked her second solo home run of the series and the second Bulldog homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth to push MSU's lead to 7-3. The third MSU homer would come in the top of the fifth as Harrison led off the inning with a solo shot to deep center. A second Moore triple of the game would follow before senior Carmen Carter brought in the run with a single through the left side.

Junior Sarai Niu would knock the record-tying homer with a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the sixth to take the Bulldog lead to 10-3. The Lady Volunteers would get the lead off runner on base with a single to Ward, but she would answer with a fly out to right and back-to-back strikeouts to pick up the win.

MAMA MIA!
Freshman Mia Davidson was a record-tying shot of its own as Davidson is now tied with Courtney Bures (2005) for the MSU freshman home run record and for second place on the single-season homer chart. Davidson now leads the entire SEC with her 17 homers.

BOMB SQUAD
With its four homers Saturday, Mississippi State tied the single-game record that was first set on April 19, 2015 against Tennessee. As a squad, Mississippi State has knocked 48 home runs this season, the third most in school history and the most by any squad since 2015.

PARTY LIKE IT'S 2010
With its victory over Tennessee, Mississippi State not only snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Lady Volunteers, but also recorded MSU's first home win over Tennessee since March 9, 2010 when the Bulldogs knocked off UT by a 5-4 final.

TENNESSEE SERIES SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Friday, May 4 - No.7 Tennessee def. No. 24 Mississippi State, 7-4
Saturday, May 5 - No. 24 Mississippi State def. No. 7 Tennessee, 10-3
Sunday, May 6 - No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 24 Mississippi State (1 p.m. CT)

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