No. 8 Kentucky leaves 12 runners on as Mississippi State walks off
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky could not get its offense going Saturday, leaving a season-high 12 runners on base, as Mississippi State rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out, walk-off double from freshman Katie Ann Bailey to claim a 2-1 series-evening victory against the Wildcats.
After Mississippi State (20-3) scored first in the game with back-to-back doubles from Caroline Seitz and Logan Foulks to grab a 1-0 lead after four innings of play, Kentucky quickly tied the game at 1-1 with a rally in the top of the fifth inning. The rally started with back-to-back walks to Ansley Smith and Griffin Joiner before senior Lauren Cumbess belted a single off the wall in right field, scoring Ansley Smith to tie the game. The Wildcats loaded the bases with one out in the inning, before a fielder’s choice and strikeout ended the threat.
After both teams went scoreless in the sixth inning, Kentucky got its leadoff runner on in the seventh but could not score, sending the game to the bottom of the frame. After a groundout to start the seventh inning, Ashley Phillips singled to the left side of the infield and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kayla Winkfield. That set the scene for Bailey, who hit the first pitch she saw into the gap in left-centerfield to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 win.
The Bulldogs started the game with sophomore Jacey Punches, who went 1.2 innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts and a walk. She was replaced with the bases loaded in the second inning by freshman Alexis Silkwood, who threw the next 4.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts. Senior Alison Owen tossed a scoreless seventh inning to get the win, moving to 9-3 on the year.