Analyzing the annihilation: Lessons from Mississippi State softball's Bulldog Invitational showing

Samantha Ricketts and the Mississippi State softball sure seemed to have fun steamrolling right through the competition during the 2024 Bulldog Invitational. What can we learn from that sort of dominant showing?

2023 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
2023 NCAA Division I Softball Championship / Ian Maule/GettyImages
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No. 3: The pitching depth was wonderful to see for Mississippi State softball

Speaking of well-rounded approaches, Mississippi State used the entirety of a well-rounded pitching staff all throughout the weekend. A number of folks are going to get distracted by how the Mississippi State softball team thrived at the plate, but let’s not overlook the incredible work done by the Bulldogs' pitching staff.

Josey Marron, Aspen Wesley, Lexi Sosa, Matalasi Faapito, Hosanna Lindblade, and Delainey Everett all had impressive outings, combining to allow just seven runs over six games.

That’s remarkable.

Not all of that group will play dominant roles during the stretch of SEC play, but it’s exciting to see that Mississippi State might be able to go through and take the pressure off of its pitchers from time to time this year. 

That’ll allow this team to stay fresh. And that’s important if the Mississippi State softball team is going to have consistent success. The SEC can be grueling and cruel. That sort of depth gives MSU a shot at making it further along this year than it has in years past.