The Mississippi State Bulldogs softball team opened their season with the Bulldog Kickoff Classic at home Thursday night with a 3-2 loss against South Alabama.
In front of a packed house in Starkville, the Bulldogs got the fireworks going early with a two run homerun by junior catcher Sam Lenahan in the first inning.
Lenahan hit only two homeruns all of last season.
Bulldogs starter Alison Owen was making her first appearance for the maroon and white after sitting out last year after she transferred in from the University of Georgia.
Owen started off strong, not giving up her first hit till the fourth inning when the Bulldogs ran into trouble. South Alabama got on the board with back to back doubles, followed by a sac fly to tie the game.
The Jaguars took the lead in the sixth inning with a solo homerun by Blair Johnson off of Owen. Owen went the distance in the loss giving up three runs on three hits and nine strikeouts.
The Bulldogs left six runners on base compared to one for South Alabama.
The Bulldogs totaled four hits in the game, all coming from different players. Alison Phillips had the only stolen base in the game for the Bulldogs. Logan Foulks and Julia Echols went a combined 0-6 from the plate in their Bulldogs debut.
South Alabama pitcher Farish Beard went four inning allowing two runs on three hits, while recording three strikeouts and walking two. Hannah Campbell replaced her in the fifth while the game was tied at two. Campbell went on to shut the Bulldogs down from there on out to record the win. She finished only allowing one hit while striking out four.
The Bulldogs (0-1) will continue the round-robin classic tomorrow against Troy at 6:30pm. Admission is free.