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Georgia's Arevalo shuts down MSU again in softball

March 11, 2012

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs saw Georgia pitcher Erin Arevalo for the second-straight afternoon on the softball field.

Just like on Saturday, MSU had a difficult time catching up to Arevalo's pitches.

Arevalo went the distance on back-to-back days, hurling a four-hitter against the homestanding Bulldogs, struck out nine and did not walk a batter in Georgia's 5-0 victory.

"You tip your hat off to her and realize what a great pitcher she is," MSU softball coach Vann Stuedeman said. "She got some great late break on the ball. We went into our pre-game knowing we would see her again and were working on it. We felt like we had a real good game plan going in, but we just couldn't seem to catch up to it."

Georgia improved its records to 21-3 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference, while State fell to 15-9 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Arevalo retired MSU in order four out of the seven inning played.
The best opportunity the Magnolia State Bulldogs had to score was the third inning.

After Shelby Fisher and Jessica Offutt had back-to-back singles with one out, they moved up one base on a ground out by Ka'ili Smith. Pinch-hitter Chrissie Rovtar struck out to end the threat.

Arevalo only allowed State two more base runners the rest of the game.
Offutt had two of the four hits for MSU.

Georgia scored three runs in the second inning with the big blow being a two-run triple by Niaja Griffin. The visiting Bulldogs added one run in the third and one more in the seventh.

Mississippi State used three pitchers in the circle with starter Kylie Vry (4-3) getting the loss. Lindsey Dunlap and Stephanie Becker worked in relief.

After hosting the third and seventh ranked teams in the country, Stuedeman believes her team is now battle-tested and should be ready to face anything the rest of the season presents.

"We have faced two of the toughest opponents in our conference early and we can take some confidence to the rest of the SEC play, knowing we have seen some really good pitching early," Stuedeman said.

MSU travels for a week of spring break SEC softball action, beginning with a doubleheader at South Carolina Tuesday.

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