Uploaded Ad
stop
Article Image
View larger
Courtesy: hailstate.com

Stuedeman's Squad Begins Season With Bulldog Kickoff Classic

Share on Fancred
Print
Send this article to a friend
RSS
Shop
February 07, 2013

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The sequel begins for Mississippi State softball Head Coach Vann Stuedeman Thursday as she begins her second year at the helm of the Bulldog softball program starting with the season opener at 6 p.m. vs. South Alabama at the MSU Softball Stadium. The game is the first of 14 from Thursday through Sunday as part the 2013 MSU Bulldog Kickoff Classic, which also features Georgia State, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee State and Troy.

Admission is free for those that can attend, but for those that cannot, live video and audio streaming of the MSU games will be available online to HailStateTV subscribers (www.HailState.com/hstvlive).

The Bulldogs play Troy Friday at 6:30 p.m., Tennessee State Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Georgia State immediately following their game vs. TSU and wrap it up with a rematch vs. USA on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Maroon and White are a combined 16-2 all-time vs. teams in the tournament, including a 10-1 record at home.

After the winningest first year by a head coach in school history in 2012 (33-24, .579), Stuedeman begins the 21st season of MSU softball looking to continue her non-conference dominance. The dugout general closed 2012 having won 13 of her last 15 games outside of the SEC, while owning a perfect 8-0 overall record in mid-week non-conference showdowns.

Thursday features a contest pitting two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago on the same diamond. This season, Mississippi State received nine votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Preseason Top-25 Poll and two votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top-25 Preseason Poll. South Alabama also received votes as well.

In last year's season opener at USA on Feb. 9, 2012, the Jaguars were one strike away from a 2-1 victory in the top of the seventh before MSU designated player Brittany Bell hit a grand slam to give the Maroon and White a 5-2 lead in an eventual 7-2 victory.

In addition, the Maroon and White will debut transfers Alison Owen, Julia Echols and Logan Foulks this weekend. Owen has pitched in the Women's College World Series while at Georgia, Echols brings a wealth of SEC experience having been Owen's teammate at Georgia and Foulks comes to Starkville after finishing second in the ACC last year in slugging percentage at North Carolina.

For more information on MSU Softball, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSB and like them on Facebook.com/MStateSB.

Season-Long Marketing Promotions:

General In-Game Promotions:
Foul Ball Frenzy
- Receive a FREE Coupon When You Return a Foul Ball to the Marketing Table
Bring 'em Homers - MSU Softball T-Shirts will Be Thrown into the Stands for Number of Runs Scored
Load the Bases - One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE Coupon for a Local Starkville Business
Grand Slam! - Four MSU Softball T-Shirts will be Thrown into the Stands
MSU Double Play - Double Bubble Gum will be Thrown into the Stands
MSU Hits a Double - One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE Coupon for a Local Starkville Business
MSU Strikes-Out Opponent - One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE MSU Softball TShirt

Inning-By-Inning Promotions:
Bottom of 1st - Lead off Hit -  One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE Coupon for a Local Starkville Business
Top of 2nd - Sit 'em Down 1, 2, 3 -  One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE Coupon for a Local Starkville Business
Top of 3rd - Movie Trivia - One Lucky Fan will Receive TWO FREE Movie Tickets for Correctly Answering the Movie Trivia
Bottom of 4th - Chicken Dance! -  One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE Coupon for a Local Starkville Business
Top of 5th - Name That Tune -  One Lucky Fan will Receive a $5 iTunes Giftcard for Correctly Naming the Song Being Played
Bottom of 6th - Take the Plate with the Bulldogs -  One Lucky Fan will Receive 1, 2 or 3 FREE Coupons for a Local Starkville Business Based on the Hit (Single, Double or Triple)
Top of 7th - Player Trivia -  One Lucky Fan will Receive a FREE Coupon for a Local Starkville Business for Correctly Answering the Player Trivia Question

Single-Game Promotions:

Thursday, February 7th - South Alabama "Kickoff Classic" (6:00 p.m.)
- Dining Special:
44oz Popcorn, Smoked Sausage Dog and Coke for $8.00

Friday, February 8th - Troy "Kickoff Classic" (6:30 p.m.)
- GIVEAWAY:
MSU Custom Fans to First 50 Fans in Attendance - Honoring One MSU Senior
- Dining Special: 44oz Popcorn, Smoked Sausage Dog and Coke for $8.00
- Facebook Friday

Saturday, February 9th - Tennessee State "Kickoff Classic" (3:30 p.m.)
- Dining Special: 44oz Popcorn, Smoked Sausage Dog and Coke for $8.00
- In-Game Twitter Trivia Giveaways

Saturday, February 9th - Georgia State "Kickoff Classic" (5:30 p.m.)
- Dining Special: 44oz Popcorn, Smoked Sausage Dog and Coke for $8.00
- In-Game Twitter Trivia Giveaways

Sunday, February 10th - South Alabama "Kickoff Classic" (3:30 p.m.)
- GIVEAWAY:
Maroon & White Beads to First 400 Fans
- Dining Special: 44oz Popcorn, Smoked Sausage Dog and Coke for $8.00
- Mardi Gras Celebration Game
- King Cake Giveaway
- Sunday Bingo with Giftcard Giveaways
- Starkville Schools Day
- First Pitch - Lori Taylor (Starkville Schools)

MORE Softball

2014 Bulldog Kickoff Classic
advertisement
Alfa Insurance
Farm Bureau Insurance
Ford
yellowpages.com
CSS Sports
Advertisement