STARKVILLE, Miss. – A leadoff solo home run in the top of the second by Londen Ladner gave Ole Miss a lead, but it wasn’t enough for the Rebels as Mississippi State won Friday’s series opener 5-1 at Mississippi State Softball Stadium in Starkville, Miss.
Ladner, a junior first baseman from Brandon, Miss., connected on her team-high tying fifth home run of the season with a shot well over the left field wall in the top of the second, giving the Rebels a 1-0 lead. It was just the Rebels’ fifth loss this season when scoring first.
Freshman designated player/pitcher Madi Osias entered Friday’s game connecting on five of her last seven at-bats with five RBI, four runs, one home run and two doubles. Osias got another hit Friday on a cool, clear evening in Starkville, making her 6-10 over the last three games combined.
Osias, who entered the game in a tie for sixth in the SEC with 10 relief appearances, made her 11th relief appearance, throwing one inning, walking two, striking out two and allowing zero runs to come home.
Trailing 1-0, Mississippi State responded in the bottom half of the second with a two-RBI bloop single to right-center to take a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead that would prove to be the final score. Mississippi State hit a solo home run to left-center field, and then hit a two-run home run to left field two batters later to take the four-run lead.
Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 1 p.m. CT at the Mississippi State Softball Stadium.
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