The weekend was a veritable buffet of Mississippi State sports, as well as a nice opportunity to see the sun for the first time in what feels like months.
Lucky for us, kind media relations people have passed along some impressive stats and numbers from one of the best weekends Alison Owen (a softball pitcher) and Erica Bougard (a pentathlete on the track team) have had.
Playing in the Blues City Classic over the weekend, Vann Stuedeman’s softball team put up a 3-1 mark in the four games played.
But Owen’s numbers go a bit deeper than wins. Owen set the MSU record for strikeouts in a game with 15 on Saturday, then came back on Sunday and, wait for it, broke her own record, striking out 16.
The crazy part? Owen struck out the first nine batters in a row to start the game. SIU-E’s entire lineup struck out, start-to-finish.
On the season, Owen is 5-1 with a 0.52 ERA, a 65:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and an SEC-best .076 opponent batting average.
Her last three starts were all complete-game shutouts, in two of which she only allowed one hit.
Suffice to say, things are going well for Owen in her first season pitching for MSU.
On the track, as well as in the field, Bougard, a sophomore under coach Steve Dudley, had yet another impressive individual weekend.
Bougard entered the weekend ranked fourth nationally in the pentathlon and second in the SEC. At the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships on Friday, she set a personal best in four of the five competitions in the pentathlon, including wins in the 60-meter hurdles (8.35 seconds) and the long jump (21’01.25″).
Bougard placed second in the 800-meter run portion of the event, and were it not for disqualification from stepping out of bounds, her day would’ve ended historically.
“Erica performed like a champion today,” Dudley said. “Her performance would’ve ranked fourth in collegiate history and been a school record.”
Then, on Sunday, Bougard broke another school record with a 41 feet and 9.25 inches leap in the triple jump.
Just after that, MSU’s 4×400-meter relay team, with Bougard a part of the quartet, set a school record with a 3:39.28 mark.
Between Owen and Bougard, MSU had two ladies with a ton of great numbers over the weekend, and neither appears ready to slow down.