Seniors shine on their day: MSU defeats Arkansas in last game at home
Mississippi State senior Jessica Offutt (26) swings the bat, while senior Shana Sherrod pitches in relief against Arkansas on Sunday. (Photos by Lee Adams)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs had a couple of distractions on their mind this weekend.
It was the last time seven Bulldog seniors played at MSU Softball Stadium and the last two weekends had seen emotions high.
The Bulldogs fought both of those distractions and capped off the weekend with an 8-0 victory in six innings over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon to take the Southeastern Conference series.
"It's awesome for them to leave here on a win and a winning series," MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman said. "I just couldn't be prouder of them. All of them played and contributed.
"A big thing that we've focused on is ourselves. Stay on us â€“ that's kind of like their mantra. Coming off of those two huge weekends, it is hard. We kept telling them 'what got you here, won't take you there.'"
Logan Foulks, Sam Lenahan, Jessica Offutt, Heidi Shape, Shana Sherrod, Rachael Zdeb and Allison Owen were sent off in style on senior day.Â
Owen and Sherrod combined to pitch 1 1/3 innings in relief. They allowed just one run between them. Shape was the only senior to get a hit, but Lenahan was walked three times, Offutt and Zdeb each had a RBI and Foulks scored a run.
"It's definitely probably sweeter than any of our other wins just because it's awesome to be able to win the last game that I'm ever going to play on this field," Lenahan said.
The Bulldogs (37-16, 9-12) took series from both No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Tennessee in the last two weekends.
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