STARKVILLE, Miss. – Kayla Gomness threw a complete-game five-hitter Wednesday night to lead the University of Central Arkansas softball team (20-10) to a 1-0 victory over 25th-ranked Mississippi State, their first victory over a ranked opponent since 2011.

The win closed a three-week, 14-game road trip for the Bears.


The Bears grabbed the game’s lone run in the top of the first inning, as Sam Forrest led off the inning with an infield single. After a wild pitch moved her to second. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Briana Whisenhunt. Sarah Bigej drove in Forrest with a sacrifice fly that the UCA runner did a nice job of sliding around the tag.


In the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs (20-9) got a pair of singles. The threat was ended by UCA catcher Jessie Taylor, who gunned down both baserunners as they tried to steal second base. 


Gomness mowed through the heart of the Mississippi State order in the bottom half of the frame, getting a ground out, a strikeout, and a flyout to secure the win.


Forrest and Taylor each picked up a pair of hits.


Central Arkansas returns to Southland Conference play this weekend, hosting Abilene Christian at Farris Field. The Bears and Wildcats will open the series with a doubleheader set to begin at 4 p.m. Friday, before closing out the series with a single game on Saturday at noon.