Silkwood Leads MSU to Win Over Arkansas

For Immediate Release

April 24, 2017

Silkwood Leads MSU To Third-Straight Series Win, Drafted By Akron Racers

STARKVILLE, Miss. – You could not have asked for a better night for Mississippi State senior Alexis Silkwood.

In front of her home crowd, Silkwood led the Mississippi State Bulldogs (34-15, 8-10 SEC) to a 4-3 victory against the 24th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks (28-18, 6-15 SEC), sealing a third-straight SEC series win for the Maroon and White.

Moments before she sealed her 13th win of the year, Silkwood was selected in the fifth round (24th pick) by the Akron Racers in the 2017 NPF Draft, making her the 13th Bulldog to reach the pros.

On the night, MSU’s senior ace went 7.0 innings (50th-career complete game), tossing a pair of strikeouts to lead the Dogs to their third-straight SEC series win, a feat they have not accomplished since 2014. That year, State took series from No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Tennessee and Arkansas in consecutive weekends.

The visitors would not make it easy on the Dogs, as Arkansas struck first with a solo home run in the opening frame.

However, much like Sunday night, the early lead would not last for long. After putting two on, State tied things up at 1-1 as a Calyn Adams RBI groundout scored Bevia Robinson.

After a silent second inning, the Maroon and White struck again. With two outs on the board, Adams and Sarai Niu put
together back-to-back singles to get things going for the Dogs. A fielding error on the Razorbacks allowed Reggie
Harrison to reach safely and Adams to score, giving MSU a 2-1 lead.

MSU kept it going in the fourth and fifth, tacking on a run in each. Caroline Seitz tallied an RBI single in the fourth, driving home Amanda Ivy to make it 3-1. She has now driven in 19 runs in her last nine contests.

The final insurance run came via the bat of Niu, who hit her second home run in as many days. A solo blast to left
center pushed MSU’s lead to 4-1 and gave the Dogs the cushion it needed to secure the win. Arkansas would attempt a rally in the sixth, scoring two runs, but would ultimately fall short.

Niu and Kat Moore led the way for MSU, each earning two hits on the night. Robinson, Seitz and Adams each tallied a hit as well. With her RBI single in the fourth, Seitz ups her career-long hitting streak to 11-straight games.

Silkwood Becomes 13th Bulldog To Reach NPF, Drafted By Akron Racers

“I feel just so blessed,” Silkwood said. “I am so thankful for everything and everyone here that has helped me along
the way. It was definitely a long road, but we’re not done yet. It’s just exciting to go out there with my sisters and compete.”

Source- Mississippi State Athletics

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