STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - After allowing No. 7 Georgia (28-3, 6-2 SEC) to tie the game in the top of the seventh, No. 21 Mississippi State (27-5, 3-2) took advantage of an errant throw on junior Kat Moore's infield single to walk off a 5-4 victory at Nusz Park on Saturday afternoon to even the series.
Moore led MSU at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Her biggest hit of the night came in the bottom of the seventh as she singled to the pitcher advancing the winning run to third base. Pinch runner sophomore Maddie Dorsett took advantage of an errant throw at first to score the winning run on the play.
"Kat (Moore) is a spark plug on the field and off the field," said head coach Vann Stuedeman. "She's so fun to be around. She was having trouble getting the drag bunt, but the game knows. She gets that swinging bunt and makes it happen. It's tough to defend because it takes everyone by surprise."
Senior Holly Ward grinding it out in the circle for the Bulldogs. Over six innings of work, she allowed four runs off nine hits and three walks, while striking out five. Ward stranded base runner after base runner to preserve Mississippi State's lead until the seventh inning.
Cassady Knudsen recorded the final three outs of the game, allowing just one hits and one walk to earn the victory as the senior improved to 10-2 in the circle.
It was the Mississippi State Bulldogs that scored first in the game two of the series. Moore sent the first pitch she saw to left center for a single before freshman Mia Davidson slugged her 11th home run of the season to give State a 2-0 lead.
Junior Sarai Niu earned a free base with a one-out hit by pitch and senior Reggie Harrison took advantage with a home run to center to give MSU a 4-0 lead after one.
State would hold its 4-0 lead until the fourth inning. Georgia loaded the bases with one out with help of two walks and a single. Jordan Doggett cut the lead in half, plating two runs on a single through the left side. Georgia added its third run in the top of the fifth after a leadoff double and RBI single up the middle by Alysen Febrey.
In the top of the seventh, Alyssa DiCarlo singled up the middle to lead off the inning, forcing MSU to bring Knudsen in from the bullpen. With one out, Knudsen issued a walk to move the tying run into scoring position. Knudsen answered with a fly out to left field and quickly got two strikes on Ciara Bryan, but Bryan would single to right field to bring in a run to lock the game at 4-4.
MSU stormed right back, leading off the bottom of the seventh with a single through the left side off the bat of senior Calyn Adams, who was lifted for pinch runner Dorsett. Redshirt junior Bevia Robinson beat out a single to third base, before Moore's swinging bunt back to the pitcher and Georgia throwing error plated the winning run in walk-off fashion.