Briana Bell hit a pair of home runs to back a strong pitching performance by Stephanie Becker as Mississippi State overcame back-to-back home runs by Charleston Southern’s Stephanie Sbardella and Marci Christian as the Bulldogs won, 12-4, on Friday afternoon at CSU Softball Field.

Sbardella connected on a two-run blast in the bottom of the first and Christian followed four pitched later with a shot to center field for her team-leading sixth home run, while Linzy Rother added an RBI double to stake CSU to a 4-0 lead, but the Bulldogs (20-6) scored eight runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to close out the win.

The Bucs (5-19) fell to 0-4 against the Southeastern Conference this season. CSU opens Big South play this weekend with a three-game series against Longwood starting with a 1 p.m. doubleheader today.