February 17, 2017 10:44:49 AM
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Junior Reggie Harrison went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs Thursday to lead the Mississippi State softball team to a 4-1 victory against No. 21 Fresno State in Game 1 of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
"Very proud of this team for how they performed today and the amount of energy they brought from start to finish," said MSU coach Vann Stuedeman, whose team improved to 4-2. "Whether it was someone on the field or in the dugout, the energy was incredible and it sparked our performance. Now we have to put our focus on the games tomorrow and continuing to play with high energy all the time."
Fresno State used a double and a single to take a 1-0 lead. The lead didn't last long, as Harrison got a hold of a 3-2 pitch and sent it over the fence in left for the first homer of her MSU career.
With two outs on the board and the bases clear, Emily Heimberger singled. After an Amanda Ivy walk, an error pushed home two more runs to make it 3-1.
MSU added an insurance run in the third when Harrison singled home pinch runner Maddie Dorsett.
Senior Alexis Silkwood improved to 3-0 with her third complete game. She struck out four.
Heimberger had two hits and a run scored. Morgan Bell and Bevia Robinson also had hits.
MSU will face Cal State Fullerton at 10 a.m. today and Texas Tech at 7 tonight.
n No. 5 Alabama will take on Louisiana-Lafayette: At Lafayette, Louisiana, the No. 5 Alabama softball team (6-0) will take on No. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette in Game 1 of a three-game series at 5 tonight.
The teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Alabama went 5-0 on the opening weekend of the 2017 season, sweeping its opponents at the Kickin' Chicken Classic in Conway, South Carolina, before defeating South Alabama 3-1 on Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Alabama has outscored its opponents 46-6, including a 17-0 victory against Towson that was the highest run total in a season-opening game in program history.
Junior pitcher Alexis Osorio threw the fourth perfect game in program history on Friday against Coastal Carolina with a school-record 19 strikeouts. She started the season pitching 14 2/3 innings before allowing a baserunner.
Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off two losses to Southern Mississippi. Former New Hope High School standout D.J. Sanders is one of five starters returning for the Ragin' Cajuns. She has one home run and five RBIs in six starts.
n Southern Mississippi softball team will play host to Black and Gold Invitational: At Hattiesburg, the Southern Miss softball team will play Nicholls State at 7 tonight in its first game of the Black and Gold Invitational in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss (4-2) also play Jacksonville State at 3 p.m. Saturday and Nicholls (noon) and Mississippi Valley State (3 p.m.) on Sunday.
Southern Miss swept then-No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette in a doubleheader last weekend at the 31st-annual Louisiana Classic.
Former New Hope High standout Lauren Holifield hit a home run against the Ragin' Cajuns. She is third on the team with a .350 batting average. She has two home runs, five RBIs, and 13 total bases.
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