Texas A&M falls to Mississippi State, 3-2, at SEC Tournament

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Softball fell to Mississippi State, 3-2, in the first round of the SEC Tournament at Davis Diamond.

Mississippi State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first and added two runs in the third before the Aggies got their bats going in the fifth with a run on a Baylee Klingler sacrifice fly.

Texas A&M cut the Bulldogs' lead to one in the sixth after Haley Lee earned a walk to start off the inning and a Morgan Smith single to right allowed Ashlynn Walls, who pinch ran for Lee, to cross home.

Payton McBride and Morgan Smith led the offense as the pair recorded two hits apiece.

Kendall Potts was saddled with the loss after throwing the first 3.1 innings of the game, allowing six hits and three runs while walking one. Payton McBride closed out the final 2.2 innings of the game and fanned three while allowing two hits.

KEY INNINGS

B1 | Emily Heimberger doubled to left before touching home on a Kat Moore single through the right side. MSU 1, A&M 0

B3 | Heimberger bunted for a hit and Mia Davidson earned a walk before both advanced on a wild pitch. A Fa Leilua sacrifice fly and Moore single in the gap in right plated Heimberger and Davidson, respectively. MSU 3, A&M 0

T5 | Kelbi Fortenberry singled up the middle and advanced to third after a wild pitch and single to left by Payton McBride. A Baylee Klingler sacrifice fly allowed Fortenberry to cross home and break the scoring seal. MSU 3, A&M 1

T6 | Haley Lee landed on first after an eight-pitch walk and Ashlynn Walls entered the game as a pinch runner for Lee. Morgan Smith delivered a single to right, scoring Walls. MSU 3, A&M 2

Top Offensive Players:
Morgan Smith| 2-for-2, RBI, BB
Payton McBride| 2-for-4, 2B

Pitching Breakdown:
Kendall Potts (12-12) – L, 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 K, 1 BB
Payton McBride – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB

ON DECK

The Aggies will await their NCAA Tournament fate with the NCAA Selection Show set for 8:00 p.m. on Sunday airing nationally on ESPN2.