The Mississippi State softball season came to a surprisingly quick end with its 9-3 upset loss Friday to Fordham in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Bulldogs (36-22) opened the NCAA Softball Tournament Regional on Thursday night with an 8-0 run-rule defeat at the hands of BYU, setting up the elimination game against the Rams (46-16).
Mississippi State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Reggie Harrison’s RBI double before the crowd of 1,325 at Dumke Family Stadium.
Fordham, however, struck for 4 runs in the top of the third inning, and another 4 runs in the fourth.
The Rams are five-time defending Atlantic 10 Conference champions, and they played like it against a Bulldogs team that was tested throughout the season.
The SEC set a conference record with all 13 members making it into the NCAA Tournament this year.
Pitcher Alexis Silkwood took the loss for Mississippi State, ending what had been a great career in Starkville.
Silkwood leaves the program as the school’s all-time leader in wins (59), strikeouts (555), complete games (50), innings pitched (665) and appearances (145).
All-SEC first-team selection Caroline Seitz also closed her Mississippi State softball career, second on the Bulldogs’ softball all-time home run list (37), third in doubles (53), fourth in RBI (166) and eighth in hits (230).
Mississippi State closed the year with a season-long 4-game losing streak that included a 2-1 defeat to Ole Miss at the SEC Softball Tournament last week in Knoxville.
The Rebels went on to win the event and are hosting a regional in Oxford.