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STARKVILLE – No. 17/17 Mississippi State scored 16 runs on its way to its 15th run-rule victory of the season on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs scored 12 runs in the first before downing Memphis, 16-1, in five innings.
State (30-12, 9-9 SEC) sent 17 batters to the plate in the opening frame, collecting nine hits including two doubles and two two-run homers. Paige Cook had four RBIs in the first inning alone, and Sierra Sacco had stolen two bases. Sacco was one of four Bulldogs to score twice in the inning.
“I think I’m just proud of the way we came out and attacked,” head coach Samantha Ricketts said. “Just trying to get back in line after Sunday’s loss. We talked before the game, knowing that especially at this point of the season, every game is a big game. It doesn’t matter if we’re in conference or out of conference. When we’re playing for postseason seeding, every game matters. Just take care of business, get back to playing our game, not worrying about what the score is or who the opponent is. I thought they especially showed that in the first inning.”
Kylee Edwards hit a two-run homer and singled home a runner for three RBIs. Nadia Barbary, Jessie Blaine, Brylie St. Clair and Ella Wesolowski also recorded multi-RBI games. Every hitter played in the game, and 10 had at least one hit while Salen Hawkins, Jadyn Burney and Sacco all drew walks.
Matalasi Faapito drew the start and earned the win, tossing 3.0 shutout innings. Lexi Sosa threw the final frame, striking out two without allowing a run.

Samantha Ricketts on reaching 30 wins…
We did get to 30, that’s right. One of the things this team has done so well all year long is to really understand the concept that everything matters and that every game, every practice set up in the preseason in the fall, is all about postseason standings and not being in a position like we were last season. To be able to get to 30 put ourselves in a good spot this season and we’re still really controlling our own destiny down the stretch with what we have left in front of us. I’m just proud of their maturity, the way they’ve competed and just really gotten after their goals this season. I still don’t know if we’ve really played our best yet, which is exciting. We’re going to continue to work hard, especially with this bye week coming up after another big game tomorrow, to make sure we can finish strong through our regular season.”
Kylee Edwards on her homer…
“It felt really nice. It was a good swing on a good ball. I’m finally getting back into the groove of hitting the ball good. It felt great.”

Two Outs, So What? – State added six more two-out RBIs and now has 114 this year, which is tied for second in school history.
Everybody Up! – State batted around for the 10th time this year … the Bulldogs sent a season-high 17 batters to the plate in the first inning and matched their single-inning scoring high with 12 runs … MSU’s 15 run-rule victories this year are a school record.
Nadia Barbary – Doubled home two runs and scored one herself … ranks second in the SEC with 16 doubles this year, which is also tied for sixth in school history.
Jessie Blaine – Hit her seventh double of the season … drove in two runs for her eighth multi-RBI game of the year … was walked twice and scored three times.
Paige Cook – Hit her fifth home run of the season and the 27th of her career … now tied for ninth in MSU career history … collected four RBIs in the first inning alone … has 135 career RBIs, which is 10th in school history.
Megan Davidson – Recorded her second career hit.
Kylee Edwards – Hit her fifth home run of the season to bring in two RBIs, making this her fifth multi-RBI game of the season … finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Matalasi Faapito – Earned her third win of the season … recorded three strikeouts over 3.0 innings.
Madisyn KennedyDrove in her 52nd RBI of the year, which is tied for ninth in program history … now tied for eighth in MSU career history with 140 RBIs … scored twice.
Sierra Sacco – Walked twice, scored twice and stole two bases in the first inning … leads the team with 18 stolen bases, which ranks third in the SEC … also leads the team with 38 walks, which is tied for first in the SEC.
Brylie St. Clair – Drove in a season-high two RBIs.
Ella Wesolowski – Went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the first inning before being subbed out … posted her eighth multi-RBI game and multi-hit game of the season.

Bottom 1
Sierra Sacco drew a leadoff walk and stole second. With one out, Madisyn Kennedy reached on a throwing error and advanced to second while Sacco moved to third. Jessie Blaine doubled both runners home. Ella Wesolowski drove in Blaine with a single to right-center field. Paige Cook hit a two-run homer. Aquana Brownlee walked and scored on Kylee Edwards’ two-run homer to left-center field. With two outs, Sacco walked and stole second again. Nadia Barbary doubled to right-center and reached third when the outfielder mishandled the ball. Sacco scored from second. Kennedy singled to left field, scoring Barbary. Blaine walked, advancing Kennedy to second. Wesolowski singled up the middle to score Kennedy. Blaine advanced to third and Wesolowski took second on the throw home. Cook cleared the bases with a single up the middle.
Memphis 0, No. 17 Mississippi State 12
Bottom 2
Salen Hawkins walked. She advanced to second and third on two wild pitches. With one out, Barbary grounded out to the shortstop driving in Hawkins.
Memphis 0, No. 17 Mississippi State 13
Bottom 3
Blaine walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. She moved to third on a ground out from Morgan Bernardini. Burney drew a walk in her first at-bat. Edwards singled to right, bringing home Blaine while Burney advanced to second.
Memphis 0, No. 17 Mississippi State 14
Top 4
With one out, McKaylee Polk doubled to left field. Francesca Lumpp walked, and Polk advanced to third on the same pitch as a back pick attempt sailed into center field. Lumpp stole second base before Polk scored on a wild pitch.
Memphis 1, No. 17 Mississippi State 14
Bottom 4
Saleyna Daniel singled to lead off the inning. Megan Davidson also singled up the middle. Hull reached on a fielding error by the first baseman to load the bases. Brylie St. Clair singled through the left side scoring Daniel and Davidson.
Memphis 1, No. 17 Mississippi State 16

The Bulldogs play their second makeup game of the week on Wednesday, hosting South Alabama to close their current five-game homestand. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.
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