STARKVILLE, Miss. – The friendly confines of the MSU Softball Stadium will welcome home the Mississippi State softball team (20-10, 1-5 SEC), as the Bulldogs battle Auburn (21-13, 2-7 SEC) in a three-game set starting with a doubleheader Friday at 4 p.m. The series wraps up Saturday at 1 p.m., with an Easter egg hunt for all children taking place immediately following the series finale. Admission is free for those that can attend, but for those that cannot, live video and audio streaming of the series will be available online to HailStateTV subscribers (www.HailState.com/hstvlive).
Looking to snap a four-game losing streak, the Maroon and White will try to extend its 28-23 all-time record against the Tigers, including a 15-9 mark in Mississippi’s College Town. The Tigers won two out of three last May to close the 2012 regular season, with the series tied at five in the previous 10 matchups.
Led by junior slugger Sam Lenahan, the Bully Bombers will be looking to get hot at the plate this weekend. Lenahan enters the weekend having reached base safely in a career-high 23-consecutive games, thanks in large part to her walks per game (0.92, 14th) and on-base percentage (0.56, 21st), both of which rank in the top 25 in the NCAA. Also doing work at the dish is redshirt junior Erin Nesbit, who in her last 10 games is 10-for-22 (.455) with eight walks, five RBIs, two runs and a double.
In the circle, Head Coach Vann Stuedeman's pitching staff is 35th nationally in ERA (1.99) and is on pace to shatter the school records for strikeouts (on pace for 513), opponent batting average (.173) and strikeouts per seven innings (9.6). After pitching five shutouts in 57 games total in 2012, the MSU pitchers have already shut out seven opponents through 30 games this season.
Bulldog pitchers are holding opponents to a .141 average (33-for-234) with two outs, while the team is out-scoring opponents in two-out RBIs by a 47-14 margin.
For live in-game updates of MSU's conference clash, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSB. For pictures, like the team on Facebook at Facebook.com/MStateSB and visit the team's Instagram account at MStateSB. For pregame and postgame video, check out MSU's official YouTube channel at YouTube.com/HailState.
Friday, March 29th - Auburn (4:00 p.m. - DH)
- GIVEAWAY: MSU Custom Fans to First 50 Fans in Attendance - Honoring One MSU Senior
- "Salute to Those Who Serve Game" - Special Promotions for Local Military, Firemen and Police Officers
- Military Induction Ceremony by Columbus Air Force Base
- Facebook Friday Giveaway
Saturday, March 30th - Auburn (1:00 p.m.)
GIVEAWAY: 100 MSU Rally Towels
- "Daddy/Daughter Day at the Park"
- Easter Egg Hunt Following the Games
- Post Game Autograph Session & Kids Run the Bases
- In-Game Twitter Trivia Giveaways
- Barnes & Noble Softball Store on Site