STARKVILLE – Mississippi State softball is preparing for a pair of spring break games that will serve as its final tune-ups before opening conference play this weekend. State has added a game with North Dakota State on Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT, and its originally scheduled meeting with Purdue on Wednesday has been pushed back to 5 p.m.
MSU is 1-1 against the Bison, with their only meetings coming in the 2018 Tucson Regional. State lost a one-run game before eliminating NDSU in run-rule fashion with a 12-0 victory. The Boilermakers and Bulldogs have not met since 2011, and MSU holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. Purdue’s last trip to Starkville came in 2007.
Both the Bulldogs and the Bison have won seven of their last 10 games. The Bison enter the midweek matchups on a three-game winning streak. Purdue is on a two-game losing skid, but is 5-5 across its last 10 contests. The Boilermakers will also play the Bison on Wednesday at 2 p.m. before their matchup with State.
Admission to all MSU home games at Nusz Park is always free. The Bulldogs’ original promotional schedule has been tweaked with their modified schedule. Wii Sports Night is now Tuesday with sound effects and video board elements that fit that theme. Fans in attendance may enter a raffle to win a free Wii.
First Responder Night, which was postponed when Sunday’s game against ETSU was cancelled, has been rescheduled for Wednesday. Following the game, members of the Starkville Police and Fire Departments will compete on the field in a home run derby.
Tuesday, March 14
4 p.m. – North Dakota State | Live Stats | SEC Network+ (link will be provided when available)
Wednesday, March 15
6 p.m. – Purdue | Live Stats | SEC Network+
Disciplined Dawgs: The Bulldog hitters are averaging just 2.92 strikeouts per game, which ranks seventh nationally and second in the SEC. More impressive, MSU has struck out looking just 19 times in 25 games.
Take A Walk: Riley Hull is tied for sixth in the SEC with a .565 on-base percentage. She has 15 walks this year and is averaging 0.75 per game. As a team, State’s 90 walks rank 19th nationally.
Sacrificial State: The Bulldogs are tied for second in the SEC with 11 sacrifice bunts and tied for third with nine sacrifice flies. Brylie St. Clair is tied for second in the conference in…
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