Mississippi State softball scored 18 runs total in a doubleheader sweep of Jackson State Tuesday, winning by scores of 8-0 and 10-3.
“I think the biggest thing we take from these two games is to just play our game and relax a little bit, not press so much and remember that we can put it all together at any moment,” head coach Samantha Ricketts said in a news release. “We’re continuing to play pitch by pitch and seeing how that works out for us at the end of the game and not worrying about it throughout the game.”
Carter Spexarth put on a mini home run derby Tuesday, muscling out three home runs and driving in six runs. She had a multi-homer game in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
“I never tell myself to hit a home run, but that last at-bat I was like let’s try to hit a home run,” Spexarth said. “I just did that and had fun. It was fun. I was just swinging.”
MSU’s pitching dominated, striking out 22 batters across two games with no walks issued in Game 1.
“I thought the pitchers did a great job of just attacking the zone and pitching to their strengths,” Ricketts said. “Even when they might get behind in 3-0 counts, they still went right at them.”
Mia Davidson hit a milestone home run Tuesday night, her 65th of her career that puts her fourth in SEC history for career home runs.
“I’m just hitting relaxed and trusting everything, trusting the process and doing that,” Davidson said. “I was just staying relaxed and seeing pitches. I told myself just hit line drives, and just a few of them I maybe got a little too under – the ones I hit to center field. Other than that, I just told myself to stay calm and swing the bat.”
MSU (24-19) will look for its first SEC win of the season against Texas A&M this weekend.
Hodge is the former sports editor for The Dispatch.