MERIDIAN, Miss. - An explosion of offensive firepower and a combined two-hit shutout guided the Mississippi State softball team to a 10-0 victory over Marion Military Institute Sunday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at Clarkdale High School. The Maroon and White improved to 2-0 during the first-ever statewide fall tour under new head coach Vann Stuedeman.
"The Clarkdale Bulldogs and their coach Rick Roberson made us feel right at home as if we were playing on our own field," Stuedeman said. "There was a mountain of maroon and white in the stands and I can't thank the hosts and the great city of Meridian enough for their outstanding support."
Junior Kylie Vry started on the mound, leading the pitching staff to a combined two-hit shutout. Fellow junior Stephanie Becker fanned five over three innings, giving her 11 total strikeouts in six full frames this fall. Sophomore Shana Sherrod struck out the side in her lone inning of work, while seniors Misty Flesher and Lindsey Dunlap each retired the side in their inning inside the circle.
At the dish, sophomore Sam Lenahan cranked a first-inning grand slam and added an RBI single to anchor the Dawgs' offense with five RBI. Junior Jessica Cooley also went yard for the first time this fall, finishing with a homer, double and two RBI. In all, every Bulldog player saw action in the victory.
The Bulldogs resume their first-ever fall statewide tour in Tupelo on Sunday, Oct. 16, for a 1 p.m. contest against Wallace State at the Veterans Sports Complex. Following the game, the team will provide a free softball clinic and shirt for the first 100 fans age 10-18. Fans are encouraged to follow the team via Facebook and Twitter for more information regarding the fall schedule.