STARKVILLE, Miss. – Another game, another Mississippi State record that now belongs to Alexis Silkwood.
Behind a seven-inning performance that featured six strikeouts, Silkwood (12-3) led the Bulldogs to a 6-4 victory against the South Carolina Gamecocks (23-15, 3-10 SEC) on Saturday to set the all-time MSU wins record with 56-career victories. MSU is 28-13 and 3-8 in the SWC.
Silkwood’s new title of winningest pitcher in MSU history adds to an already impressive list of records the senior currently holds. The East Alton native and four time Telegraph Player of the Year with the Marquette Catholic Explorers also owns the Bulldog career records for strikeouts (531), innings pitched (613.2) and complete games (48).
At Marquette, the 5-foot-4 Silkwood set state pitching records with 124 wins, 100 shutouts, 54 no-hitters and 1,907 strikeouts.
“I am really just so happy for her,” MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said. “She works hard and fights for this team every single day. She’s beaten everyone in the country. It’s like Vic Schaefer said about his team, don’t dare give her any credit, don’t pick her, because she’s better with her back against the wall. I’m really just happy for her.”
MSU the lead for good in the third inning and Silkwood put the finishing touches on her record-breaking win in the seventh. After a fly out on the first pitch and a groundout of the next batter, Silkwood ended the game with her sixth strikeout, as the batter went down swinging to seal the MSU victory.
“It was a fun, fun, fun day,” Silkwood said. “This just means that we’re unstoppable and we can compete with the best of the best, because we are the best of the best. It’s awesome to see all of Starkville out here supporting us. You can’t describe it. It’s fun to go out there and not just do it for the girl next to me, but for the city of Starkville, this university and all the little girls that play softball.”
A total of 1,413 fans packed into Nusz Park on Saturday, marking the third-largest Super Bulldog Weekend crowd in school history and the seventh largest overall.
Helping push Silkwood to the win was the standout play of MSU’s offense, as the Dogs recorded 10 hits on the day, their 11th game of the year with at least 10 hits. Of the 10, five were two baggers, marking the most doubles in a game since recording five against Memphis on April 22, 2015.
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