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MSU softball preps for SEC opener

The MSU softball team competed in the D-9 Citrus Classic this past weekend down in Orlando, Florida at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Bulldogs posted a perfect 5-0 last weekend and outscored opponents 27-5. The Bulldogs (15-4) are now on nine-game winning streak and have the best start by a Bulldogs club since 2008.

“I think every championship is won through team chemistry,” said MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman. “We had a great trip all-in-all, softball and off the field as well. We had a lot of fans come down, a lot of parents there, so we traveled well. We might have made some chemistry points this weekend.”

Bulldogs transfer ace Alison Owen from Newnan, GA threw in all five games and recorded three wins, two saves, and one no hitter on her way to being named the SEC pitcher of the week for the second straight week. She was also named the national pitcher of the week.

“Back to back pitcher of the week has been just a really awesome experience and I feel really blessed to have my name on the award, but I really feel like it’s a team effort,” Owen said. “There was no way I could have gotten that award if it wasn’t for the catchers behind the plate and the defense making plays left and right.”

Owen registered a 0.38 ERA during her four appearances over the weekend and totaled twenty-three strikeouts compared to only one walk

Owen also leads in the SEC in opponents’ batting average and is tied for the fewest walks allowed.

The Bulldogs offense was led by another transfer. This time it was slugger Logan Foulks.

Foulks hit .529 (9-17) over the weekend with three homeruns and six RBIs. She also drove in the game-winning or game-tying run in three or the five games.

“It gets easier when you have your dugout there trying to pick up signs, pick up pitches, and everything like that. It’s a team effort,” said Foulks. She added, “I might be up at the plate by myself, but there is so much behind the scenes stuff that goes on, that the light needs to shine on them a little bit too.”

The Bulldogs also got to check out a couple of Atlanta Braves spring training games too. Former Mississippi State baseball star and current Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm paid a visit to talk to the Bulldogs. That was very exciting for Georgia native Alison Owen.

“It was so awesome!” said Owen. “I’m from Georgia too so I’m a huge Braves fan, so just being around the Braves spring training was awesome for me anyway. He’s just so humble and it’s awesome to meet a pitcher that comes from our state and my home state.”

The Bulldogs kick-off conference play this weekend when they host the #12 ranked LSU Tigers at the MSU softball stadium.

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