Bulldog Battle Features 11 Games In Three Days

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Julia Echols is coming off a career-high tying two base hits Wednesday at No. 15 Louisiana, including her first career double.
Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Fans with a Valentine's Day hangover can fall in love with softball as the Mississippi State softball team (3-2) hosts the Bulldog Battle Friday through Sunday at the MSU Softball Stadium. Western Kentucky and Murray State will kick off the weekend-long event at noon Friday in the first of 11 games, while the Bulldogs play a doubleheader at noon on Saturday and another one starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday.


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).

Starkville's Team battles Western Kentucky (noon) and Northwestern State (2 p.m.) on Saturday before closing the weekend Sunday with a 2 p.m. game against Murray State and a 4 p.m. contest vs. Lipscomb. The Maroon and White, who received two votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top-25 Poll released Feb. 12, are a combined 10-5 all-time vs. teams in the Bulldog Battle, including a 5-1 mark at home.

Head Coach Vann Stuedeman has won 16 of her last 20 non-conference games and is looking to extend her sparkling 10-1 record at the Dawg Diamond since April of last year. Of the four opponents this weekend, Lipscomb was the only team to play Stuedeman in her first season at the helm in Starkville. The Bulldogs defeated the Lady Bisons by a 3-1 margin on Feb. 10, 2012, at the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala.

Mississippi State is led by the stellar outfield combination of junior center fielder Jessica Offutt and sophomore right fielder Ashley Phillips. Offutt is hitting a team-best .417 on the year with five runs, three RBIs and two stolen bases, including her first career home run Wednesday night at No. 15 Louisiana. Phillips, the pride of Mississippi's Water Valley, is hitting at a .400 clip with five stolen bases (T-3rd SEC), three RBIs, and a pair of runs, doubles and walks.

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Bulldog Battle Marketing Promotions:

Saturday, February 16th - Western Kentucky "Bulldog Battle" (12:00 p.m.)
MSU Frisbee Giveaway to First 100 Fans
- "Boy's & Girl's Club Day at the Park"
- In-Game Twitter Trivia Giveaways

Saturday, February 16th - Northwestern State "Bulldog Battle" (2:00 p.m.)
2013 MSU Softball Posters
- Post Game Autograph Session & Kids Run the Bases
- In-Game Twitter Trivia Giveaways

Sunday, February 17th - Murray State "Bulldog Battle" (12:00 p.m.)
- Sunday Bingo with Giftcard Giveaways
- First Ptich - Bob Carskadon (HailState Beat)

 Sunday, February 17th - Lipscomb "Bulldog Battle" (2:00 p.m.)
- Sunday Bingo with Giftcard Giveaways

Season-Long Softball 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


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