March 5, 2018 9:01:24 AM
STARKVILLE -- Senior Holly Ward recorded her third shutout of the season Sunday to lead the Mississippi State softball team to a 5-0 victory against Sam Houston State in the Bulldog Slamboree at Nusz Park.
Ward (7-2) recorded a strike on the first or second pitch against every batter she faced. The right-hander allowed two hits, struck out 10, and didn't walk a batter.
"Holly (Ward) pitched lights out," MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said. "She did a Vann-tastic job. We used all of her pitches today. We tried some different pitches in some different situations to get ready for conference play. She's feeling pretty confident now. We just have to keep her there."
Junior Emily Heimberger went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Senior Calyn Adams had two RBIs.
MSU will continue its nine-game homestand at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Boston College. The game will be the third "No One Fights Alone" contest of the season. MSU will sport teal uniforms to bring awareness to ovarian cancer.
Mississippi beats No. 17 Ole Miss: At Oxford, Destini Brown had her eighth multi-hit game of the season, and her fourth in a row, Sunday to lead the Southern Mississippi softball team to a 5-2 victory against No. 17 Ole Miss in Ole Miss Classic.
Brown, a freshman, is hitting .523 and is the first Golden Eagle to reach 20 hits on the season with 23.
Southern Miss (9-10) received multi-hit games from Samantha Papp and Caitlyn Aldous. Chase Nelson, Sarah Van Schaik, Alyssa "Tata" Davis, and Kaley Fruge all had one hit.
Senior Samantha Robles (5-4) pitched her third complete game of the year. She struck out three.
Kaitlin Lee (8-1) worked through the first two frames unscathed but she allowed five runs in the third before being lifted for freshman Anna Borgen, who worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
Paige McKinney had two of Ole Miss' five hits.
Ole Miss (13-3) will play host to Boston College at 6 p.m. Tuesday (SEC Network).
n No. 11 Alabama loses to Northwestern: At Seattle, No. 11 Alabama lost to Northwestern 4-0 on Sunday in its final game of the Husky Classic.
Alabama (12-5) had only three hits against Northwestern (10-8). The Wildcats used an RBI single and a three-run home run in the fourth to earn the victory.
Alexis Osorio (3-3) tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.
Alabama will play host to the Easton Crimson Classic next weekend. Alabama will face Boston College and Fordham twice before finishing the weekend with a game against Samford.
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