SAN MARCOS, Texas - In its first road test of the season, No. 25 Mississippi State split a doubleheader at Texas State on Friday afternoon.
After falling 4-3 in the opener, the Bulldogs (7-2) bounced back with a 6-2 victory in the second game of the day. MSU made the most of a big inning, sending nine batters to the plate in the top of the fourth in the victory.
The Bulldogs hit three home runs and a pair of doubles on their way to their six runs. Carter Spexarth got things started with a blast over the bullpen in left field. Later in the inning, Mia Davidson and Fa Leilua went back-to-back with Davidson's a three-run shot.
Leilua was robbed of what appeared to be a home run in the first inning of Game 1, settling instead for an RBI double when the ball bounced off a flagpole and back into play.
The Bulldogs built a three-run lead with Paige Cook and Christian Quinn also driving in runs, but the Bobcats (3-2) responded with four unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Grace Fagan threw 4.2 innings of one-run ball to get the win in the nightcap. She struck out four while walking one.
Emily Williams drew the start in Game 1 and went 4.1 innings with five strikeouts. Aspen Wesley took the loss in relief.
Samantha Ricketts on the six-run inning in Game 2: "I really liked to see the fight and how we came together to string together quite a few hits there. It comes back to the energy and momentum. That's something we've been preaching a lot, for them to stay on it even when it doesn't go our way the first or second time through the lineup. They just never doubted that we were going to find a way to score some runs there. That goes back to the maturity of the group."
Fa Leilua on her home run in the six-run inning: "It was definitely exciting. We did what we had to do, which was keep calm, stay relaxed and stay in our bubble. That's what we do best. All I did was try to have fun. Especially in times like this coming back and the pressure, it's a great example to show the young ones. Keep calm in no matter what situation you're stuck in. I just kept calm and had some fun."
- The Big Inning -- The Bulldogs sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth inning of Game 2. ... State scored six runs on six hits while hitting three home runs and a pair of doubles.
- Fa Leilua - Doubled off a flagpole in center field in Game 1 ... Hit her 53rd career home run and went back-to-back with Mia Davidson for the second time this year in Game 2 ... Finished 3-for-5 on the day with two RBIs, a double and a home run. Mia Davidson - Was hit by a pitch twice in Game 1 and added a single ... Drove a three-run home run to left-center field in Game 2 ... Now boasts 55 career home runs, which is sixth among active players ... Passed Connor Powers for sole possession of fourth place on the MSU baseball and softball career leaderboard ... Reached base five times over two games.
- Montana Davidson - Extended her hitting streak to a career-long six games before it ended in Game 2 ... Hit .588 (10-for-17) over the course of the streak with three extra-base hits and five RBIs.
- Chloe Malau'ulu - Has reached base safely in a career-best 13 consecutive games ... Turned in a two-hit performance in Game 1 ... Singled and was hit by a pitch in Game 2.
- Anna Kate Segars - Saw her reached-base streak end at a career-long 14 games ... Went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in Game 2.
- Madisyn Kennedy - Made her season debut in Game 2, starting at shortstop ... Laid down a sacrifice bunt in her second at-bat that resulted in a run one batter later.
Game 1 Scoring Recap
Top 1 With one out, Mia Davidson singled to left field. Fa Leilua then hit a ball that cleared the fence but bounced back into play off a flagpole in center field. The ball was ruled in play, resulting in an RBI double as Mia Davidson scored. Mississippi State 1, Texas State 0
Top 4 Montana Davidson led off with a double to right-center field. Following a ground out, Paige Cook singled through the right side, and Montana Davidson scored with a hook slide to beat the throw home. On a ground ball to third, Cook beat the throw to second, breaking up a double play before Jackie McKenna was thrown out at first. Christian Quinn then singled to center field to bring Cook home from second. Mississippi State 3, Texas State 0
Bottom 4 Baylee Lemons opened the frame with a solo home run to left field. Mississippi State 3, Texas State 1
Bottom 5 Hannah Earls led off with a single to center. With one out, Tara Oltmann hit a home run to left center to tie the game. Mississippi State 3, Texas State 3
Bottom 6 Sydney Belvin led off with a single to left field and was advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt. ArieAnn Bell doubled off the left field wall to score Belvin. Mississippi State 3, Texas State 4
Game 2 Scoring Recap
Top 4 Carter Spexarth led off with a solo home run over the left field bullpen. Paige Cook hit a ball to the same part of the field, but it came up just short as she doubled off the top of the wall. Cook moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Madisyn Kennedy and scored when Christian Quinn doubled into left-center field. Following a pitching change, Chloe Malau'ulu was hit by a pitch. Mia Davidson and Fa Leilua then hit back-to-back home runs to plate four additional runs. Mississippi State 6, Texas State 0
Bottom 4 Tara Oltmann led off with a home run to center field. Mississippi State 6, Texas State 1
Bottom 7 Hailey MacKay led off with a double to left field and scored on Cat Crenek's single up the middle. Mississippi State 6, Texas State 2
The Bulldogs continue play in the Lone Star State Invitational on Saturday in Austin, Texas. State will meet No. 7 Texas at 10 a.m. Following that game, the Bulldogs will play Houston in a neutral-site contest at 12:30 p.m.