Becker Throws Complete-Game Four Hitter In 1-0 Win At Southern Miss

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Becker had eight strikeouts in the four-hitter.
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Reigning Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week Stephanie Becker tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout at Southern Miss (13-27) Wednesday night for a 1-0 Mississippi State (30-19) victory at the Southern Miss Softball Complex. With their 11th-straight non-conference victory, the Bulldogs finish the 2012 regular season with a perfect 8-0 record against in-state teams.

"Becker was lights out tonight," Head Coach Vann Stuedeman said. "The defense was behind her from the first inning to the last out. She made them hit 10 balls in the air, all of which were caught by the defense behind her."

The southpaw threw an efficient 67 strikes on 92 pitches, going the distance for the team-best 12th time this season. Becker struck out eight and walked none in her second shutout of 2012 (March 3 vs. Eastern Illinois).

Sophomores Sam Lenahan (2-for-4) and Jessica Offutt (2-for-3) both had multiple-hit games, while senior Ka'ili Smith went 1-for-2 with a home run and two free passes. Also picking up base knocks for the Maroon and White were junior Jessica Cooley (1-for-4) and freshman Courtney Vanlandingham (1-for-2).

Smith scored the only run of the game in the top of the third, drilling an opposite-field solo shot off the scoreboard in left for her fourth home run of the season.

Starkville's Team returns home Saturday for a Senior Day doubleheader vs. Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m. For those that cannot attend the free event, video and audio streaming of both games will be available through HailStateTV at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive. For more information regarding MSU softball's last 2012 home weekend, follow the team on Twitter at @MStateSB and like the team at Facebook.com/MStateSB.

Postgame Notes

  • Mississippi State wraps up 2012 in-state schedule a perfect 8-0 against teams from Mississippi. The Bulldogs have won nine-straight games against in-state foes.
  • The Maroon and White improved to 31-12 all-time vs. Southern Miss, including 15-1 in Hattiesburg (six straight wins).
  • The Bulldogs have won 11-consecutive games against non-conference opponents, their longest stretch since the 2008 squad won 12 in a row. Starkville's Team has won nine in a row and 11 of its past 12 games overall.
  • Stephanie Becker struck out eight Wednesday, giving her 156 for the season. The southpaw's season total ranks fifth in school history, second by a MSU junior and sixth in the SEC in 2012.

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