STARKVILLE, Miss. - The No. 12 LSU softball team dropped a 2-1 decision as Mississippi State rallied for a pair of runs during the sixth inning Saturday at the MSU Softball Stadium.
LSU (18-5, 1-1 SEC) had its 21-game winning streak over the Bulldogs (16-5, 1-1 SEC) which dated back to the 2005 season come to a close.
After posting five shutout frames to open up her first career SEC start, Meghan Patterson gave up a solo home run to Logan Foulks with one out during the sixth inning. The solo shot for Foulks was her team-leading sixth homer of the season and evened the score at 1-1.
The Bulldogs continued their charge after Sam Lenahan drew a one-out walk. Pinch runner Kayla Winkfield stole second base, and Jessica Cooley reached off a wild pitch after a strikeout to put runners on the corners. Shelby Fisher delivered a RBI single through the left side for the game winner.
Mississippi State turned to its ace Allison Owen out of the bullpen. She retired the Tigers in order to secure the 2-1 win and notch her third save of the season. Kylie Vry recorded a pair of strikeouts in her one inning of relief to earn the win and improve to 2-2 on the season.
Patterson tallied five strikeouts versus three walks over her 5.1 innings of work. She was touched up for two runs on four hits and fell to 3-2 for the season.
"Mississippi State did a good job," head coach Beth Torina said. "Foulks hit the ball well. Other than that, I thought Meghan had a very nice performance and did a good job in the circle. I would expect our offense to be able to score more runs."
LSU dented the scoreboard with the game's first run in the fifth inning. Kailey McCasland started the frame and was hit-by-a-pitch. After pinch runner Alex Boulet advanced to second base on Simone Heyward's sacrifice bunt, Boulet stole third base. She crossed the plate on A.J. Andrews perfect execution of a squeeze bunt.
"Alex always makes things happen for us when she's on-base," Torina said. "She's a special base runner, and I'm so confident she's going to score when she enters the game."
The Tigers were poised to extend their lead after Andrews stole second base, and Jacee Blades tacked on a single to right field.
Two batters later, Bianka Bell dropped a bunt down the first base line and avoided the tag attempt as Andrews scored. However, home plate umpire Will Lieske overruled his counterpart at first base and called Bell out of the baseline for the inning's final out.
"It's going to be a tough day without question," Torina said. "I'm sure we'll see Allison Owen pitch for them again. She's been good for them, and we'll definitely have our hard cut out for us."
The rubber game of the series is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. with a live audio webcast available for Geaux Zone subscribers at LSUsports.net/live.
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